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As we gear up for the next Flower Show Forum at the end of March, I wanted to share an inspiring story about the success of Longburton Garden Club’s members, who revived their Flower and Produce Show after more than a decade, following the initial Flower Show Forum in 2016.

After deciding that they wanted to relaunch the village show, the members attended the Forum and found that it gave them the tools they needed to run a successful show. The community of knowledgeable individuals involved, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies, all willingly offered support and advice along the way, giving them confidence in relaunching the show after 10 years. The day was a huge success and the Longburton Flower and Produce Show will return on Saturday 19 August 2017.

The whole idea of the Flower Show Forum is to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive, so I was delighted to discover that we helped Longburton Garden Club get its show back on track. One of the key findings at the Forum was the need to entice younger people and less experienced gardeners in with alternative categories, and this is exactly what Christine and her team did. By involving local art and craft groups, the organisers made the event inclusive and accessible for the whole community.

The next Flower Show Forum will be held at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset on Thursday 30 March from 6:30pm. This third forum, which is free to attend, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs with the announcement of a new free pot scheme for local schools.

Mike

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One of the aims of the award-winning Flower Show Forum is to approach local schools and invite them to get involved with their local garden clubs and for the clubs to help with school gardening projects. This exciting new pot scheme initiative, which will be launched at the upcoming Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 March, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs.

Join us in The Butterfly House from 6:30pm and find out more and discover innovative ways to grow for your local flower show.

Mike

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There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea and homemade cake to banish those winter blues, so this February all three of our restaurants will be offering a free cup of loose leaf tea with any slice of carrot cake, Victoria or chocolate sponge. Once you have purchased all three, then you will be able to enjoy another free slice of cake and hot drink on us.

Pick up a loyalty card at The Apple Tree, The Engine Room or The Walled Garden and remember to ask the team to check it off each time you visit!

Mike

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Visit Father Christmas at Castle Gardens this December.

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Castle Gardens has once again won the Garden Centre Association’s annual Christmas Competition. This makes us a seven-time national champion in the Garden Centre category and the whole team at The Gardens Group is delighted. It is a real team effort, everyone pulls together to bring these magical displays to life and create a truly magnificent experience for everyone who visits.

It is an absolute pleasure to be announcing this wonderful news, especially as there is still plenty of time to visit if you haven’t already.

Mike

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Visits cost £6 per child, which includes a present.

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Queen Mother Statue outside Poundbury Gardens and The Engine Room.

The atmosphere in Poundbury was electric yesterday, as hundreds of people lined the streets around Queen Mother Square to catch a glimpse of the Royal visitors. Her Majesty The Queen, along with The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived to a fanfare before a short tour.

Poundbury Gardens and The Engine Room provided the backdrop for the grand unveiling of the much-anticipated Queen Mother statue, which now stands tall and proud outside of the garden centre and restaurant. We were also delighted to be a part of this very special occasion, hosting the contractors and their families, who have been involved in the development of Poundbury.

Mike

 

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