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We’re delighted to announce that Castle Gardens has been crowned winner of the Garden Centre Association’s national Christmas Competition in the Garden Centre category for the sixth time!

Merry Christmas!

Mike

 

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Tony and Helen

We had a great night at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Wales & West regional awards on Thursday 23 July, going home with a good haul of certificates, but a special mention must go to our houseplant department manager at Castle Gardens, Tony Das.

Tony joined us in 2011, taking over as department manager in 2012, and from then on Castle Gardens’ Houseplant Area has been awarded the certificate of merit every single year, making it four out of four in 2015. With the support of deputy manager, Helen Cuff, Tony has embraced the GCA’s annual audits, which are designed to recognise continuous improvement and help set industry benchmarks to be met and surpassed.

Once a hugely important product, houseplants have decreased in prominence in most UK garden centres in recent years, but Tony and his team have remained committed to offering the highest levels of quality, range and advice to our customers. We’ve even introduced a Houseplant Loyalty Card recently, earning you a £5 voucher to spend in the department once you’ve purchased five houseplants. Speak to Tony and the team for more details!

Mike

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Lucy Simpson gets blueberry shrubs ready for RHS Chelsea Flower Show small

You may remember that last year we were asked by Richard and Jane at Plankbridge to help put the finishing touches on their Tradestand Exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show providing beautiful marguerites and lavender. Well we are delighted to announce that Lucy Simpson, who manages Poundbury Gardens is currently nurturing some blueberry shrubs, borage and mint ready for Plankbridge to take to the UK’s most prestigious flower show, when they return on Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May 2015.

This year Plankbridge is taking a micro-kitchen inside a shepherd’s hut with the idea being for keen gardeners, foragers and experimental cooks to enjoy produce from their garden or allotments at its absolute freshest. Our plants will help set the scene at Chelsea and will hopefully inspire visitors to grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of ornamental plants and flowers.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, then please do stop by Tradestand PLW/1 to see the fruits of Lucy’s labours.

Mike

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