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As part of Brimsmore Gardens’ 25th anniversary celebrations, we ran a competition for schools and local community groups, inviting them to get in touch and apply for a gardening kit or to have a commemorative Silver Birch tree planted. Over the past couple of months, the selected schools and groups have been collecting their kits, while Karen and the team have been travelling around the local area planting the trees to mark our big birthday.

It’s been such a pleasure to hear about so many people doing inspiring things to get children outside and interacting with wildlife and growing. This is something which we are always looking to encourage, so we are delighted to be able to support this new wave of young gardeners.

We look forward to seeing how their efforts unfold!

Mike

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Radipole & Southill narcissi

As we gear up for this evening’s award-winning Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens, we have had some great news from Radipole and Southill Horticultural Society, which has seen a 40% rise in Flower Show entries since we all met last year. As well as sharing this wonderful news, the organisers sent in pictures of these beautiful ‘Pink Pride’ narcissi, which we donated for the members to grow for their spring show.

 

We really hope to hear more positive stories from gardening clubs and horticultural societies this summer.

 

Mike

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There’s still time for teachers, parents and guardians to register for the next Flower Show Forum on Thursday 30 March at Castle Gardens. Come along and join your local gardening clubs and horticultural societies and find out about the free pot scheme for schools.

One of the central aims of the Flower Show Forum is to help gardening clubs and schools connect and work together. We really hope that the pot scheme will get new conversations started, which will then lead to new relationships being built and budding gardeners being inspired to get involved. By engaging with the next generation, we want to ensure that the traditional flower show remains a firm fixture of the summer calendar in villages and towns for many years to come.

Flower Show Forum, Thursday 30 March, 6:30pm.  Register by emailing thegoldclub@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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L-R: Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group, Juilian Winfield, GCA Chairman, and Fred MacAulay, comedian and awards dinner compere, at the GCA Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at The Fairmont in St Andrews.

We’re just back from the annual Garden Centre Association’s Conference in St Andrews and our luggage was a little heavier on the way home, as The Gardens Group was awarded the Worrall Cup trophy for Best Marketing Campaign or Initiative. We were awarded this prestigious award for the Flower Show Forum initiative, which we launched back in 2016 with the aim of helping the traditional flower show to survive and thrive.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who brought their knowledge, expertise and ideas to the floor including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies and the many participating gardening clubs. We look forward to building upon this success, as we all continue to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive for generations to come.

The next Flower Show Forum is due to take place at Castle Gardens in March 2017.

Mike

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We’re always extremely proud to support local initiatives that encourage the community, especially the younger generation, to get gardening, so last Friday Adam, Steve and Mark planted eight new trees on Stilby Road in Yeovil, as part of a new community project led by Westfield Community Association. The resident-run group, which is working to improve local communal green space, also enlisted the help of six Year 8 and 9 students from Westfield Academy, otherwise known as the Green Space Invaders, who all braved the cold weather and helped dig, plant and secure the trees on the plot, just up the road from their school.

As well as having a positive impact on our own wellbeing, beautiful green spaces are essential for wildlife too, so this project is definitely one to get behind. We hope the students enjoy looking after the trees and that the local community will feel a sense of pride in their new surroundings, drawing pleasure in watching the new plants blossom, grow and change throughout the seasons.

Mike

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Gardeners’ Question Time at Poundbury Gardens

On Saturday 24 September the shop floor at Poundbury Gardens will become the stage for our very own Gardeners’ Question Time panel, in aid of Dorset and Wiltshire’s Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House. Our expert panel, which includes Lucy Simpson, manager of Poundbury Gardens, and Dr David Aplin from Kingston Maurward College, will be offering tips and advice while answering any gardening queries put to them. There will also be a charity raffle table throughout, with tickets available to purchase from 10am – 4pm.

Mike

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We enjoy nothing more than supporting young growers, especially when they come up with innovative and eco-friendly ideas for planting seeds. Poundbury Gardens is very excited to announce that that it will be selling Garden Grenades, which have been developed by pupils at Damers First School in the Eco Force Club and Entrepreneur Club.

After researching what people enjoy growing, the Garden Grenade pioneers set about designing their own eco-friendly packaging to put the wildflower seed bombs in, using the school’s recycled paper. They even came up with their own fantastic slogan, ‘Just plant and watch them bloom’.

The Garden Grenades are £2 per packet and all the money made will be going back into buying solar power iPad chargers for the classroom, as well as items for the school garden. You will also find the children running a stall at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on Saturday 6 August.

To top it all off, the Eco Force Club at Damers First School has been announced as the Best Group in the National Virgin Fiver Competition, coming out on top among 736 other Primary Schools.

Mike

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