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RHS Garden Harlow Carr has enjoyed its best year ever PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:48




13 February 2012

RHS Garden Harlow Carr has enjoyed its best year ever


Pictures shows: The Main Borders at RHS Garden Harlow Carr (picture credit Lee Beel)

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, has announced results for its best year ever, having welcomed more than 290,000 visitors and members, despite the particularly tough economic climate.

RHS Gardens Gearing Up For Grow Your Own Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:21



8 February 2012

RHS Gardens Gearing Up For Grow Your Own Weekend

RHS Gardens around Britain will be sharing the best in gardening knowledge during the next Grow Your Own Weekend, 24–25 March 2012. A host of activities at the gardens will provide many opportunities for family fun and learning.

Make this the year you add tasty fruit and vegetables to plots or containers in your garden. The RHS Grow Your Own Weekend will celebrate the start of the growing year and give you all the know-how you need to get started and develop your skills.

Get help from our very own RHS gardeners, watch practical planting demonstrations and find out how to be creative with your produce at the cookery demonstrations. Throughout the day, RHS staff will be giving short practical planting demonstrations packed with useful hints and tips.

Amazing Art in the Garden this Half Term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:10



Budding Picassos are invited to get their hands dirty this half term, 11 – 19 February at RHS Garden Harlow Carr with fun for all the family whatever the weather.

Children will be encouraged to scavenge around the garden looking for natural materials to turn into a Journey Stick back in the garden workshop. A journey stick acts like a memory map providing a reminder of the things seen, felt and experienced on a journey.

Discover the Best Bluebells in Kent PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:31

Description: Annabella Bluebells Tree 2011

Go on a Bluebell Walk at

Hole Park Gardens in Kent

Late April and early May is the time of year to see beautiful carpets of bluebells in woodlands across Britain.

New this year on the Hole Park website is a webpage dedicated to informing visitors about which flowers are currently in bloom around the gardens including a special bluebell watch feature.

Visitors to Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent, will be captivated by one of the most spectacular displays of bluebells in the country, when millions of these beautiful flowers come into bloom across its gardens and woodland.  The seating on the circular bluebell walk offers visitors a quiet time to reflect and enjoy the intense carpet of blue.  The recently restored Ice House can also be discovered on the bluebell walk. 

Fruit Harvest May Be Affected PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 13:28

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is concerned that this year’s mild winter may lead to smaller fruit crops this autumn with a subsequent rise in prices.

Most hardy fruit plants need a period of chilling during winter in order to encourage flowering. Without this cold effect evidence from previous years shows that crops may be reduced. Blackcurrants, cherries and some apple cultivars have a particularly high chilling requirement.

The other potential problem is that if there is not a prolonged cold period plants will start growing earlier than normal and may flower early too. This could put them at a greater risk of damage if there is frost during April and early May. Early flowering may also mean less fruit being set as there may be fewer pollinating insects around. The current cold spell may help but RHS fruit experts suggest that a colder and longer spell of weeks would better ensure that any growth and flowering development is held back.

“We have already seen buds on the trees beginning to swell,” says Jim Arbury, RHS Fruit and Trials Specialist. “I noticed yesterday that two of our autumn-fruiting raspberries were flowering. This shouldn’t be a problem as the canes will be cut to ground level in February. More worrying is that our blackberry cultivar ‘Silvan’ is also flowering and is therefore likely to have a reduced crop.”

He went on to say, “If gardeners have only one or two fruit bushes that have started filling their buds these can be covered with some horticultural fleece or an old curtain if it looks like there is going to be frost overnight. But changing weather conditions is the challenge of gardening that gardeners have to accept. No matter how much we tend our plants and control pests and diseases we are still so dependent on the weather for abundant crops.”

Last year was ideal for fruiting crops. There were plenty of cold days over winter which helped encourage plants to set buds and then to flower profusely when it got warmer. There were also no late frosts so the buds were not damaged, and the warm summer helped fruits to develop.

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey has around 2,000 apple trees of 700 cultivars and 200 fruit bushes of about 80 cultivars of black and red currents.

Further information on growing fruit please visit www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own

Wisley Opening Times

The garden is open all year round (expect Christmas Day)

Mon-Fri from 10am – 6pm (4.30pm 30 Oct 2011 – 29 Feb 2012 and 28 Oct 2012 – 31 March 2013)

Sat-Sun & Bank Holidays from 9am – 6pm (4.30pm 30 Oct 2011 – 29 Feb 2012 and 28 Oct 2012 – 31 March 2013)

Last admission 1 hour before closing.


RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)


Adult                                        £10.50

Family                                      £27

Children 6 – 16yrs                     £4.50

Children under 6 years               Free

Groups                                     £9.50

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:30


Open Garden Squares Weekend, which is held throughout London every June. Organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust, the weekend will take place immediately after the extended Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2012. For the first time, the event willbe in association with the National Trust. Around 200 communal gardens, many that are not usually open to the public, will be taking part ranging from the historic to thetraditional through to roof gardens and allotments. Among the green spaces open especially for Open Garden Squares Weekend will be many of the much loved and popular gardens such as HMP Wormwood Scrubs; Eaton Square, Bonnington Square, Cable Street Community Gardens, The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, The Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden, The Kensington Roof Gardens, Canons Park - George V Memorial Garden – which will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary and the National Trust’s Carlyle’s House.

Among the new gardens for 2012 and highly appropriate for the Diamond Jubilee year is the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden on the Southbank, which has been designed and built in partnership with the Eden Project, Grounded EcoTherapy from Providence Row Housing Association, St Mungos and NOAH


Prune in winter for spring blooms PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:55

Pruning is an ongoing part of garden maintenance and late-winter is the key time for many shrubs and fruit trees including wisteria, pear and some roses, to achieve the best springtime blooms. Bosch Lawn and Garden’s range of cordless tools is ideal for jobs big and small. Its Ciso secateurs are the perfect powered alternative to manual pruning, with up to 500 cuts per battery charge and the Isio Cordless Shape and Edge, which is compact and lightweight (0.6kg), makes trimming and shaping quick and effortless.

Ciso Secateurs

These are not your average secateurs. Perfect for pruning thick branches that need trimming back, the cordless Ciso has an integrated lithium-ion battery and a patented ‘Power Blade’ system. Ideal for those with delicate wrists or who suffer from arthritis, gardeners can glide through branches up to 14mm thick, achieving up to 500 cuts per average pruning session from a single charge of the battery. RRP. £59.99.

Isio shears

The Isio is one of Bosch’s best sellers and comes in a beautiful embellished tin box. The range includes the Isio Cordless Shape and Edge. Where other products can stall during use, the quality blades and unique ‘Anti Blocking’ system of the Isio ensure continuous and easy use. The Isio Shape and Edge is available for £59.99 from good stockists.


To help, gardening expert Geoff Hodge has a few pointers:

  • Don’t stick rigidly to the calendar. Remember that plants don’t have a sense of time; weather, not the calendar, dictates when they flower and this will also dictate when they want to be pruned, so you must be intuitive.
  • With bush roses, there is a common misconception that you should prune back stems to three to five leaves from the flower head, but research shows that you should actually keep as many leaves on the plant as possible because they are the energy suppliers to the plant. Therefore you should just snap off the faded flower head and developing seed head (hip).
  • With most plants, be aggressive. Pruning promotes growth, so if you don’t cut back plants hard, they are likely to become top-heavy.
  • However some plants, such as rosemary, heathers, thyme, brooms and lavender won’t re-shoot from old wood. With these plants you should only trim them back by about an inch (taking the flower heads off too) annually as this will keep them bushy and flowering well and help maintain a low and tidy shape.
  • Prune to shape the plant. Cut back where you want the plant to fill out – the plant will respond by focusing more of its ‘growing energy’ in those areas and create the shape you intend.


Tree and Hedging Plant Terms PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 07:46

For the gardening novices, terms and abbreviations on hedging plants, trees and shrubs can all too often lead to confusion.

Purchasing hedging plants, trees or shrubs whether by mail order, online or at a garden nursery has to be carefully thought out as a tree or strip of hedging can be a large part of a garden’s design. Selecting the incorrect plant for the soil type or size of garden can also lead to unsatisfactory  results.

Bare Rooted Seedlings or Cuttings
Usually a one year old plant grown at a high density to produce an economically priced plant that is especially useful where large quantities are contemplated. These plants must be despatched and planted when dormant from Late October until Early April depending on weather conditions.

Bare Rooted Transplants
A plant that has been lifted from the ground and re-planted at a wider spacing during its time on the nursery to encourage a strong fibrous root system and sturdier growth. As Above these are available from Late October until Early April weather dependent.

Feathered Whip
A young bare rooted tree that has been more widely spaced than a transplant. These plants have been grown on to produce more developed side feathers (young branches) than transplants. A larger bolder plant that is perfect for a more instant effect but still small enough to establish quite quickly. As above available Late October until Early April.

Feathered Tree
Older and more developed plants than feathered whips, that have been grown with more space to give greater effect. For ornamental trees this is a maiden tree that has been grown on to produce side branches.

Maiden Trees
A young ornamental or fruit tree grafted onto a root stock and grown on for 1 year. Some species naturally produce side feathers (young branches) while others will be a single stem at this age. These plants can be from 2-6ft in height depending on the vigour of the particular variety. The most economical method of buying ornamental and fruiting trees.

A larger plant grown in the field and lifted carefully along with the soil and root system immediately around the trunk or stem. The Rootball is then carefully wrapped in Hessian to contain the soil. These are larger or bushier plants that represent very good value for money. Available from Mid-October until Mid-April.

Pot Grown
Trees, garden hedges or shrubs grown in compost in a pot that can be planted at any time of year without root disturbance.
Available all year round. http://www.hopesgrovenurseries.co.uk

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