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2012 RHS London Shows PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 20:29

The RHS London Flower Shows are the longest running of all the Royal Horticultural Society flower shows. Established in 1862, they were first held at the RHS garden in Kensington, but moved to the RHS Horticultural Halls when they were built in 1904 and have remained there ever since.

WWT welcomes the Festival of Gardening for Wildlife 1-31 March 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 20:11

(Goldfinch © Paul Stevens/WWT; Dragonfly ©Judi Helsby/WWT; House sparrow © James Lees/WWT; Red damselfly © Gary Darbon/WWT)

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) will be celebrating 'gardening for wildlife' throughout March by hosting a medley of green-fingered events and activities at its nine visitor centres across the UK.

Hampered by last year's cold winter garden birds such as the great tit have suffered considerably and need all the help they can get to flourish throughout the upcoming seasons. WWT's wildlife wardens across the UK are showing British gardeners how to take action and do your own bit of nature conservation without even leaving their homes.

Stewart secure exclusive deal to market Harcostar range of water butts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 December 2011 07:45

Stewart, the leading UK garden product brand, has sealed an exciting deal with Straight plc to become the exclusive UK Garden Centre distributor for Harcostar’s extensive range of water butts and accessories.

Bug Hotels Open for Business at RHS Garden Hyde Hall PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 December 2011 11:34

Bugs and beasties will be warm and cosy this winter, thanks to two new bug hotels that have opened for business at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford.

Made from old pallets and filled with lots of recycled materials from the garden such as flower pots, garden canes, twigs, straw and off-cuts of wood, the bug hotels were created and designed by garden staff and took just a couple of hours to build.

As well as providing shelter for all kinds of mini-beasts the hotels are interesting creations in their own right. Gardener, Tim Harper said: “This is definitely five star accommodation, and I’m sure guests will be checking in very soon.”

John Woods Nurseries’ top trees in support of National Tree Week PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2011 06:51

John Woods Nurseries is lending its support to National Tree Week by reminding gardeners you don’t need huge amounts of space to plant a tree.

The 37th National Tree Week gets under way from November 26th until December 4th with The Tree Council encouraging people to do their bit for both the environment and climate change by planting a tree. The theme of the campaign this year is that every tree matters.

Suffolk-based John Woods Nurseries have been long-standing supporters of the initiative. Their message is that while some gardeners might be put off planting a tree because there’s not the room, they shouldn’t.

There are a number of perfect trees which you can safely plant in your garden which don’t require acres of space, which can be easily maintained and present a perfect feature to your home.

Spring Spectacular at Hole Park Gardens in Kent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:41

It might be a little soon to be talking about this but put a date in your diary for the Spring Spectacular at Hole Park Gardens in Kent

One of the loveliest gardens in Kent, the beautifully kept Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, will be open for the 2012 season from Easter Day, 8 April 2012.

There will be special opening times for the 'Spring Spectacular' event when the gardens will be open daily between 8 April and 31 May 2012 from 11am to 6pm.

During the 'Spring Spectacular' visitors can, in season, enjoy an impressive display of daffodils, primroses and blue scillas followed by camellias, magnolia and other early flowering spring bulbs before a truly magical display of bluebells carpets the woodlands of Hole Park. The striking standard wisterias in the pretty vineyard garden and the mature rhododendrons throughout the gardens and woodland also put on a wonderful show throughout spring.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:20
Thank you for this lovely video on the Hampton Court Flower Show 2011. Suggested from Implausible Blog. With an introduction from Alan Titchmarsh the highlights include many of the featured gardens, with my two favorite segments being Lorraine Kelly – who came to support CoppaFeel, and the words of wisdom from actress Virginia McKenna. Enjoy!
Schools urged to help RHS reach gardening target PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:30
Schools across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the North East of England are being urged to sign up today to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening, supported by Waitrose, in a bid to get 4.2 million children gardening by 2012.*

Jacky Chave, Strategic Schools Manager for the RHS, explained, “Four years ago we said we wanted to get 80% of UK primary schools gardening by the end of 2012, the equivalent of 4.2 million children. Currently we have 42% of UK primary schools on board which, considering the pressures currently on schools, is a really good number. However, we are still aiming high – so today we’re calling on all primary schools not registered to the campaign to join us, and who knows, one day every child in the UK could have access to gardening in schools.
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