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Please post any comments or news about Chelsea Flower Show 2020 (sadly not happening in person this year). If you are missing anything, have any memories to share or if you are doing something special this year, please tell us about it!

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Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Comment from Nicola

Please post any comments or news about Chelsea Flower Show 2020 (sadly not happening in person this year). If you are missing anything, have any memories to share or if you are doing something special this year, please tell us about it!

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  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2020 14:47
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Plant and Garden Product Sale, Test Valley, Hampshire, 2&3 June 2018

General post from Robert Lawrence

Plant Sale (herbaceous perennial and unusual edible squash plants) set in the gardens of two beautiful flint and brick cottages in one of Hampshire’s prettiest villages.

There will be a large selection of plants, as well as products made on-site to customer specification from recycled timber (e.g. obelisk, planters, nesting boxes, swing chairs, etc) . Afternoon teas can be enjoyed on the terraces of these beautiful gardens which have been moulded into the hillside. The gardens have enchanting borders with scent and colour, blending herbaceous perennials and elegant grasses for harmony in a gentle breeze.

All proceeds go to the care of turtles who have been caught up in ghost nets in our oceans, please see www.oliveridleyproject.org

Location: 30 & 31 High Street, Wherwell, Hampshire SP11 7JG.
2nd & 3rd June 2018, 1-5pm each day.

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  • Posted: Thu. 17th May 2018 15:48

New Social Media Easter competition for Shoot

Comment from Nicola

During the run up to Easter this year, we will be offering the chance for one lucky winner to win a 5 year subscription to Shoot worth £119. The competition will close on Easter Monday, so get your entry in quick if you want to be in with the chance of winning!

Shoot is an award-winning website which allows you to choose the right plants, but them in the right place and get detailed care reminders for each of the plants in your garden direct to your email inbox. Also use our garden planner to design or re-create your garden. Our planner was awarded a Which Best Buy in 2009! So who better to help you plan your garden as you get ready this Spring?

To enter:

You can enter via Shoot’s social media pages on Facebook or Twitter. Only one entry necessary.

Facebook: Like ShootGardening and comment on our competition post

Twitter: Follow @shootgardening and retweet the competition post

The competition closes on Sunday, 2nd April 2018. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions
The competition will run from 08:30 on Sunday, 18th March 2018 to 23.59 on Sunday, 2nd April 2018. The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 excluding employees and affiliates of Shoot Limited. One winner will win a 5-year home (hobby) Shoot subscription worth £119. A winner will be chosen at random after the closing date and contacted either with a private message on Facebook or a Direct Message on Twitter by Shoot Limited by 23.59 on Friday 6th April 2018. A new winner will be selected at random if the original winner does not confirm their acceptance of the prize within two weeks of being notified. The prize is non-transferable and has no cash alternative. Only one entry is permitted per person. The name of the winner and runners up may be shared on Shoot’s social media pages. Shoot Ltd reserves the right to withdraw the competition at any time and for any reason. This competition is not endorsed or administered by Facebook or Twitter. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

The promoter is Shoot Limited, 14 Weller Street, London, SE1 1QU

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  • Posted: Sun. 18th March 2018 08:15

Hampton court 2017

General post from jane

Anyone out there volunteering for Hampton court this year?

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  • Posted: Wed. 12th April 2017 18:33
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NGS Hammersmith designer garden 13 June 2017

General post from Emma Plunket

Visit celebrated London walled garden opening for The Yellow Book. Share the plant list and get tips from professional designer Emma Plunket over a class of wine.

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  • Posted: Fri. 20th January 2017 10:26

NGS Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire May 22nd

General post from iGrowHort

A 6-acre garden set in mature landscape around Elizabethan Manor House (not open). 1-acre walled garden incl glasshouses, fruit and vegetables, double herbaceous borders, rose and herb beds. Herbaceous perennial island beds, topiary specimens. Parterre and temple pond garden surround the house. Gates and water features by Arc Angel. Garden designed by Julie Toll.
Home-made cakes and tea/coffee.

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  • Posted: Wed. 4th May 2016 03:13

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Comment from Nicola

We have started our coverage of upcoming Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Watch for updates, photos and full plant lists for each garden featured.

Are you attending the show this year? Let us know what you are looking forward to most. Cheers Nicola

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  • Posted: Sat. 16th January 2016 09:07

The Plant Finders Fair to launch at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - April 24-26, 2015

General post from Jane Southcott

The acclaimed Plant Finders Fair that enjoyed five highly successful years at Cottesbrooke has been invited to relocate to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Kew’s internationally recognised landscape offers the most prestigious backdrop for this Fair and will take place from 24-26 April 2015.
The event has become a must-see pilgrimage for passionate gardeners seeking outstanding plants and products that will become garden heirlooms.
Once again, this beautiful Fair will feature hand-picked, knowledgeable hero growers together with outstanding makers of garden paraphernalia from across the UK and beyond.

Founded in 1840, Kew is the world’s largest collection of living plants. It is also the guardian of over seven million plant specimens and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It attracts over one million visitors annually and has 80,000 members.

Visitor entry to the Kew Plant Finders Fair will also include entry to the Gardens.

Jonathan Marks, Commercial Director of Kew, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Plant Finders Fair to Kew, and we hope it will become an annual fixture on our events calendar. It is recognised as an outstanding event of this genre and matches our values and standards of excellence.”

Ticket price:
In advance: Adult £15 Children under 16: Free
At the gate: Adult £17 Children under 16: Free
RBG Kew Members: £7.50

Fair Opening Times:
Fri Late night opening:10.00 – 8.00pm
Sat: 10.00 – 7.30pm
Sun: 10.00 – 5.30pm
Ticket entry includes entry to the Gardens.

Visitor Information Hotline: 0208 332 5655

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  • Posted: Wed. 17th December 2014 12:28

Yorks/north yorks modern garden?

Question from Dockyrph

Looking for a contemporary garden to visit north yorks. On the list already are Parcevall Hall and York Place, Scampston and harlow carr, newby hall and then some of the big historic gardens ... any recommendations please for modern or at least 20th century gardens ideally north of harrogate and york? NGS website gives location and descriotion but not enough images to give feel of quality for gardens. Any inspiration? Design over plantsman type preferred ,,, I know it's quite a big ask - it's for a tour of italian garden enthusiasts ....., any recommendations much appreciated ...

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  • Posted: Mon. 29th September 2014 22:48
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Ellicar Gardens opens for NGS on 21 September

General post from Jane Southcott

Ellicar Gardens, near Doncaster, famous for its award winning natural swimming pool and recently voted 2nd place in the English Garden Magazine’s ‘Gardener’s Garden’ award, opens its gates to the public on Sunday 21 September, from 1-5pm to raise money for the National Garden Scheme’s caring charities.

Owner’s Will (horticulturalist) and Sarah Murch (garden designer) both say this 5 acre, naturalistic garden is looking at its best this time of year- its sweeping borders overflowing with beautiful grasses and vibrant late perennials.

New this year is a perennial flower meadow, weaving a tapestry of new perennials and grasses around the natural swimming pool- creating a lovely new place to sit and relax by the water.

A recently sown late season wildflower meadow is flowering for the first time and the gravel garden is awash with self-sown verbena bonariensis attracting butterflies. Ellicar Gardens supports a wealth of wildlife- with bumblebees feasting on the late flowers and iridescent dragonflies still skimming the natural pool surface - there is plenty for wildlife enthusiasts to explore here.

Children will enjoy discovering the vibrant school garden and willow maze and the chance to meet an array of friendly rare breed pets including golden Guernsey goats and kids, dewlap geese, a kune kune pig and ponies.

Those seeking refreshments can sit and relax in the gardens enjoying delicious teas and home baked cakes.

Plant Sales include unusual grasses and perennials.
A great day out for families, garden and wildlife lovers.

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  • Posted: Tue. 9th September 2014 16:11