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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

Ellicar Gardens celebrates the International "Natural Pool Day and opens for National Garden Scheme on 8 June

Comment from Jane Southcott

Ellicar Gardens in Doncaster is opening its stunning gardens with its famous natural water swimming pool on Sunday 8 June 2014, in celebration of International Natural Pool Day, and to help raise funds for National Garden Scheme (NGS).
International Natural Pool Days have been celebrated throughout Europe for the last 10 years and the event is beginning to gain momentum in the UK. Ellicar’s showpiece 300 sq m BIOTOP natural, chemical free pool, is at the forefront of natural pool design and it has become a bit of a celebrity since it featured in the BBC2 TV Series “The Great British Garden Revival” last autumn, when TV gardener Charlie Dimmock took a swim in the pool’s crystal clear waters.
Although the BIOTOP natural swimming pool won’t be open to swimmers on the day due to the numbers likely to attend, the pool will be looking spectacular with its planted pool edges providing a haven for bees, butterflies and birds. Other areas of the gardens will also be in full bloom, such as the rose and perennial flower borders and the wild flower meadow, which will be bursting with moon daisies come June.
As if the gardens and pool won’t be enough for visitors to enjoy, Ellicar‘s owners Sarah and Will Murch have arranged a host of family activities to take place throughout the day, willow weaving, floristry demonstrations, specialist plant sales with gardening advice given by local expert horticulturalists and nurserymen.
There will also be lots of activities for children, including a garden treasure trail, face painting, Boggit making, a play area and school garden, and the chance to meet an array of rare breed pets including golden guernsey goats, dewlap geese, a kune kune pig, ponies and aberdeen angus cattle. Families can also learn about garden birds and how to make a bird box from the RSPB.

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  • Posted: Thu. 22nd May 2014 11:54


Comment from Nicola

Calling all allotment holders!


Silver River TV are looking for talented amateur kitchen gardeners who have the skills and dedication to compete in the BBC's THE BIG ALLOTMENT CHALLENGE

Someone who can cultivate the perfect carrot, make their green tomatoes into award winning chutney and turn their dahlias and sweet peas into floral arrangements fit for a Queen.

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  • Posted: Wed. 26th February 2014 17:01
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Plant Swap Afternoon Event?

Comment from Jo de Magneval

I would like to organise a plant swap afternoon. My husband and I opened a wine bar in Woking, Surrey, also selling teas/coffees and we want our little bar to become a place where interesting and community based events happen not necessarily based on wine!

Being keen on gardening myself I thought it would be a nice idea to create a biannual event where people could come along with some off cuts of their own garden plants (labelled with a little info if you have it) and swap them for new a different plants for your garden from others.
I am talking to a number of gardening bodies including RHS Wisley to see if they can help, maybe by someone being present to help offer advise and general garden chat.
All of this can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or glass of wine if you would like!
I wanted to post it here to see what people thought of the idea. Also what time of year would be best to do it? I had thought Spring and Autumn but would love to get some expert advice from gardeners, maybe you could suggest a month when cuttings are best?

Please do let me know your thoughts on this and any advice you can share will be greatly appreciated :-)

Our wine bar is Cellar Magneval

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  • Posted: Tue. 28th January 2014 08:57