Gardening

Café garden cultivates new friends

Try gardening to make friends and get handy hints on sowing, growing, pruning and all things horticultural. Alzheimer’s Support runs a friendly and welcoming Gardening Café for those living with dementia and their carers on the second Wednesday of each month at Heale...

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Bee Day buzzes at Mompesson House

On Saturday, June 15, annual ‘Bee Day’, the National Trust team at Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is welcoming Salisbury and District Beekeepers Association, a group of hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly. “Bee Day is a great opportunity for...

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Open garden and RSPB fundraising

Avon Cottage, Lower Woodford, Salisbury, is open on Sunday June 9, from 2pm to 5pm to raise funds for the local RSPB branch. Entry is £4 adults, children free, and assistance dogs only. Avon Cottage, partly 16th century, is in two acres of informal gardens overlooking...

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Royal patron for Horatio

Horatio’s Garden has a Royal Patron. Princess Eugenie will be supporting the charity’s vision of having thriving gardens in all of the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres. Having undergone surgery for scoliosis in 2002 at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie has had a...

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Glorious gardens attract celebrities

A spectacular day of garden tours, musical and spoken word entertainment is in Fonthill House Gardens, near Tisbury, on Sunday, June 9. Between 12noon and 5pm, visitors can enjoy artisan stalls, live entertainment, tombola, face-painting and refreshments, organised by...

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Summer season of tea parties

Join Joanna Lumley and Horatio’s Garden this summer by taking up teapots, baking favourite cakes and putting on Fabulous Summer Tea Parties.

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Join the kids garden group

A new Garden Gang Facebook page to get children outside and involved in gardening has been launched by Haskins Garden Centres. The Facebook page provides parents with regular updates suitable for children, including how to encourage wildlife into the garden, an array...

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Rare chance to visit country house

Hatch House Open Garden is on Sunday June 2, in aid of Salisbury Hospice Charity Described as idyllic, Hatch House is in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. By kind permission of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold, the annual Open Garden is a great event for all the...

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Competitive Summer in the city

The popular City Garden Competition is now open to anyone who has a garden in Salisbury city - private, pubs, community groups and schools. Gardens are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold and open to all, whether an old hand or new. Organisers Salisbury City Council said:...

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Growing to love shady gardens

By Sara Milne sara@thegardeningpr.co.uk A shady garden can be a beautiful retreat if you plan properly and give it a little bit of TLC. Shady gardens need character as well as beauty. Shade is seldom constant. It varies according to the season and time of day, so the...

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Enjoying spring gardens

Spring is here, and what a better time to visit gardens and see the beginnings of flowers bursting into life? Valley News has picked out two gardens for you to enjoy in the coming month of April. Sunday April 14 The Old Vicarage, Shaftesbury. A stunning award-winning...

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WEST STOUR VILLAGE PLANT SALE

Visit West Stour Plant Sale from 10am to noon on May 4 at Church House in the centre of the village. Usual extensive selection of bedding plants and perennials is on offer. The Village Hall is open for refreshments, cake sales, and a raffle. Parking is in a nearby...

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It’s that blooming time again

National Trust garden teams in the South West go out into the gardens on Monday, February 11, to count blooms for the annual Valentine’s Day Flower count. Spring is just around the corner and winter is on its (br)exit. But there’s some confusion in the flower world:...

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Gardening advice to achieve year-round colour

Gardeners should set up their garden by planning ahead for the changing of the seasons and choosing a combination of plants to ensure year-round interest. Alasdair Urquhart, in-house plant expert at Haskins, recommends the top five plants for year-round interest:...

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How Brits are switching energy to save costs

Innovations in both energy markets and the way consumers throughout the world engage with energy suppliers have created an environment of change. In the UK specifically, Britons are making moves to switch energy providers at a higher rate than ever before. There are...

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Snowdrops show signs of Spring

The snowdrop is the first flower of the year to show its nice white blooms. Often the snowdrop blossoming is a sign that Winter is transforming to Springtime. Therefore the snowdrop symbolizes hope, the hope that this Winter will finish too, that new warmth will enter...

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Horatio’s Garden weekend of celebration

Horatio’s Garden Annual Food and Plant Fair is on Sunday, June 17, from 11am to 3pm at Horatio's Garden Salisbury (Salisbury District Hospital). The free fun event last year attracted more than 1,400 visitors. Celebrated garden designer Cleeve West, who designed the...

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Waste not?

From April 2017 to February 2018, more than 28,000 tonnes of garden waste were collected from over 82,000 households in the Wiltshire Council area. Subscriptions generate about £3.9 million which covers the cost of the collections. Garden waste collection...

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Wild about flowers

The spectacular drifts of wild flowers at the Olympic Games site in 2012 helped make popular the idea of wild flower meadows. Paul Jupp told the November meeting of Laverstock Gardening Club that getting wild flowers to grow in gardens is not easy. He described...

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Mower went out to mow

Mower man Chris Riley is scything the western section of Shreen Meadows, Warminster, raking off cut grass to benefit wild flowers and is inviting residents to 'have a go', watch, or do a bit of raking up. "I am an experienced scythe instructor and will have equipment...

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Summer Garden Trends 2017

The UK is experiencing its hottest summer in decades. In fact, when the season officially began last month, reports from ITV specified that the peak temperature recorded was almost 34deg. C. All throughout the summer, the UK is expected to have much warmer...

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Clean sweep for city

Salisbury’s streets are in for a good dressing up after the recent assets transfer from Wiltshire Council to the city council. A new cleaning and weeding regime has begun in advance of the formal exchange and a ‘Love Salisbury’ will ‘continuously improve local...

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Town tackles balsam

Himalayan balsam is threatening the upper reaches of the River Stour – Stourhead, Silton, Milton, Peacemarsh and Gillingham. Now, the town council is working in partnership with Bourton Wildlife and Habitat Group, Dorset Wildlife Trust and landowners to help control...

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Bee a friend of the Queen Mother’s Garden

A small group of volunteers, who include the bee campaigner Brigit Strawbridge, has taken responsibility for the planting and upkeep of the Queen Mother’s Garden at Shaftesbury. Brigit, well known from the television series It's Not Easy Being Green, said: "Our aim is...

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