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MacMillan Fund Raising 2020

Emm has organised a raffle of five hampers, in aid of the 2020 Macmillan Fund Raising appeal, on 17th October. Hamper 1 – Coffee Lovers Hamper 2 – Sparkling afternoon tea Hamper 3 – Clarins Pamper Kit Hamper 4 – Family Halloween Hamper 5...

2020 Programme Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to cancel the rest of the year’s planned events, which is really sad considering what a great programme of visits and speakers we had lined up for us all to enjoy.  This includes cancellation of the open Christmas...

£14m of drugs found in Dutch flower cargo

A £14 million haul of cocaine and amphetamine has been seized by Border Force officers, after it was hidden inside a lorry load of flowers. The vehicle, travelling from the Netherlands to the UK, was stopped at the Eurotunnel entrance.  Officers found containers of...

Dried Flowers

Dried flowers are increasingly popular, and here are some tips for varieties you can dry this summer. (with acknowledgement to Flowers from The Farm) Larkspur – stems must be picked when the plant is 90% in flower or before the bottom flowers start to drop....

On line garden visits

Take an online tour of Giverney, Monet’s Garden. bit.ly/monet-virtual-garden Highgrove – tour the private garden of HRH The Prince of Wales.  bit.ly/virtual-highgrove National Trust – take a digital tour....

On line skills

Learn a new skill with these online workshops and tutorials: Garden design lectures, from £25, gardenmasterclass.org Lectures from Great Dixter, seasonal planting and growing food. From £15. greatdixter.co.uk Flower Arranging, with royal florist Simon Lycett, free,...

BBC Gardeners’ World Presenters

Names of Gardeners’ World presenters     ???? Ken Burrass, 1968/9; Percy Thrower, 1969/76; Arthur Billitt, 1969/82; Peter Seabrook, 1976/79; Clay Jones, 1980/85; Geoffrey Smith, 1980/82; Geoff Hamilton, 1979/96; Alan Titchmarch, 1996/2002; Monty Don,...

Allotment Gardening

During Lockdown, demand for allotments has gone up 500%, as reported by more than 40 councils contacted by the National Allotment Society – but many applicants have had to join long waiting lists in some areas.  Britain has 1.9 million allotments.  National...

New Book

Frances Tophill, Gardeners’ World presenter, has a new book out on 20th August, priced £15 – Rewild Your Garden.