Gardens and Gardening

Crondall Open Gardens Supports Phyllis Tuckwell

Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful, relaxing and interesting local gardens at this year’s Crondall Open Gardens. This popular outdoor event will take place from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 27th June, and will raise funds for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Share the enthusiasm of Crondall’s wonderful …

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Feed the bees this summer – 5 flowers to plant for a bee-friendly garden

Honeybees are wonders of nature. You may see them buzzing happily from flower to flower at this time of year — but that’s just one pollination pitstop, as honeybees can cover an impressive three miles in one trip foraging for sticky nectar! Their hard work doesn’t stop there; a strong …

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Nearly 1 in 10 UK butterflies extinct: How the public can support pollinators at home, during No Mow May

Five species of butterfly have become extinct in the last 150 years. And a 2021 report from Butterfly Conservation Europe found that, in the United Kingdom, nearly one in ten (8%) of resident species have become extinct, and since 1976, overall numbers declined by around 50%. UK butterfly numbers are …

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Encouraging wildlife in the garden

If you are looking for a cost-effective and low maintenance option to support and encourage all types of wildlife such as frogs, newts, dragonflies and bathing garden birds, it is possible to create a pond using a buried bucket or trough, with stone steps or a wooden ramp for in …

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Sun Blind Installations

SBI Ltd is a well-established company that was founded in 1998. We cover all aspects of Awning Veranda Carport Shutter Garage Door, supplies, installation servicing, and repair work. We are a family-run business and have teams of professional advisors and installers all over the country. The company supply and install a …

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Our Love Affair for Lawns

We’ve always had a love affair for lawns, in fact some would say that the British are obsessed with their lawn. Large or small, neat or natural, most people want some green space in their back garden. But how best to use your lawn? And how can you keep it …

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Grow your own from seed

The popularity of ‘Grow Your Own’ continues to rise, with 38% of British adults saying that they use their garden or outdoor space such as a balcony or window box to grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables (according to a YouGov survey for the HTA in 2020). Growing your …

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Top Ten Gardening Trends for 2021

Squire’s Garden Centres expect ‘grow your own’ to increase in popularity in 2021 The popularity of gardening continues to rise, with research by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) showing that lockdown in 2020 created another 3 million more gardeners. With people spending more time at home again in 2021 it …

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Turn Stones into Seeds at Squire’s!

We may not be able to turn water into wine, but children can turn stones into seeds this October and November at Squire’s Garden Centres! The garden centre is asking children under 16 to paint a pebble or stone to look like a vegetable. They can pick up a free …

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Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden- a day out for all the family

“Every adventure requires a first step” The Cheshire cat, Alice in Wonderland. Every time I have the pleasure of visiting the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden I feel as if I have fallen onto the set of Alice in Wonderland. This magnificent garden is filled, not only with exquisite sculptures, but …

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Dobbies digs National Allotments Week – 10th-16th August

National Allotments Week returns this August to put the spotlight back on the benefits of growing your own. With a rising interest in becoming more self-sufficient, many Brits have made the most of extra time at home by taking up gardening as a newfound hobby. The National Allotment Society, who …

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Creating a Garden for Retirement by Beth Otway

In the garden I am always thinking ahead, whether I’m ordering seed for future sowings, designing a new feature, planning a long-term trial or just thinking about which new plants to grow next year. It is always wise to plan for the future so that you can fulfil all your …

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Help support our nurses with the National Garden Scheme

In a new campaign led by Britain’s most famous gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, the National Garden Scheme is reaching out to people to help support the nursing and health charities for which it has raised money since its foundation. With all gardens closed and so no income coming in, the National …

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