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Arundel Castle

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

dc2b8660-db6a-4863-a2cb-c50a6a05675bArundel Castle exhibition showcases history of Arundel Great Park

Arundel Castle in West Sussex has launched its 2016 exhibition showcasing the history of Arundel Great Park, marking what would be the 300th birthday of legendary gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Brown is heralded as ‘England’s greatest gardener’ who raised the art of English landscape gardening to its highest level, perfecting a form of naturalistic layout which was copied for three generations.

Arundel Park, created by the 11th Duke of Norfolk between 1789 and 1815, was inspired by Brown’s signature style. The park is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompassing 1,200 acres of open downland adjacent to Arundel Castle and part of the South Downs National Park.

The Castle’s exhibition displays documentation explaining the origins of the park and its subsequent use by royalty including Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897.

Designed by the 11th Duke himself without the aid of a professional landscapist, the park is enclosed by a high flint wall with clumps and belts of trees including Oak, Beech, Ash and Scots Pines.

Arundel Castle Archivist Dr John Martin Robinson commented: “Arundel Great Park is a stunning example of the landscape style popularised by Capability Brown and this exhibition aims to inform visitors of its long and fascinating history.” 

Arundel Castle is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays until 30 October 2016. Admission prices start at £9.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016


The lovely gardens of Langford, Oxfordshire will be open to the public on Sunday 12th June, 2pm – 6pm.

This day marks the end of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations so it is fitting that the 26 Langford gardens involved include the very restful garden created by the late Sir Hardy Amies, who for over 55 years dressed Her Majesty the Queen.

The gardens vary from classic small cottage to large formal gardens, and are open as part of the National Gardens Scheme which Langford has participated in for over 20 years.

A visit to the gardens will also offer an opportunity to visit St Matthew’s, the village’s grade 1 listed late Saxon church.  This is one of the most important churches in Oxfordshire and features Saxon carvings including the famous Langford Rood.

Delicious home-made teas will be available in two locations plus there will be a plant stall and a bumper raffle.  Entry costs just £4.50 per person and children are free.

Program about soil

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Not a gardening program as such but a fascinating look at soil.

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of Soil

For billions of years our planet was devoid of life, but something transformed it into a vibrant, living planet. That something was soil.

It’s a much-misunderstood substance, often dismissed as ‘dirt’, something to be avoided. Yet the crops we eat, the animals we rely on, the very oxygen we breathe, all depend on the existence of the plant life that bursts from the soil every year.

In this film, gardening expert Chris Beardshaw explores where soil comes from, what it’s made of and what makes it so essential to life. Using specialist microphotography, he reveals it as we’ve never seen it before – an intricate microscopic landscape, teeming with strange and wonderful life-forms.

It’s a world where the chaos of life meets the permanence of rock, the two interacting with each other to make a living system of staggering complexity that sustains all life on Earth.

Chris explores how man is challenging this most precious resource on our planet and how new science is seeking to preserve it.

Rare plant fairs

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Rare plant fairs – a whole list of dates. Monmouthshire and Oxford in June!

Yeo valley organic plant fiar

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Yeo Valley organic plant fair 5 May 2013

meet specialist growers and buy seeds and plants, like unusual perennials and herbs.
Local craftspeople will be there too, selling handmade products,

Organic Garden in all its springtime glory.
If you get peckish, the Tea Room will be open all day for coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Tatton Park Flower Show

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Tatton Park Flower Show – 25th – 28th July:

The North’s greatest garden party has lots of fresh ideas for visitors who enjoy growing their own fruit and veg. See them at the Great British Allotment area, or if ornamental plants are more your thing, head to the Floral Marquee to find a huge choice from some of the UK’s top nurseries.

so buy Royal Horticultural Society membership and tickets now.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 9th – 14th July: Royal Horticultural Society

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, we’re combining the exquisite beauty of one of Britain’s greatest flower shows with all the fun and excitement of a spectacular summer festival.

RHS Memberships give members 25% of flower show tickets – so buy Royal Horticultural Society membership and tickets now.

City Cottage – free magazine

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Read City Cottage free – it’s a free online magazine about self Sufficiency, keeping hens, bees, growing vegetables, fruit, cooking and making food. How to make bacon and sausages, how to bake bread and cheese. All these things in the city – You don’t need land to live the Good Life.

You can meet Paul at the Edible Garden show – Stoneleigh Park from March 15th-17th 2013. – Open 9:30am – 4:30pm daily.

Gardeners wanted for TV Show

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Are you the complete kitchen gardener? If so we need YOU for a brand new BBC2 gardening show. Email or call 0207 907 3433 for a chat & info

Special plants

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Derry Watkins of Special Plants has just sent out her seed list for this year, plus a list of extra days on which her garden will be open with her giving talks. She has some lovely things to grow from seed