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What’s on this weekend

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Alpine Gardening Society’s big Early Spring Show in Harlow on Saturday –
excellent plant sale first in the morning (Not just alpine)

Mark Hall School, First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9LR. (M11 Jn 7,
head for Harlow; straight on for 3 miles approx; right onto B183 at
roundabout; school is immediately on right.)

Saturday, 3 March 2012 – 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm

Highgrove Garden Tours 2012 – Booking & Tour Information

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Highgrove Garden Tours 2012 – Booking & Tour Information

Tickets will be available from February 13th 2012 at 9AM.

There are two tours available – Standard or Champagne Tea Tours

The garden tour lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about 2 miles. All garden tours are led by one of His Royal Highness’s garden guides

Student gardeners showcase at Ideal home

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

John Woods Nurseries part of student showcase at the 104th Ideal Home Show – this is a fantastic competition that allows young people to experience the excitement of entering a prestigious competition!

John Woods Nurseries is playing its part harnessing some of this country’s
best young horticultural talent by becoming an integral part in the ‘Ideal
Young Gardeners of the Year 2012’ competition which is being run in Association
with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.

This prestigious competition throws together six UK colleges whose students
have been challenged with creating inspirational and sustainable show gardens
which will be exhibited in the forecourt of Earls Court during next year’s
104th Ideal Home Show, running 16th March– 1st April 2012.

The Suffolk-based company has been chosen by organisers to supply some of the
plants for the gardens, which will be judged by a panel of experts including
John Woods Nurseries’ managing director, John Lord.

The competition aims to highlight the very best examples of sustainable practice
in British garden design amongst students. Each college will be given a 5.5m
x 4m plot to plan and design a unique and sustainable garden based on the theme
of ‘landcraft techniques in an urban setting.’

MD John Lord said: “So far two colleges have visited our nursery, Writtle
College from Chelmsford near Essex, and Capel Manor College in Enfield, Middlesex,
who won the inaugural 2011 competition, and whose garden was visited at last
year’s show by HRH, the Prince of Wales.

“We are delighted to be supplying plants for the gardens, focusing on
our new introductions and signature lines.

“This is a fantastic showcase for our plants, with more than 275,000
people expected to view the students’ creations over the course of the
2012 London show. It offers the students fantastic exposure plus a solid industry
platform to build upon.”

The 2012 competition, which is staged in association with the Prince’s
Foundation for the Built Environment, was officially launched last week (November
30th) by Channel 5’s TV gardener, David Domoney, who is also on the judging

Each college will be given one week to build and plant their garden outside
Earls Court ready for the Ideal Home Show opening day on March 16th. During
this time they will be monitored and supported by Domoney in preparation for
the judging panel.

Each garden will then be judged at the show on March 16th, by the panel which
also includes award-winning garden designer Adam Hunt, who created the edible
garden at HRH the Prince of Wales’s START festival at Clarence House in
the summer 2010.

This year, the participating colleges will be awarded gold, silver or bronze
medals, with two further prestigious titles presented for ‘Best At Show’
and ‘The People’s Choice’.

Colleges competing this year are:

Askham Byran College, North Yorkshire
Bridgwater College, Somerset
Chichester College, Sussex
Capel Manor, Middlesex
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
Writtle College, Essex

The Prince’s Foundation has set clear guidelines for the competition
based on organic and sustainable principles. In addition, each garden should
inspire city dwellers, showing just what can be achieved in the most impossible
of tight urban locations.

Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation, said: “The
importance of green spaces both in urban living and sustainable lifestyle is
often overlooked and we are pleased to once again be launching this competition,
particularly ahead of the launch of our landscrafts programme later this year.

“The Prince’s Foundation considers this to be a great start to
the crafts programme – giving young people at the start of their careers
an opportunity to learn about sustainable garden design and craftsmanship.”

David Domoney, organiser of the competition added: “Last year over a
quarter of a million people at the Ideal Home Show got to appreciate the show
gardens designed by our young students. This kind of exposure, with support
from The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, can prove a great
fuel injection in those young people’s career paths and help them stand out
from the competition when they come to apply for work.”

Painshill Park free entry Wednesdays in November

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Painshill Park is a stunning 18th Century landscape garden, Serpentine Lake
with magnificent follies.

Wed 02 Nov 2011 – Wed 30 Nov 2011
Free Entry every Wednesday during November! OK it’s not at it’s best this
time of year but the bones of the park are still there.

The park is open from 10.30am until 4pm (or dusk) with last entry at 3pm.

John Woods Nurseries are Silver-Gilt Flora winners at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011

John Woods Nurseries’ wins Silver-Gilt Flora at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2011

John Woods Nurseries, the Suffolk-based supplier of plants to garden centres and retail nurseries across the UK, has won a Silver-Gilt Flora award for its Flora pro.activ Show Garden at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live. This was one of only two Silver-Gilt Flora awards presented at the event, and follows the Silver-Gilt Flora the company picked up for the Fruitful Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

The award winning garden was designed by Paul Baines MSGD, the Flora pro.activ Heart Healthy Garden is inspired by the outdoor space created by John Woods Nurseries for interior design expert and Flora pro.activ brand ambassador, Linda Barker.

Designed for an urban setting, The Flora pro.activ Heart Healthy Garden features a pleached hornbeam hedge along the third boundary and gives a feeling of privacy. Providing shade is a fabric sail that floats over the garden’s terrace. The result is an enclosure in which a sumptuous and colourful array of plants can thrive. The garden was constructed by specialist landscape firm Vandenberg-Hider.

Speaking from the event, John Lord, managing director at John Woods Nurseries, said, “We’re thrilled to have won two Silver-Gilt Flora awards in as many months. The Flora pro.activ Show Garden represents our interpretation of the considerable health benefits of gardening through a colourful variety of plants, shrubs, trees, roses, perennials, ferns, grasses, climbers and hedges. This award is for everyone at John Woods Nurseries as well as Paul Baines and the team at Vandenberg-Hider.”

The Flora pro.activ Show Garden can be found on Stand GA14 at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live, which runs until 19 June at the NEC, Birmingham. For full event details, visit

Buy tickets to the eden project online

Monday, June 6th, 2011

eden project domesIt’s a great day out!
We enjoyed it loads! The domes were amazing – and outside them were allotment gardens that made us homesick!

Adult Entrance to The Eden Project

Adult Entrance to The Eden Project £20.00
You’ll be able to explore climates from across the world with this unforgettable day out at The Eden Project. One of the UK’s most unique and breathtaking attractions, you’ll be delighted as you make your way through the park’s huge Biomes, which hold majestic forests, gorgeous gardens and a beautiful selection of plants and flowers from West Africa, South America and more! This fantastic day out is a great way to get in touch with a special side of nature without having to leave the country. Location: Cornwall (South West)

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Eden Project in Cornwall

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Eden project dome - the waterfallWell worth a visit! It’s a long walk round though so make sure you take bottles of water with you inside the domes as it gets hot!

Eden Project Tickets - Entry in 2011

Eden Project Tickets – Entry in 2011 £6.75
The Eden Project is a magnificent attraction in Cornwall, designed to promote understanding of humankind’s dependence on and connection with the natural world. Beneath the impressive architecture of its Biomes you can walk amid a beautiful selection of plants and flowers from West Africa, South America and more! This fantastic day out is a great way to see stunning fauna from exotic climes without needing to cross continents. Location: Cornwall (South West)

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Visit RHS Wisley – buy your ticket online

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

RHS Garden Wisley
GU23 6QB

Opening times
Open every day except Christmas Day.

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday & bank holidays 9am – 6pm
Last admission one hour before closing

Glasshouse: 10am – 5.15pm, last admission 15 minutes before closing.

Father’s Day Great Garden Safari – 18-19 June
Contemporary Floral Design – 20 June
Taste of Summer Weekend – 25-26 June
NAFAS trail: Nature’s sculptures – 29 June – 17 July
Bold & Beautiful Plants with James Alexander-Sinclair – 9-10 July
Clematis with Raymond Evison – 16 – 17 July
Small green roofs with Nigel Dunnett – 23 – 24 July
Members’ late night opening evenings – 7, 21 and 28 July


Entry to RHS Garden Wisley and Afternoon Tea for Two

Entry to RHS Garden Wisley and Afternoon Tea for Two £49.50
Discover a rich diversity of plants as far as the eye can see, beautiful rose gardens, inspirational fruit and veg gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse, housing over 5,000 different varieties of tropical plant. Make time for a relaxing break over a delicious afternoon tea for two in the Conservatory Dining Room, where you can enjoy finger sandwiches, daily baked scones with cream and jam and slices of mouthwatering cakes, all freshly made and finished in the bakery. Location: Woking, Surrey (South East)

Gardener’s Question Time live tour

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Gardeners’ Question Time Live Tickets – Buy Tickets for Gardeners’ Question Time Live

Get tickets for the Gardener’s Question Time live tour around the UK

Thursday 20 October 2011

Corn Exchange Kings Lynn
Norfolk United Kingdom

Friday 21 October 2011

Warwick Arts Centre (University of Warwick)
Coventry United Kingdom

Sunday 23 October 2011

Alexandra Theatre
Birmingham United Kingdom

Thursday 27 October 2011

De Montfort Hall
Leicester United Kingdom

Friday 28 October 2011

Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
Tunbridge Wells United Kingdom

Saturday 29 October 2011

Plymouth Pavilions
Plymouth United Kingdom

Sunday 30 October 2011

Southampton Guildhall
Southampton United Kingdom

Thursday 03 November 2011

Corn Exchange Cambridge
Cambridge United Kingdom

Saturday 05 November 2011

Salisbury City Hall
Salisbury United Kingdom

Sunday 06 November 2011

Richmond Theatre
London United Kingdom

Friday 11 November 2011

Grand Opera House York
York United Kingdom

Saturday 12 November 2011

Nottingham Royal Centre
Nottingham United Kingdom

Sunday 13 November 2011

Winding Wheel
Chesterfield United Kingdom

Friday 18 November 2011

Buxton Opera House
Buxton United Kingdom

Saturday 19 November 2011

Halifax Victoria Theatre
Halifax United Kingdom

Thursday 24 November 2011

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Aylesbury United Kingdom

Friday 25 November 2011

Leas Cliff Hall
Folkestone United Kingdom

Saturday 26 November 2011

Hexagon Reading
Reading United Kingdom

Sunday 27 November 2011

White Rock Theatre
Hastings United Kingdom

Thursday 01 December 2011

Wyvern Theatre
Wiltshire United Kingdom
Gardeners’ Question Time – The Live Tour

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Cerne Abbas Open Gardens

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Cerne Abbas Open Gardens
Open Gardens event in Cerne Abbas, Dorset. There will be about 25 private gardens will be open on 18th and 19th June from 2-6pm.
The fee is £5 for adults and children go free.
It’s all in aid of Weldmar HospiceCare Trust and Charles North Charity.