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Open Garden Gedling

posted 11 Jul 2017, 01:59 by Barbara Riley   [ updated 11 Jul 2017, 02:03 ]

Nottingham Group's third Open Garden of the season is at 6 Tennyson Avenue, Gedling, Nottingham NG4 3HJ.  Jed and Barbara Riley look forward to seeing you on Sunday 16th July between 2pm and 5pm.  £3 entrance (children free), proceeds to HPS and Reach UK (they run the Flowerpod project at Southwell).  Refreshments and plants for sale.  This event is part of the celebrations of 60 years of the Hardy Plant Society.

National Garden Scheme openings this weekend.

posted 6 Jul 2017, 01:22 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 01:22 ]

Four attractive gardens in Wellow village (north Nottinghamshire) will be open to visitors on Sunday, 9 July from 10 to 5 to raise money for the National Garden Scheme charities. 12 miles NW of Newark, one mile from Ollerton or, for sat nav users, NG22 0EB. Admission £5, accompanied children free. Home-made teas in the Memorial Hall.  Piecemeal Plants will be selling lots of interesting perennials, many unusual but also cottage garden favourites (with percentage of takings to the NGS). More information at www.ngs.org.uk

Barton-in-Fabis Open Gardens and Flower Festival

posted 5 Jul 2017, 00:12 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 5 Jul 2017, 00:12 ]

approx 15 gardens open Barton in Fabis, southwest of Nottingham,
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017, 11.00am to 5.00pm

Gardens open around a small country village with a Flower Festival in St George's Church. We have a good number of gardens open this year. One of our gardens was given an award in 2011 for 'Britains greenest garden' awarded by the magazine 'Brilliant Homes' in conjunction with B&Q.

In 2012/13 we entered East Midlands in Bloom and the church yard was awarded a special Judges award; the rest of the village and gardens was awarded the Silver Guilt Award on both years. The RHS put our name forward for the RHS National in Bloom for 2013 and we won Gold in the small village category so our event is well worth a visit.

Ploughman's lunches and cream teas available along with drinks in the local village hall.

Proceeds to the St George's church fund.

Plant sales: Various things for sale in people's gardens.

Cost: Adults £3.00, accompanied under 14s free.

How to get event passports: Garden programmes are bought at the church.

Number of gardens: Approximately 15 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day - please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.

Contact the organisers: Phone: 01159 830 756

Directions: 6 miles south of Nottingham on the A453

Location: County: Nottinghamshire
Postcode for Sat Nav: NG11 0AA (please verify before travelling)

Plant Sale and Family Day

posted 29 Jun 2017, 02:58 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 02:58 ]

Announcing a Plant Sale and Family Day at University of Leicester Botanic Garden this Sunday, 2 July from 11 to 4. Admission £5, children free.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Botanic Garden who support the Garden by funding developments.

You can buy plants, and you and your family can spend the day exploring a variety of stalls around the themes covered by the Botanic Garden's work: education, research, botany, horticulture, conservation, sustainability, both global and local.
Piecemeal Plants will be one of several specialist plant nurseries.  There are also arts and crafts stalls, environmental/wildlife societies, activities and entertainments.

Shires Plant Fairs 2017 West Bridgford

posted 16 Mar 2017, 05:06 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 05:06 ]

Shires Plant Fairs are held on the Croquet Lawn, Central Avenue, West Bridgford. There are usually 10 or more excellent nurseries visiting from around the East Midlands. They are always set up and ready at the crack of dawn, so make sure you arrive early!
Dates for your 2017 diaries -

18th March,
15th April,
20th May,
17th June,
15th July,
19th August,
16th September.

Plant Hunters’ Fairs spring newsletter

posted 15 Mar 2017, 01:22 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 15 Mar 2017, 01:22 ]

The Plant Hunters’ Fairs spring newsletter is out now and packed full of articles by our nurseryfolk and head gardeners. You can read, download or print the newsletter from our website at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk/newsletters
Best wishes, Martin & Janet Blow

Flower Power Fairs 2017

posted 15 Mar 2017, 01:17 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 15 Mar 2017, 01:17 ]

Dear Notts HPS Group

Welcome to Flower Power Fairs 2017.   I hope you’ve all had a good winter, perhaps taken a holiday and now are ready to get cracking in your garden.
As I write this I can see that the toads and frogs are “busy” in the pond outside my window and all the birds are beginning to get flirty with one another.  The miniature Iris, snowdrops and crocus are out and my camellia has been flowering for several weeks now.
We start the season on Sunday 26 March at Holme Pierrepont Hall just outside Nottingham and renowned for its delightful spring garden.  There will be a wonderful collection of plant specialists there including Piecemeal Plants who always has a wonderful collection of spring plants, many of them very unusual and all grown at her nursery in Leicestershire.  We shall also have two new nurseries at Holme Pierrepont so I hope you give them a warm welcome.   Dogs welcome.  Admission £3.00
Then we return to wonderful Newburgh Priory in Coxwold, North Yorkshire on Sunday 9 April.  I have to confess that this is one of my favourites.  I love the whole estate, its always teeming with wild life and its where I usually see the first swallow of the summer.  As always there is a fabulous collection of plant specialists attending offering every type of plant, shrub or spring flowering bulbs so don’t forget to come early for the best choices.  Dogs are more than welcome too.  Admission £3.00
Easter Sunday takes Flower Power Fairs up to Holker Hall in Cumbria.  So Sunday 16 April and we shall be set up in the car park not far from the café/restaurant and of course admission is free of charge.  We partner the Farmers’ Market which is held in the courtyard so why not have a trip to this delightful estate.  The gardens (usual admission) are well worth a visit and if you’re a member of the HHA, then entry is free for you.  Dogs welcome in the park.
We’ve a brand new delightful garden and park to explore on Sunday 7 May down in the Midlands.  I first visited the wonderful Chillington Hall near Brewood 3 years ago and then returned last year to view the magnificent park, lake and bridges designed by Mr Capability Brown.  The fair is a new venture for the estate and I hope you will support us there.  The woods will be awash with bluebells and although the garden is only small, it's a lovely place to wander through.  Admission £4.00 for gardens, grounds, park, lake and plant fair.

We return to Rode Hall in Cheshire but on aSATURDAY this year. Saturday 20 May.  The fair will be held in front of the Hall and I’m delighted to welcome back the Cheshire area of Plant Heritage who always bring an amazing collection of plants taken from their own gardens. Reduced admission £3.00 for gardens, grounds and fair.  No dogs in the gardens please.
The May Bank Holiday weekend offers you two wonderful places to visit – Raby Castle near Staindrop, not too far from Darlington and Durham, on B H Sunday 28 May with not only plants for sale but also quality gifts, cards, photographs and food.  Admission to the park, gardens and plant Fair £5.00. 
....and the delightful award winning gardens of Sutton Park play host to our fair on the Bank Holiday Monday 29May.  Admission to the gardens, grounds and plant fair £3.50.  Dogs welcome.
June and July delights include Sandon Hall, Staffs, Wassand Hall and Dalton Hall in East Yorkshire, the wonderful gardens of Ness Hall, North Yorkshire and the very exciting Wynyard Hall Walled Garden in Teeside, Lytham Hall, Lancs and a delightful private garden at Coverham Abbey, near Middleham, Yorkshire Dales. 
If you visit the website you will find all the dates, details and post codes to all the plant fairs, or you can download our brochure here
I’m looking forward to meeting you all again.  If there is a particular plant that you’re looking for, please do contact me and I’ll ask the experts if they grow them.
See you in March, April, May or June?
Judy Popley
Flower Power Fairs

Bromley House Library Talk - advance notice

posted 2 Feb 2017, 01:34 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 2 Feb 2017, 01:35 ]

"Historic Gardens of Nottinghamshire – Revisited" 
Philip Jones -
Saturday 2nd December 2017 10.30 am -
In this talk, local and garden historian Philip Jones will revisit some of Nottinghamshire’s historic listed gardens, including Holme Pierrepont, Flintham, Newstead Abbey, Clumber and Welbeck.
 £5 Bromley House Library members £6 Visitors. 
Booking essential

"Tiny Planet" 360° view of the Botanic Garden

posted 26 Apr 2016, 15:16 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 26 Apr 2016, 15:17 ]

An unusual view of our Garden at Wollaton Hall.

Video from Annual Lecture Day and AGM

posted 11 Apr 2015, 02:20 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 11 Apr 2015, 02:20 ]

See a 90 second video with clips from the day here

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