As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.
Gardensite hosted a tremendously successful Father's Day event on Sunday 19 July, and David Coton was there to participate in the fun that raised money for the Breast Cancer Now charity.
Father's Day was celebrated at a special charity event on Sunday at our garden centre, with Breast Cancer Now benefiting to the tune of £200.
The local Sutton Coldfield Breast Cancer Now 'babes' were on hand and they were particularly keen on extolling the virtues of 'Time To Live'. This is a lovely pink highly scented floribunda rose and a proportion of each sale is donated to the charity.
Eagerly anticipated, a visit by 'Animals In Hands' proved memorable for both adults and children. Although you've seen these intriguing animals on TV, this was an opportunity not to be missed to handle magnificent snakes and majestic owl.
This was an unforgettable experience and everyone also enjoyed learning about the animals and how to care for them.
With a backdrop of the garden centre packed with summer stock including newly arrived hanging baskets, our Father's Day event proved very successful and, perhaps most important, the event raised valuable funds for a great charity.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.