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Welcome to Issue 288 | 31st July 2019

As many garden clubs and organisations suspend their meetings during August, now would be a good time to prepare a value-added proposal for their September meeting that they won’t have seen before.  Last week, I summarised some of the potential sources but in case you missed it, here it comes again.

Master Gardeners: members of Orchid, Rose, Herb and other specialist garden societies: Friends of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta: Landscape gardeners: TV, radio, newspaper and magazine gardening personalities: clients who are members of your local garden Club.

Between 19th-23rd May, the Chelsea Flower Show will once again showcase world-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries will once again show off cutting-edge garden designs, inspirational floral exhibits and stunning horticultural displays.  Discover award-winning gardens, rare flowers and plants, creative floral artwork and spot emerging gardening trends.  To ensure that jet lag doesn’t spoil the day, first spend 4-5 nights in the Cotswolds or in Kent and Sussex.

With many gardeners being busy in their own gardens during May, offer them some of the other alternatives listed below.


Kew Gardens Orchid Festival

Between 8th February-8th March, forget the winter blues and become immersed in a celebration of vibrant colours and magnificent plant life inside the tropical paradise of Kew Gardens’ conservatories.  To find an Orchid Society near you check out and click on Affiliated Societies. Look carefully, there may be one not far away. You may even spot the name of someone you know…
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Cornwall Gardens Tour in March

In March, Cornwall’s stately homes fling open their garden gates to reveal fantastic displays of camellias and magnolias that bloom in pastel white and pink and vibrant red, purple and yellow that herald the start of spring.  Let’s create a tour that blends a dash of Poldark and Doc Martin with the Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show (4th-5th April).  Read more


Scotland's Rhododendron Festival

The Scottish Rhododendron Festival returns again in 2020. Flowering across the country from 1st April to 31st May, it features more than 90 events displaying swathes of colour in gardens, estates and woodlands nationwide. In Argyll and Bute, there are 20 gardens dating from the 13th to the 20th century. Blur the edges of the tour with a whisky distillery or two. Read more


Tip Toe Through the Tulips

With many of your green-fingered clients busy in their own gardens in May, an imaginatively themed late April tour brings together leisurely visits to the extensive and breathtakingly beautiful tulip displays at 11th century Arundel Castle, the award-winning gardens at privately owned Pashley Manor and at Chenies Manor. Your garden loving clients won’t have been offered this tantalizing combination before. Read more


The RHS Malvern Spring Festival

If you're looking for a truly outstanding castles, stately homes and gardens tour with some great recommendations for country pub lunches, here’s my suggestion. Based in the Cotswolds, this “travel less, see more” itinerary with visits to many outstanding privately-owned gardens can be timed to coincide with the RHS Malvern Show (7th-10th May), a glorious spring extravaganza celebrating food, gardening and the countryside. Read more


Two Flower Shows and an Edible Garden

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show (26th-28th June) and Woburn Abbey Garden Show (27th-28th June) make a great combination.  Woburn Abbey is where Duchess Anna Maria, the wife of the 7th Duke popularised the English social custom of taking afternoon tea. With a cuppa and some cakes there, returning to London, add an edible flower demonstration and “hands on” session followed by a floral lunch. Read more


Paull Tickner, Custom GB
53, Holly Royde Close, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3HR
Phone: 011 44 161 434 9324

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