RETAILERS are being invited to two nurseries in Hereford this month (March, 2017) to attend their PlantFest.
Wyevale Nurseries and Allensmore Nurseries will hold the joint open day on Wednesday, March 8 from 9.30am until 5pm.
Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re holding the open day event again in collaboration with our neighbours Allensmore Nurseries and customers are encouraged to come and visit both sites in one day.
“This year we have decided to make our open day more of a plant festival and will be loading our despatch glasshouse with stunning, eye catching displays of topical spring stock for immediate order. There will also be special discounts on the day.
“As product innovation is still a top priority for us Ben Gregory, our Product Development Coordinator, will be heading up our ‘Introducing Stage’ showcasing new and exciting product in the running for future introductions.”
The PlantFest will allow attendees the opportunity to see these lines first and cast their vote on how commercially viable they think they will be. One such line is a brand new Phormium, the name of which will be revealed at a later date.
Ben explained: “It is an exciting new Phormium, which breaks the mould and will make you rethink its sterotype.”
The event is aimed at any plant retailer, both existing customers and those who may not have been supplied by either nursery.
Mark Taylor, Managing Director at Allensmore Nurseries, said: “We are delighted to be part of this joint venture as it allows us to launch our innovative new marketing approach for specimen plants, bringing together strongly branded signage with eye catching and informative labelling.
“We believe this is our strongest promotional package to date and we are confident that it will give our customers a real advantage in this competitive marketplace.”
At Wyevale Nurseries there will also be an interactive survey on current market trends and what attendees think the future of plant retailing will hold.
Adam added: “During the day a hot lunch will be served and nursery tours will also be available. The general feel of the day will reflect the relaxed festival vibe and our sales team will be on hand to offer a warm welcome and a memorable day out for all attendees.”
The PlantFest at Wyevale Nurseries and Allensmore Nurseries will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 9.30am until 5pm.
For more information or to book a space at the PlantFest, please contact the nurseries direct via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit their websites www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk or www.allensmore.co.uk.
CHILDREN from Somerset are invited to a garden centre in the county next month (March, 2017) to have a go at making their mums a special present for Mothering Sunday.
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is hosting the planting workshops for youngsters to plant up baskets of winter pansies and violas on March 24 and 25 from 9.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 4.30pm and on March 26 from 10.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 3pm.
Andrew Pitman, Store Manager at the award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, said: “It’s always nice for mums to receive a special gift from their sons or daughters on Mother’s Day so we thought we would offer children the opportunity to plant up baskets of pansies or violas for their mums.
“The workshops will take place in our seasonal plant hall and all of the materials will be provided, including an array of locally-grown pansies and violas that children can choose from.”
People are welcome to drop in to either workshop on the days, no booking is necessary. The workshops will cost £2.99 per child and all children will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Andrew added: “As well as making a lovely gift, the workshops are a great way to get children interested in gardening and learning how to plant something up.
“It looks set to be a fun day and our expert staff will be on hand to guide and help youngsters through the process.”
The planting workshops will take place in the seasonal plant hall at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 from 9.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 4.30pm and on Mothering Sunday, March 26 from 10.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 3pm.
To find out more, please visit Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, call Andrew Pitman on 01823 412381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk.
SCHOOLCHILDREN from Somerset are this month (February, 2017) being invited to design their own Christmas card and help raise funds for charity at the same time.
Youngsters aged 11-years-old and under can enter the competition devised by Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm and the winning entries will be made and sold in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville, explained: “We know how creative youngsters can be so we wanted to give them the chance to design their own Christmas card.
“We’re asking them to come up with an eye-catching festive design and incorporate everything we love about Christmas. We will then choose one winner and three runners up who will all have their cards made and sold in 2017 to raise money for CHSW. The winner will also receive one of our home-grown Christmas trees.”
Entries can be hand-drawn or computer generated and can be in colour or black and white. All we ask is that there is a festive theme.
People should send their entries to email@example.com or post them to Nick Hendy, Manager at Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, Middle Hill Farm, Langford Budville, Somerset, TA21 0RS before 5pm on Friday, June 30, 2017.
All entries must be accompanied with the child’s full name, age, school and contact details. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
CHSW is currently the only provider of specialist hospice care for children in the region. It offers much needed support for youngsters with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families at its three hospices: Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in North Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
Paula Garrett, Community Fundraiser for CHSW, said: “This is such a great idea and a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds for our three hospices. We hope lots of schoolchildren in the area take part and send in their festive designs. We can’t wait to see the greetings cards in all their glory in November.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run 40-acre farm that is located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
It is a family-run farm, owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick. The family has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476, visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.
THE JUBILEE Inn in Devon is offering dog lovers and their pet pooches a luxury place to stay from this month onwards (February, 2017).
Owners and their four-legged friends can now enjoy a holiday together whether they want to go on rousing rambles, bound around on the beach or simply do some leisurely lounging.
The luxury hotel is co-owned by Claire Sellar-Elliott and Executive Chef Sam Salway. Claire says: “This part of Devon is a wonderful location for anyone with a dog and we are super dog friendly here. There are many wonderful walks of all lengths that we can give lots of advice about and the scenery is simply stunning. We have our own dogs here too – currently a bouncy Border Collie and three Weimaraners, one of which is a gorgeous eight-week old! A senior member of staff also has their own Cruft’s Winner and offers doggy bathing and care!
“We have pet-friendly rooms and are offering people the chance to treat their dog to a relaxing mid-week break or bring them for a long weekend and enjoy lengthy walks across Exmoor, which is very close. From the start of October until the end of April, dogs are also allowed to go on to some of the sandy beaches along the north Devon coastline too.
“But if you’d prefer a more leisurely get away, and your pet isn’t able to go on long walks, then the pretty market town of Tiverton is a great alternative. And it has lots of lovely shops and tearooms too. Or there are shorter walks within the surrounding countryside.
“Then, after you’ve exhausted your best friend and are keen to re-charge you batteries, you can enjoy a three-course dinner made from regionally-sourced, seasonal ingredients in our restaurant and curl up with your pet for a quiet evening reading in the warmth of your cosy room. You could even check out the dog star by wrapping up warm and popping outside for some star gazing, as Exmoor, which is on our doorstep, has very little light pollution so is considered an internationally renowned Dark Sky Reserve – one of the first awarded in Europe. It is perfect for seeing all those major constellations.”
For those who like to take their dogs on longer walks, then the hotel is close to the South West Coast Path and the Two Moors Way from Dartmoor to Exmoor.
Claire adds: “There aren’t many hotels like ours that combine luxury accommodation and award-winning seasonal food while also wholeheartedly welcoming dogs too. We think we’re rather unusual.”
Once a holiday destination for the legendary film star Terry Thomas, whose family lived here in the 1960s and 70s, The Jubilee Inn, which was built in 1936, has recently undergone a complete renovation and extension to create a comfortable boutique-style country house hotel.
She said: “We’ve created a successful restaurant and boutique B&B with an excellent reputation for ambience, customer service and fabulous food, serving seasonal dishes with ingredients sourced from nearby.
“Sam’s decade in Michelin-star Parisian restaurants has introduced an exciting classic French twist to the menus at prices that remain excellent for the quality of the dishes served. With such a high demand for tables at peak times in the restaurants, booking is well advised to avoid disappointment.
“We also have six beautiful and individual hotel rooms that are all luxurious and inviting. We wanted to create a real home from home atmosphere, with all the little extra luxuries!”
All the bedrooms are ‘uniquely different’. They have en suite bathrooms with showers and beds with Vi-Spring mattresses and crisp linens.
Claire added: “We provide our guests with luxurious accommodation, fabulous fine dining in our restaurant or classic comfort food in our bar. All our dishes are cooked to perfection, feature local and regional seasonal produce and are accompanied by fine wines and ales.”
For further details about The Jubilee Inn, which is on B3227 at West Anstey near Tiverton, please call 01398 341401 or visit www.thejubileeinn.co.uk.