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A great day at Sion Hill Hall on Sunday 16 June

Thrilled to say that we beat the weather (well almost) on Sunday 16 June.  Having had one of the wettest weeks on record for June, and with Plan B with the car parking and site of the plant fair, we welcomed lots of regulars and new visitors to the Flower Power Fair at Sion Hill Hall on Sunday 16 June. Early morning sunshine brought smiles to us all as the plant nurseries and garden accessories arrived to set up their stalls and we had some very “early birds” arriving to get the best plants! However, the rain caught us all out around midday with a heavy shower and everyone dashed for cover … and some delicious cakes in the tea room … even the peacocks hid.   But once the rain disappeared, we had a lovely warm afternoon and everyone left laden down with bio-degradable bags full of wonderful plants. A huge thank you to Michael Mallaby of Sion Hill Hall and his staff for all their hard work and of course to the wonderful plantsmen and women who make these fairs possible, and so enjoyable.  Gatekeeper Nurseries, Ribblesdale Nurseries, Garden Blooms, Plantazia, Dark Star Plants, Fayrefield Horticulture & Design, The Quiet Corner, Plantazia, Gardening with Wildlife and Alfresco. A glorious garden to wander through too and of course the peacocks were on their best behaviour, displaying for most of the day, almost to order! The next Flower Power Fair will be in Wensleydale when we visit CONSTABLE BURTON HALL on Sunday 7 July.  Admission is £5.00, children go free but please leave your canine friends at home for this event. Constable Burton Hall, Leyburn, DL8 5LJ.  We open at 11am.  

NEWBURGH PRIORY- Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019

Newburgh Priory N Yorks

  I love this place! A wonderful estate to visit at any time of the year but late summer offers you beautiful views, a peaceful lake alive with lots of wild fowl, woodland and water gardens and a short sharp hike up to the top of the hill to look back down onto the Priory and Sutton Bank beyond.  With over 40 acres of gardens and grounds to explore, you know it will be a great day out for all, including your dog. The fair takes place on the North lawns looking down to the lake and the White Horse at Kilburn beyond and is always popular with the individual plant nurseries and specialists who attend. As always there will be some of the very best specialist nurseries attending the fair including Through The Garden Gate, Ribbesdale Nurseries, Dark Star Plants, Northern Ark Nursery, The Quiet Corner, Fayrefield Horticulture & Design, Roanne Nurseries, Alchemy Plants, Gatekeeper Nursery, Garden Blooms and Plantazia.  We also welcome the wonderful Jane from Brambling House Alpines and Salvias who will also be bringing along choice spring bulbs for you too.  And we shall have garden accessories too including Gardening with Wildlife and Alfresco. We are trying so hard to stop the use of plastic and most of the nurseries now have bio-degradable bags to offer you but please bring your own bags along too – it all helps.  And although the nurseries are now embracing modern technology with card payments, not all of them do, so don’t forget to bring CASH with you to avoid disappointment.   Home made yummy cakes and lovely sandwiches and hot quiches will be on sale throughout the day in the Priory Refectory Kitchen and for those of you who haven’t visited the Priory before, may I suggest a visit to the House too. Fascinating history ...

HOLKER HALL – Bank Holiday Sunday 25 August 2019

Holker Hall

We return to Holker Hall at the end of August for the late summer plant fair. The plant fair is always held at the top of the car park beside the Café courtyard and features many of the North’s top plant growers and specialists including some from Scotland so you can be assured that your plants will definitely grow in your gardens as they are all hardy and resistant to cold weather and rain! Despite having the most wonderful summer last year, the Lake District decided that Bank Holiday Sunday 2018 would be a great day for rain and cold winds.  We froze but thank you to the hardy visitors who braved the weather and came and bought lots of quality plants at great prices.  Don’t forget these are all locally grown and grown by the experts who sell them. This was August 2018! So we are hoping for a warm summer’s day this year.  As always a fabulous collection of plant specialists will be attending including Northern Ark Nursery, Roanne Nursery, Ribblesdale Nurseries, East of Eden, D K Plants, Penmere Plants, Crafty Plants and many others (to be confirmed).  There will also be some garden accessory and gift stands too. We offer free entry to the plant fair and there is usually a produce market held within the café courtyard too.  Normal admission to the gardens and Hall apply.  Please don’t forget to BRING CASH as many of the stands do not have debit card facilities though they are slowly getting “with it”!!.  So don’t be disappointed – bring “proper” money with you!   Free admission for all.  Dogs welcome in the fair but not in the gardens. Open from 10.30am – 4pm.  Free parking. Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 7PL    

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One of my plant specialists, The Quiet Corner, sent me a disturbing article about the use of Neonics in the horticultural industry. I have never heard of the word. I imagine many of you haven’t either but I personally find it worrying that these pesticides are used on our plants on a daily basis. This article appeared in the The Organic Way in the Spring/Summer issue 2017 and was written by Judith Conroy. I quote from this article: “I am often asked, “what plants can I grow that are good for bees?” There usually follows a lovely conversation about the fascinating relationships between different insects and their favourite blooms. My questioner will often end with “great, I’ll go and find some of those down at the garden centre.” My heart sinks, as having enthused them, I have to explain why this might not be a good idea …. The fact is that many of the plants for sale in garden centres, supermarkets, farm shops and plant nurseries are treated with a whole range of different chemicals to kill insects, molluscs, fungi and weeds (basically termed pesticides) – but there is no requirement to let the unsuspecting customer know this. For those of us buying plants with bees and other pollinating insects in mind, NEONICOTINOID insecticides (commonly known as Neonics) give particular cause for concern; though their use in agriculture receives prominent media coverage, their continued use in horticulture is seldom discussed. Neonics are used as a drench, meaning that the chemical is taken up by the plant and so is present in all its tissues, including, crucially, the pollen and nectar. Neonics act as neurotoxins, killing insect pests, such as vine weevils and aphids when they eat the plant, but are also proven to be highly toxic to non-target species such as bees who visit them ...

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