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2019 – Venues and Dates all sorted

Just a quick thank you to everyone who was involved with Flower Power Fairs last year.  From the wonderful plant specialists who work so hard growing amazing plants for you, to the people who create my signs, my posters, my fabulous leaflets and to the suppliers who provide the market stalls and the mobile toilets and of course, not forgetting all you loyal customers who come and see what treats we have for you. And the fairs wouldn’t be anywhere without the incredible enthusiasm and support I receive from the stately homes and private houses.  For 2019 we say goodbye to some venues and hello to some new ones. Goodbye to Worsall Hall (but hopefully back in 2020), Dalton Hall and Coverham Abbey (family commitments) and Raby Castle (a change of management) but we welcome back Constable Burton near Leyburn, Salmesbury Hall near Preston and Cedarbarn Farmshop near Pickering. We’re back at some of my favourites starting off at Holme Pierrepont Hall, and then new for 2019 we will be holding an April event at Sandon Hall, Staffordshire then on to Newburgh Priory, Holker Hall, Ness Hall Gardens, Rode Hall, Sandon Hall in June, Sion Hill Hall and Wynyard Hall Walled Garden and of course the new venues. Most of the fairs are now fully booked and I have some new exciting plant nurseries and garden accessory stands attending as well as the wonderful regulars so get the dates in your diaries now. Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham   Sunday 24 March Sandon Hall, Stafford   Sunday 7 April Newburgh Priory, Yorkshire  Sunday 14 April Holker Hall & Gardens, Cumbria   Easter Sunday 21 April. To download the 2019 leaflet click on the correct heading and there you are!   If you want to become part of the family and receive newsletters and emails, just fill in the form.  Your information IS ...

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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 ...


Back to the delightful Holme Pierrepont Hall on Sunday 24 March with the plant fair on the lawns in front of the Hall and will feature many of the best individual plant nurseries from the Midlands and the North.  Always offering you choice plants and shrubs, and of course advice on how to get the very best out of the plants you buy.  Some will be unusual, some even rare, but all have been grown by the people who sell them and offer excellent value for money, locally grown with low mileage. Amongst the plant nurseries attending are Piecemeal Plants, Ashdale Nursery, Coopers Nurseries, Linda Scott Hardy Plants, Plant Wild, Ruth Hall, Seeds To Sow, Ribblesdale Nurseries, Plantazia, Bridge Farm Plants, Helmholme Plants, The Herb Nursery, Stannard Plants, Bright & Beautiful and North Staffordshire Hostas and Shade Lovers.  We also welcome back Tambrath Welding Co with their wonderful metal arches, planters and plant supports. Holme Pierrepont has the most delightful spring garden full of snowdrops, crocus, miniature iris and unusual spring flowering shrubs and trees.  Collections of Camella and interesting topiary throughout the garden. The inner courtyard garden makes an attractive entrance into the Hall where the toilet facilities are.  Refreshments served throughout the day. Entries for the plant fair are now closed.  We are fully booked.  Thank you for your interest. 11.00am – 4.00pm Admission £4.00 includes gardens, grounds and plant fair.  Children free. Proceeds go towards the continued restoration of the gardens and woodland areas.Dogs welcome. Address is Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham NG12 2LD Beware the sleeping policemen as you approach the estate, just past Blotts.  The canopy over the road hides an extremely “vicious” bump.

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  There is a really good FB page called ALL HORTS run by three amazing people and they have recently launched a website giving us all the chance to find these amazing little gems – small, specialist plant nurseries!  The link is below so please have a look. If you know of any plant nurseries that you think might like to get involved – ITS ALL FREE – then tell them to go to this website! Many people want to support independent local nurseries but following various social media conversations and an unfortunate comment on Gardeners World, alluding to all nurseries and garden centres being shut on Easter Sunday it became obvious to 3 horticulturalists that often finding those nurseries was easier said than done. So the 3, Matthew Currie who has put the site together, Sacha Hubbard and Sara Venn began discussing a way to support the businesses and often friends whose nurseries they passionately believe in. Quickly nurserymen from across the country were getting in touch, and asking to be a part of the guide and gardeners young and old were suggesting their favourite local nurseries The guide is very much a work in progress and we hope by releasing it that more and more independent nurseries will come forward and be a part of this extraordinary project that is shining a light on our British horticultural experts and helping gardeners, both new and experienced, to access the wealth of knowledge carried in these nurseries. From Scotland to the Channel Islands there are many nurseries to chose from and so the guide offers not just your local information, but also helps arrange trips further afield. All the work has been done on the guide completely voluntarily and we hope that with this as the ethos behind the Independent Plant Nurseries Guide, that the ...

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