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Endless get-togethers can really put the heat on your wallet, especially if you take on the role of the host with the most. Like many Brits, if you’ll be using your outdoor space as an entertainment hub this summer, there are so many ways you can update it without the mayhem or expense of a complete redesign. To help you save both time and money, here is a handy guide to extending the life of your garden furniture with minimal cost and maximum impact:   

1.         The Big Clean

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Gardening Hacks from WD-40 - garden gate

WD-40 reveals the top hacks on the internet to give your garden a quick, easy and low-budget revamp this spring

As spring is fast approaching, and the Great British weather begins to improve (slightly), many of us are beginning to take to our gardens to attempt to ready them for the coming months. But, with gas prices rising and other bills constantly increasing, the budget for garden maintenance has most likely decreased for most households.

So, if you are attempting to achieve your dream garden on a budget this Spring, iconic household brand, Full story

Children Gardening

Spring is approaching, so it’s a perfect time to make use of the outdoors in the warmer weather. Especially for your children, it can seem difficult to find anything that distracts them from their devices. But once you discover something different yet entertaining to do outdoors, it’s no doubt that they will no longer be glued to their screens. But how can you persuade them to step outside and embrace nature?

Here, we explore several ways to get your kids into gardening with tips and activities.

Get your hands dirty

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Outdoor bar

The past couple of years have taught us how to be resourceful in our own homes due to COVID restrictions, which led to Brits splashing out to build their own bars. Having a bar in such close proximity to you is of course very practical, so the demand for a garden bar isn’t stopping anytime soon. 

Although the process of building your bar might seem difficult, it’s crucial that you remember the must-have items. Here, we discuss… Full story

Garden Party

As we start expecting warmer weather, we can finally start making social plans to catch up with friends and family. Over winter, your focus was probably on the kitchen and couch rather than your garden, so you may have some work to do before you feel like you’re ready to invite people over for an al fresco gathering. Here are some top tips on how you can refresh your outdoor space and get ready to host the perfect garden party.

1. Back to Basics

Give your garden a general declutter and tidy up by removing any fallen leaves, outdoor toys, dead branches and litter that… Full story

Children playing in garden - 5 simple steps to eliminate germs from garden toys

When the sun starts peeking through the spring clouds, it will be time to get the garden in tip-top shape. While tasks like pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and wiping down the outdoor furniture can all make the garden look visually better, parents could be putting their kids at risk by not giving their outdoor playthings a thorough spring clean after removing them from winter storage.

Research shows that the plastic toys bringing children so… Full story

Child Gardening - tips for getting your garden ready for the spring

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, people will turn to spending more time in their gardens, patios and backyards. Here are the top five tips on how to get your outdoors ready so that you can make the most of the warmer weather.

1. Prepare The Patio

The patio is an important part of the home, and acts as an extension of your living space particularly during the warmer months, so it should be given the same amount of attention as the interior. After you’ve cleared away the clutter, use a specialist outdoor cleaning product such as… Full story

Botanic Brewered Fentimans - 5 Cocktails That You Can Garnish From Your Own Home

Cocktails are always a crowd pleaser. Whether you and your friends are hitting the town or plan to create an at-home cocktail party of your own, these drinks are perfect for bringing a variety of flavours to your evening.

When you fancy a cocktail, it’s tempting to have a professional prepare it. They have all of the skills, knowledge, and, most importantly, ingredients at the ready to craft a delicious and visually stunning drink.

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Bespoke Glasshouse Canopy and Pergola Berwickshire , UK

Ideas for greenhouse gardening in March, April & May from Hartley Botanic

Spring is the time of year when the Greenhouse becomes a plant production line and shows its value for side stepping the effects of the weather – particularly in cooler areas. It is a time when you are facing erratic weather; warm sunshine with the chance of frost, so it is important to know which crops need starting early. It also provides the opportunity for a Greenhouse spring clean before the serious seed sowing begins. Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer… Full story

Simon Kershaw, Events and Community Fundraising Executive at St Michael’s Hospice and Adrian Hoare, Cash and Carry Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries

WYEVALE Nurseries in Herefordshire is helping a charity in the county with its fundraising efforts by donating trees for a planting initiative it launched last month (January 2022).

The leading commercial landscape and wholesale British plant supplier is assisting St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford with an eco-friendly, remembrance scheme.  

Adrian Hoare, Cash and Carry Sales Manager, explains: “We’re delighted to be helping the charity by donating some young, bare root trees, at around 0.8 – 1.5m in height, for this initiative. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the year in an… Full story

Garden Flowers - British TV Shows to Keep your Gardening passional alive

It’s winter. Rainstorms are a frequent feature, temperatures are glacial, and the weather – all in all – can be pretty bleak. Spending time in your backyard in current outdoor conditions is not the most appealing idea ever. Why get drenched and cold when you can stay dry and warm inside?

However, the truth is that a lot of gardeners will miss putting their green thumbs to the test. Deprived of their hobby … what’s an alternative way to cultivate their interest and passion for gardening. 

Here Flogas offer a list of brilliant, British garden shows. All you need to do is turn… Full story

Castle Gardens National Christmas Display Winner 2021 in the GC Category

BARTON GRANGE Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have recently (December 2021) been announced as the national winners of the 2021 Garden Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition.

The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January 2022.

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Wyevale Nurseries Allium Lavender Bubbles

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has put together a selection of plants for garden centres to follow the predicted trends for the retail sector next year (November 2021).

Wyevale Nurseries predict boldly coloured, British-grown and low maintenance plants that look set to be on-trend for 2022, so its plant collections for retailers include options ticking all the boxes.

Carol Dickinson, Head of Business Support at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explains: “Our 2022 promotional catalogue for garden centres showcases some of our boldest and brightest plants on… Full story

Christmas Themes from British Garden Centres - A Winters Tale

British Garden Centres has officially launched Christmas in all their centres across the UK and following their success, they are already seeing clear Christmas trends and success. This festive season has already seen a 30% increase in sales of Christmas Lights across British Garden Centres. 

People are lighting up all areas of their homes, whether it's for Christmas trees, garlands, around the fireplace or outdoors, this area of our Christmas departments is proving very popular this year. British Garden Centres are also proud sponsors of this year’s Illumination Street. For more… Full story

Halloween pumpkins trick or treat

When looking at giving your home a temporary makeover for the spooky season, it’s important to consider the effect that single-use items can have on the environment when they are thrown away and end up in landfill. For example, 19 major UK retail outlets revealed that 83% of the material offered in clothing or costumes promoted for Halloween is plastic.

My Tool Shed are here to provide you with all the tips needed to make sure your home is full of ghosts and… Full story

Oriental Poppies

KEY JOBS TO DO IN DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY  & WHAT TO GROW

One of the most wonderful benefits of owning a Glasshouse or Greenhouse is the ability to extend the growing season – even in winter. A Glasshouse also provides an invaluable tool for the propagation of seeds and cuttings and the over-wintering of tender plants. Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has… Full story