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Gardener’s Cuttings - Devon


Search for lost roses at Cadhay festival Leading Oxfordshire rose-grower Robert Mattock will pursue his search for lost roses at the Rose Festival and Garden Fair to be held at Cadhay near Ottery St Mary, on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May. Visitors to the show are invited to bring their own plants along for identification at the Robert Mattock Roses stand at the festival.


With a catalogue of over 800 varieties, Robert Mattock Roses is one of the leading stockists of old roses in Europe, yet many more varieties have been lost down the years and Robert will present prizes to the three that he judges to be the most interesting amongst those that are brought along.


He will also give a talk on Rose Replant Disorder and will join BBC Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Anne Swithinbank and Cadhay head gardener Dave Armstrong in an ‘Ask the Experts’ session.


The Rose Festival and Garden Fair will feature not only rose-growers but a wide variety of specialist nurserymen and plant growers together with a number of garden-related stalls and some arts and crafts. Floral art demonstrations will take place in the walled garden and hot and cold food and drinks will be available all day with the gates open from 10am until 4.30pm.


All proceeds from the event will go to Hospiscare .Full details website at www.hospiscaregardenfair.co.uk


Sundial offers fuchsias with a difference


Spring is an exciting time of year for gardeners, whether it’s the vegetable plot or the patio spilling with flowers that gets their juices going. At Sundial Garden, because they grow almost all their own plants, they are already busy in the polytunnels getting hundreds of cuttings, seedlings and plugs ready for eager customers.


“In fact, when it comes to fuchsias, numbers are in the thousands, because we propagate over 500 different varieties, from sturdy hardies through blowsy hanging basket types to exotic-looking species fuchsias from the forests of South America,” said owner Katharine Murray. “If you’re looking for something different in the fuchsia line, Sundial Garden is the place to come.”


“We don’t just grow fuchsias. We love plants and grow all sorts, edible as well as ornamental. New in this year are a good selection of apple and other fruit trees; and our range of young vegetable plants keeps growing,” she added.


Sundial Garden Ltd, Offwell, Honiton, EX14 9RR. For opening times, telephone on 01404 831549 or visit the website at www.sundialgarden.co.uk


Family Dog show for British Red Cross


Hall House at Bishops Tawton, opens its gates to its beautiful garden with spectacular displays of spring flowers and a wide terrace and lawn for a family dog show in aid of the British Red Cross. Pooches of all shapes, sizes and varieties and their owners are invited on Sunday 21st April, from 2pm – 5pm.


Entrance to the garden is via a long drive bordered by trees and spring flowers. Cream teas and doggy treats will be available for competitors and their supporters and there will be a tombola, raising funds for the vital work of the British Red Cross.


The entrance fee is £4, with accompanied children under 16 going free and it costs £1 for each class entered. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01271 1342704 or you can just turn up at the gates of Hall, Bishops Tawton Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0ES.


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Plant Heritage champions local nurseries


Next time you pick up a special offer six-pack of plants from your local DIY store, spare a thought for the small local grower and nurseryman. According to the Devon branch of the conservation charity, Plant Heritage, which organises plant fairs across the county from March to September, nurseries need your support now more than ever. It is not just the recession: local nurseries are also struggling against the tide of cheap, mass produced plants arriving from all over the world, not to mention the high cost of land and restrictive planning laws that make it difficult for new nurseries to get off the ground.


Plants are offered at a fair price too and growers are on hand and always happy to offer expert advice. Buying locally also means that you are helping to support West Country businesses that are up against the big multi -nationals.


Plant Heritage is the charity behind the National Plant Collections Scheme, preserving plants for future generations. There are more than 600 plant collections in the country, of which over 40 – from Agapanthus to Velthemia – are held in Devon. For more information visit www.plantheritagedevon.org.uk


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