• Autumn Newsletter

    Oh what fun we’ve had!

    It’s been a wonderful summer. The sun has shone, temperatures have soared and our plants have loved it. We’ve been delighted to welcome so many visitors to the nursery and have been overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and kind words. The display beds have been a big hit and customers appreciate the quality of our plants and our labelling. We’ve been thrilled that so many of them appreciate the fact that we grow almost all the plants we sell from our own seed and cuttings. Propagation is our passion and we’re proud that our plants really are Isle of Wight plants.

    As well as selling plants we’ve handed out lots of free advice and welcomed gardening groups, celebrities, journalists, photographers, garden designers and Beavers (small Scouts, not the animals!) We’ve written articles, given talks and judged garden competitions.

    We’ve designed gardens for private and public clients, including a garden at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport. We’ve been delighted with the results, and most importantly, so have our clients. During the autumn we’ll be creating gardens in Bembridge and East Cowes as well as planting a dune with native coastal plants in Sandown. We’re also looking forward to working with pupils from St Helens Primary School as part of their Arts week, helping them to design their own coastal garden.

    The nursery will close at the end of October, but until then we’ll be there Thursday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Now is a great time to visit, the display beds are looking wonderful and perennials planted now, whilst the soil is still warm and temperatures mild, will establish quickly.

    If you feel a bit out of your comfort zone when it comes to gardening then perhaps you’d like to join us for our Gardening Made Easy course on Saturday 17th September? You’re bound to leave feeling more knowledgeable and more confident. In October we’re running a Paper Making course, during which participants will explore the creative potential of making their own paper. In November we’ll be running our popular Make It Christmas course. Details of all the courses can be found at www.thecoastalgardener.co.uk/events.

    As the gardening year comes to an end it’s time to reflect on what has happened this year and to plan for the next. Thanks to everyone who has helped make it such a special and successful year. Special thanks to Jenni Minns for all her help at the nursery. During the winter we’ll be improving our signage, making sculptures for the display beds, expanding the sales area, planting containers, improving the web site and devising new events and courses for next year. If you use social media please do keep in touch via Facebook (thecoastalgardeneriow) and Twitter (thecoastalgardener@GerryPrice3).

    What a year it’s been! I’m already looking forward to reopening in March 2017!

    Wishing you a mellow and fruitful autumn,


The Coastal Gardener

Free talk/demo at the nursery last Thursday of the month from 14.00 - 14.45

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