• Newsletter Spring 2018

    Spring is on its way! The pot of tulips by my door reminds me every day that, despite the rain, wind, cold and lack of light, spring really is just around the corner. Sometimes it feels like an act of faith to believe that the days will get longer, warmer and lighter, but they are and we’ll soon all be back in our gardens. Hurrah!

    During the winter, whilst the nursery has been in hibernation, I’ve been busy designing gardens for public and private spaces. Soon it will be time to start planting the new gardens and visiting those we created last year, which is always a joy.

    The Nursery will re-open in March. We still grow nearly all the plants we sell, many from our own seed and cuttings. We’re proud to be peat and chemical free and are working to reduce our use of plastics. We are always looking for new plants suited to our maritime climate and are pleased to be able to showcase many new perennials, grasses and shrubs this year.

    The Coastal Gardener will be popping up in various places during 2018. Our first outing will be to Aspire in Ryde where I’ll be giving a talk and demonstration at their Seedy Sunday event on Sunday 11th February (10.30am - 4pm). Later in the year I’ll be talking to WI groups and Horticultural Societies as well as taking plants to the Rare Plant Fair at Eddington Nursery (26th & 27th May), Seaview Open Gardens (8th July) and Wolverton Garden Fair (1st & 2nd September).

    This year our free talks will be at the Nursery on the last Thursday of every month. We’ll also be running our popular Coastal Gardening Course (16th June) and hosting Artists in the Garden (15th September). You can find out more at www.thecoastalgardener.co.uk/events

    During the winter Grant & Sapphire took over the Solent View Café at Fakenham Farm. The meals, cakes and coffee are all excellent and we are delighted that our first event of the year is collaboration with them to raise funds for Dementia UK, Admiral Nurse Appeal. I’ve attached an invitation and hope you can join us for a Mama Buci Honey Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday 21st March from 7.30 am until 9.30am. If you’re able to join us please reserve your place by calling the café on 07423 695606 (the breakfast costs £10).

    Fort View Tyres has also opened at Fakenham Farm. They have a growing reputation for excellent service and reasonable prices. Two new craft workshops/studios will be occupied soon adding to our community of small businesses at the farm.

    Well, the root cuttings have been taken, the seed packets are ready and waiting and a pallet of compost is due to arrive any day. Soon I’ll be able to open the gate and welcome you again to the Coastal Gardener Nursery. We’ll be open every Thursday to Sunday from the beginning of March and I hope you’ll visit us very soon.

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The Coastal Gardener

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

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