It's happening at Woodside

Laura our garden columnist has now taken up the post as plant advisor at Woodside Garden Centre, nr Ancrum, so why not go see her and let her advise you on which plants are best for your garden. She really knows her onions cabbages, delphiniums, anything Japonica*, you name it!


To give Laura a break we're devoting this month's gardening column to a splash from Woodside.

Greetings from Woodside Walled Garden!

We hope this finds you in good form and enjoying the fabulous spring weather in your garden. Woodside is looking particularly lovely at the moment (thanks to Susan for her massive spring clean!) with the lush new growth and the ever abundant wildlife. Annie has gone bananas on stocking up for season and we have the biggest ever range of edibles, fruit and herbs for you to try the 'grow-your-own' thing. It really is easy - even young Dan is having a go, and you can see it in action if you take a walk around the KITCHEN GARDEN. Alexis is cropping a harvest already and the resulting rhubarb and orange cake is a treat!

Anyway, hope to see you soon. Here's what happening.............

new this month

........ yet more young vegetable plants, salads, herbs and bedding, bedding, bedding (a polytunnel full). Oh, and beautiful delphiniums just through the gate!

What's on at Woodside:

An exhibition of watercolours by Linda Kinsman-Blake
25 April to 30 June

Linda not only makes the most lovely pottery at her studio in Smailholm, but also paints fabulous floral art and local landscapes in watercolour. A selection of new works is on display (and for sale) in the café until 30 June. Don't miss it!

workshop

‘Painting Flowers’ with Linda Kinsman-Blake

Thursday 21 May 10 am to 4pm

Good for beginners or anyone with an interest in painting flowers in watercolours. Linda will explain her techniques and then you can choose any spot in the garden to sit and paint! Linda will be on hand to guide. A lovely relaxing day, spent in a warm, sunny garden (hopefully!) full of birdsong. Please bring along watercolours, sketch book and a travel chair! £45 including lunch and refreshments. Please phone 01835 830 315 to book.

demonstrations

Summer baskets and containers

Visit Wodside in May and June, we will be stocking our widest range of summer bedding to date. We’ll have baskets for sale and lots on display to inspire you. We can even make your baskets up for you. During the weekend of 16/17 May we’ll be demonstrating ideas for containers good enough to eat!

‘Summer container open evening’

Thursday 14 May, 5.30pm to 7pm

Demonstrations by the plant team on growing herbs, perennials and even vegetables in pots and baskets. Plus a fabulous supper, in our cafe, and a talk by our bedding grower, Stephen Emmerson from Newton Don Nursery. Tickets £15 includes talk and supper. (£5 for demo only). BOOK NOW on 01835 830 315.

your diary...

It’s all about HERBS. June 8-14

A week dedicated to growing and using flavoursome herbs...........enjoy!

*Laura tells us that plants with a part name Japonica originally came from Japan - there is no plant called Japonica!


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