Author: phil

Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Gardening for Wildlife plays an important role at Fieldcrest Garden. In this course Chris will talk about how we plan and plant our borders, we will look at the different areas of the garden and we will share lots of hints and tips about gardening for the birds, bees and butterflies. With the decline in natural habitat our gardens are becomingly increasingly important for wildlife. In the ten years we have been at Fieldcrest we always consider our wildlife visitors as much as we can. This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in wildlife, and particularly those who would like...

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The Instant Gardener

Please note that applications for this are now closed – we’ll let you know if we hear about another series being made. Do you fancy being on TV? The Instant Gardener are looking for contributors with a garden or outside area that is need of some TLC. The show will be on the BBC, and the production team would like to hear from potential contributors – please see the flyer,...

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Thank you!

We have had a lovely year welcoming visitors to the garden and on our courses. Along the way we have found Sue, Soo, Alison and Belinda, who now help in the garden on a Tuesday afternoon; have got quite a few Season Ticket holders; met lots of garden visitors; and worked with some very talented partners in our Garden School. So thanks to everyone who has supported Fieldcrest this year. We wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2016. Chris, Phil, Paul and...

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After having such a cold spring the roses here were very late getting going and flowering was delayed. However it has turned out to be a fabulous year for the roses, and many are still flowering. Now is the time to be ordering or planting roses. You can still buy containerised plants in the garden centres and online, or can order bare rooted plants to be delivered in the dormant months from now until about March. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with roses. I really love their flowers and scent and uses in the kitchen, but don’t like their thorns, disease...

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Lots of Bees

This seems to have been a bumper year for bees in the garden. Local photographer Les Pickstock has been here on a few days and taken some great photos of our bees. In particular we seem to have got lots of bumblebees in the garden.The existing borders plus a new nectar border is positively ‘buzzing’ with our little furry friends – and Les also found a harvest mouse! Bees visit flowers for nectar and pollen, and it seems that they are attracted to blues, mauves and purples and yellows. The most common bumblebees that you can expect to see are: Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus...

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Thursday at Fieldcrest

Garden, socialise and learn at our Thursday morning group.

2017 Courses

Our 2017 course and workshop programme has something for everyone!