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Fantastic offers on Raspberry Glen Ample, Clematis Cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ and the RHS Wildlife Garden book. Plus garden events and the beginners guide to grow your own
Raspberry cane

Raspberry canes: buy 10, get five extra for free


Enjoy the tangy, zingy, fresh taste of your own raspberries with this special offer. Raspberry Glen Ample is one of the bountiful mid-season varieties, producing masses of large, tasty, deep red raspberries from July to August, giving you up to 4lb of fruit per cane when truly established. The Royal Horticultural Society has even given their prestigious Award of Garden Merit to this variety. The fruit freeze well so any excess can be used later and they also make excellent jam and jellies, as well being delicious fresh fruit for desserts.

Buy five canes for just £8.95, or buy 10 canes for £17.90 and receive five canes extra for free, with free P&P.

Credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19312HP or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to The Standard Raspberry Offer (R), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Offer closes 30 April 2009.


Save £3 on Clematis

Save £3 on Clematis


Homes & Property readers can buy Clematis Cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ with beautiful, scented cream flowers in early spring, speckled inside with red ‘freckles’. This evergreen clematis is ideal for training over a sunny pergola or arch.

Buy three plants for £8.99 or save £3 when you buy six for just £14.98, plus free P&P on all orders.

Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES53 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Cheques should be made out to TMYP Ltd. Or visit www.plantoffers.com/MRES53.

Supplied as plug plants, dispatched from April 2009. Offer closes 30 April 2009.


Royal Horticultural Society’s Wildlife Garden book

Turn your garden into a haven of amazing wildlife


The Royal Horticultural Society’s Wildlife Garden book features more than 30 fun and simple step-by-step wildlife-friendly activities. Pick up gardening basics, this book is perfect for budding gardeners from how to go organic to making your own compost and how your wildlife garden changes through the seasons.

No need for a garden: there are lots of exciting projects to do using pots and window boxes. By choosing the right plants and creating a suitable habitat, you'll invite some interesting wildlife to your garden, your plot or your window box.

This book will show your child how to build a bird box for a barn owl, get digging and discover how worms are good for the soil, and welcome guests to your very own bee and ladybird hotel. See www.rhs.org.uk.

Homes & Property readers can buy the book at the special offer price of £7.99 including free p&p (RRP is £9.99).

To order, call the DK Bookshop on 08700 707 717 (quote reference: ‘RHS Wildlife Garden/HW').


Events


Orchid
The RHS London Orchid Show is on 21 and 22 March from 10am-5pm at Horticulture Halls in Westminster. The show features a wide selection of breath-taking rare and exotic orchids and a botanical art exhibition. Entry is £3 for members or £5 for non-members. Call 020 7649 1885 for details. See www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Events.


Haywards Heath Horticultural Society Spring Show is on 28 March from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Admission 50p, children free. Venue: St Wilfrid’s Centenary Hall, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 3QH. Information: 01444 416336.


London College of Garden Design has launched a new season of ‘Info Burst’ skills seminars for working garden designers and landscapers to get up-to-the-minute training and update their professional skills in design, construction and business. The seminars will be led by college director Mark Gregory. The season kicks of with Brilliant Boundaries on 7 April focusing on the design and construction of walls, followed by seminars on lighting and irrigation, paving and drainage.

Director of Garden Design Studies Andrew Wilson will host a 2009 - 2010 Diploma course open day, specially designed for people re-evaluating their career aspirations in the credit crunch, also on 7 April 2009. See www.lcgd.org.uk or call 01932 567841


Daffodils in The Valley Gardens
One of the most magnificent and largest displays of naturalised daffodils in England will reveal itself in The Valley Gardens, part of The Royal Landscape within Windsor Great Park, from late March to the end of April. For the first time,

The Royal Landscape will be holding a ‘Celebration of Spring’ throughout May to celebrate this wonderful time of year. The famous collection of Kurume Azaleas forming the Punch Bowl will be at their peak in the first two weeks of May, and the rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and Japanese cherries will speak for themselves.

There will be expert walks around the Savill and Valley Gardens; former TV presenter Gay Search will be talking about gardening in tubs; there will be horse and carriage rides from The Savill Garden to The Valley Gardens; and a Rare and Unusual Plant Fair on 9 May. Admission prices: adults £7.50; seniors £7; family £18.60; children under 6 free; children 6 to 16 are £3.50; groups £6 per person. For more information call 01784 435544 or visit www.theroyallandscape.co.uk.


Tulip Tea at The Goring Hotel
To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre will host a special Tulip Tea at The Goring Hotel, in London, from 20 to 22 March, 3pm-5pm.

Guests for the hotel’s renowned afternoon tea will be greeted with stunning displays of fresh tulips, and once they have enjoyed the home-made delicacies, they will be able to take a complimentary bunch of tulips home to enjoy all week.

Afternoon Tea starts at £25 per person. Fresh tulips are complimentary courtesy of The Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre.

Venue: The Goring, Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0JW. For reservations, please call 020 7396 9000 or see www.thegoring.com.


Grow your own: beginners guide


1. Keep it simple – try growing ‘easy vegetables’ at first such as potatoes, tomatoes, cut-and-come-again salad leaves, chillies, beetroot and radish.
2. Don’t be too ambitious – just try a few vegetables first time around.
3. Don’t be put off if you haven’t got an allotment or garden – many vegetables and fruit grow well in containers and hanging baskets. You may just want to grow some herbs on your windowsill or balcony.
4. Consider buying young vegetable plants to simplify the process initially.
5. Go along to your local garden centre to get advice and guidance from the experts.
6. Attend a ‘grow your own’ event at your local garden centre to help get you started.
7. It does not require heavy investment - make use of resources that you have – yoghurt pots and cardboard tubes make great seed pots.
8. Get the kids involved – digging for potatoes is like searching for buried treasure.
9. Have fun, get fit and enjoy the experience.
10. Revel in the satisfaction of eating home grown vegetables.
* See www.plantforlife.info for more.

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