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Great offers on North American strawberry plants, Margaret Chrysanthemums and Joe Swift's new book on his allotment
Strawberry Albion

Strawberry Albion: save £4

Strawberry Albion is a North American plant that has medium-sized fruit with an outstanding, sweet flavour. Vigourous and disease-resistant it crops from late June until October/November, dependent on first frosts.

Homes & Property readers can buy 10 bare roots for £9.99 or 20 for just £15.98 (saving £4)

How to order: send a cheque payable to TMYP Ltd, to Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES56, PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Or call 0844 573 2020 (and quote MRES56). Or visit

The plants are supplied as bare roots. Orders will be dispatched from late April 2009. Your contract for the supply of goods is with TMYP Ltd. All orders will be acknowledged with a dispatch date. Offer applies to UK mainland only and is subject to availability. Offer closes 30 April 2009.

Margaret Chrysanthemums

Margaret Chrysanthemums: buy 15 and get five free

Margaret Chrysanthemums have stunning blooms and are perfect for late summer and autumn colour. Easy to grow, they can reach 4ft (1.2m), with a flower size of 3in (8cm), ensuring an impressive display in your garden.

Homes & Property readers can buy five plants (one of each - see below) cost just £8.95 including p&p, or buy 15 plants for £17.90 and get five more plants free, worth £8.95

This collection comprises: one each of the Bronze Margaret, Red Margaret, Pink Margaret, White Margaret and Purple Margaret.

How to order: call the credit card hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19851WE , or send a cheque payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, to The Standard Chrysanthemum Collection Offer (R19851WE), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Offer closes 30 April 2009.

Joe's Allotment

Book offer: Joe's Allotment

BBC Gardener’s World presenter Joe Swift says he wants to bring fun back to gardening. Swift will be broadcasting from his Enfield allotment on the BBC2 gardening show.

“But having an allotment is just another form of gardening. I’ll be growing edibles for the rest of my life but I don’t think we are all going to become urban farmers and produce our own food."

Special offer: Swift’s new book, 'Joe’s Allotment', is out now. Homes & Property readers can buy the book for the special price of £14.99 (saving £3), including UK p&p.

To order please call 01206 255 800 and quote the reference: ‘Evening Standard’.


10-13 April 2009
The Hidden History of Trees, at the Royal Landscape’s Savill Garden within Windsor Great Park

Visitors can enjoy a horticultural trail called The Hidden History of Trees at Windsor Great Park.
There is also a free prize draw for those participating in the trail to win lunch for two with the head of The Savill Garden, Harvey Stephens. It will be an ideal opportunity to pick up some top gardening tips and gain expert advice. Visit
Admission: adults, £7.50; seniors, £7; family, £18.60; children under 6, free; children 6 to 16, £3.50; groups, £6 per person.

26 April 2009 from 12pm-4pm
Myddleton House gardens, Enfield

Visit Myddleton House gardens in Enfield, North London to raise money for the National Gardens Scheme. See plant collector EA Bowles’ national collection of bearded irises. Visit for more details.
Admission: Adults, £3; children free.

What to do in your garden this week

Feed borders: now spring is here, plants will be putting on plenty of new growth and will benefit from extra feeding. Use a general all purpose fertiliser, and don’t apply more than is recommended on the instructions, as you could burn the delicate new shoots.

Sow tender vegetables: it’s warm enough to sow many types outside, but some are too tender and best sown indoors. These include tomatoes, aubergines and peppers.

Prune spring-flowering shrubs: wait until their display begins to fade and then get them in shape to encourage an even better display next year.

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