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Great offers on Begonia 'Apricot Shades' and Geranium Apple blossom plants, plus don't miss Diarmuid Gavin at the Grand Gardens Hall at Grand Designs Live
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Begonia Apricot Shades
Begonia Apricot Shades

Half price offer: Begonia 'Apricot Shades'

Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ perform in any weather, blooming through wet or dry summers and well into the autumn. Fill hanging baskets and patio pots with their sunny shades.

Homes & Property readers can buy five plants for £9.99 (order number 1237), 10 plants for £13.99 (saving £5.99; order number 1238), or 20 plants for the special price of £19.45 (normal price is £39.96 – less than half price; order number 1239).

How to order:
send a cheque payable to TMYP Ltd, to Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES57, PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Or call 0844 573 2020 (and quote MRES56). Or visit

The plants are supplied as 3cm plug plants. 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 5 May 2009.

Geranium Apple blossom
Geranium Apple blossom

Geranium Apple blossom: save £7

First introduced in 1870, Geranium Apple blossom was reported to be a favourite of Queen Victoria. It produces masses of florets that look like miniature roses, flowering in delicate shades of white, green and pink.

As these sun-loving plants have drought-tolerant qualities they are ideal for a sun-soaked patio where they will suit containers, or can be planted together in a sunny border.

Homes & Property readers can buy five plants for just £8.95 including UK p&p, buy 10 for £14.90, or buy 20 plants for £22.80 (saving £7).

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. Delivery from April 2009, offer closes 5 May 2009.


Grand Designs Live
Diarmuid Gavin will be at the Grand Gardens Hall from 25 April until 5 May
25 April-4 May 2009: Grand Designs Live - Grand Gardens Hall
Garden designer Diarmuid Gavin will relocate his Portobello Road design studio this month, complete with his garden designers and landscape architects, to London’s Excel Centre.

The studio will be open to the public for 10 days in Grand Designs Live’s Grand Gardens Hall. The team will offer one-on-one consultations to help visitors with garden designs.

More about Grand Designs Live; plus ticket offer

Grand Designs Live, London Excel Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock E16 1XL. For more information, visit

22 April 2009: Homes & Property spring shopping evening at The Chelsea Gardener
The specialist garden and lifestyle store will showcase the new 2009 collections of garden essentials, outdoor containers, gifts, decorations and a fine selection of garden furniture by Dedon, Gloster and EMU.

There will be a demonstration on how to grow your own vegetables and herbs, with useful tips and advice from our experts, plus a demonstration by florist Amanda Austin. Fair trade expert Sheenagh Day from Maison Bengal will answer questions on the importance of fairtrade products for the garden.

Spring refreshments will be served, and guests will receive an exclusive 20 per cent discount on selected items and services.

The Chelsea Gardener, 125 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NR. For more information, call 020 7352 5656 or visit

Garden Museum
Garden Museum's Seasonal Auricula Theatre
26 April 2009: Festival of Small Nurseries
The opening event of this festival at the Garden Museum is the annual Spring plants and gardens fair (10.30am to 5pm). The museum will be filled with nurseries selling a wide range of unusual and specialist plants, including clematis, dianthus, tender perennials, grasses and herbs.

The museum gardens and shop will also be open and there will be opportunity to talk to the nurserymen. Light lunches and refreshments will be available in the garden café.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB. Call 020 7404 8865 or visit

23 April 2009: an illustrated evening talk, "Growing Remembrance", by David Childs
Enjoy this illustrated evening talk (7pm-8.30 pm)in the beautiful setting of Hinton Ampner; the country house and gardens near Alresford, Hampshire, now owned by the National Trust.

The speaker, David Childs, is the founder of The National Memorial Arboretum, Millennium Chapel and Armed Forces Memorial near Lichfield, Staffordshire, which was opened by the Queen in October 2007.

Hinton Ampner House and Gardens will be open for a glass of wine before the talk from 6pm. Tickets are £15 each (please donate more if you would like). Proceeds from “Growing Remembrance” and the raffle will go towards the essential maintenance of the ancient parish church of All Saints, Hinton Ampner.

Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, Hampshire. For more information and tickets contact David Templeman by phoning 01962 793009 or email

What to do this week

* April is great for gardeners; the soil is warming up – but watch out for frosts. Use horticultural fleece on tender plants. Keep hoeing to see off weed seedlings.

* Plant potatoes and Jerusalemand globe artichokes.

* Sow broad beans, peas and dwarf runner beans in pots indoors.

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