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New plants from old

At this time of year a lot of plants are starting to go to seed, so it is a good time to go around and collect some of them so we can grow new plants for next year. Some can be sown straight away (as we are doing so in the greenhouses), others can be stored to be sown in the spring. We are also taking cuttings of some of the plants in the garden, and hopefully by next spring we will have lots of lovely plants to sell or plant back out in the garden.

We are trying seeds collected from plants including Alcea (hollyhock), Lychnis (rose campion), Lupin, Astrantia, Galega (Goat’s Rue), Poppy and Phlomis. Some, such as Lychnis, have already germinated, others we are still eagerly awaiting for signs of life! The interesting thing about seeds is the genetic variation that can occur, so often the resulting plants will show some variation from the parent, especially in the case of the hollyhocks, where the colour of the flowers on each plant will be a surprise!

Cuttings taken include Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine and Philadelphus. These are all semi-ripe cuttings taken from this year’s growth, so the base is firm but with soft growth still on the tips. They are put in pots together, and then when roots start to show at the base of the pot, they will be separated and given their own pot to grow on. Unlike seeds, cuttings create clones of the parent plant, so you know exactly what you are going to get.

We look forward to seeing how our seeds and cuttings do, and in the meantime they have a trusty guardian to keep an eye on them!

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Unplug and Play – fun all summer long

Five weeks of good value summer fun at the Gardens

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12- 3.30… it’s Unplug and Play.

25th July to 24th august

Crafts, gardening and outdoor exploration. Children and families can enjoy outdoor play and/or craft activities under gentle supervision.

The mud kitchen, maze, dipping pond and some gardening activities available for families to explore any day during summer.  Every week will have a different activity based on something in the Gardens.

Week one 25th, 26th, 27th July    Get up and do

Recycled streamers, making chatterboxes and all things on the move: waving, bending, climbing, crawling flying, rolling , fluttering , creeping.

There’s 10 acres of formal gardens, lawns, holly maze and wilder areas, so lots of places to explore, play and run around whatever is going on.

  • Café and small shop onsite. No need to book.
  • Cost: £2 per person (free for under 5s)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • £20 for a family week ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder) Pass cost £40 and will runs for 12 months.

Contact: 0121 749 4100   Email: admin@cbhgt.org.uk

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Unplug and Play – fun all summer long

Five weeks of good value summer fun at the Gardens

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12- 3.30… it’s Unplug and Play.

25th July to 24th august

Crafts, gardening and outdoor exploration. Children and families can enjoy outdoor play and/or craft activities under gentle supervision.

The mud kitchen, maze, dipping pond and some gardening activities available for families to explore any day during summer.  Every week will have a different activity based on something in the Gardens.

Week one 25th, 26th, 27th July    Get up and do

Recycled streamers, making chatterboxes and all things on the move: waving, bending, climbing, crawling flying, rolling , fluttering , creeping.

There’s 10 acres of formal gardens, lawns, holly maze and wilder areas, so lots of places to explore, play and run around whatever is going on.

  • Café and small shop onsite. No need to book.
  • Cost: £2 per person (free for under 5s)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • £20 for a family week ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder) Pass cost £40 and will runs for 12 months.

Contact: 0121 749 4100   Email: admin@cbhgt.org.uk

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Unplug and Play – fun all summer long

Five weeks of good value summer fun at the Gardens

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12- 3.30… it’s Unplug and Play.

25th July to 24th august

Crafts, gardening and outdoor exploration. Children and families can enjoy outdoor play and/or craft activities under gentle supervision.

The mud kitchen, maze, dipping pond and some gardening activities available for families to explore any day during summer.  Every week will have a different activity based on something in the Gardens.

Week one 25th, 26th, 27th July    Get up and do

Recycled streamers, making chatterboxes and all things on the move: waving, bending, climbing, crawling flying, rolling , fluttering , creeping.

There’s 10 acres of formal gardens, lawns, holly maze and wilder areas, so lots of places to explore, play and run around whatever is going on.

  • Café and small shop onsite. No need to book.
  • Cost: £2 per person (free for under 5s)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • £20 for a family week ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder) Pass cost £40 and will runs for 12 months.

Contact: 0121 749 4100   Email: admin@cbhgt.org.uk

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Bloom Collective – floristry workshop

Bloom Collective – Still life in flowers workshop

Sunday July 23rd, 1.30 -3.30pm   (sorry now fully booked)
Urban stylish florists Bloom Collective will be taking over our Orangery for a practical workshop with flowers
“Participants will be using beautiful and unusual materials to help you create your own ‘Still Life’ piece of floral design; inspired by the stunning floral artwork of Van Huysum (the National Galleries Scotland image you can find around the site as inspiration for this year).”

“This class will be all about experimenting, using gorgeous blooms and LOTS of foliage to create something wild and romantic inspired by the stunning surroundings.”
Places on the workshop are limited – please contact them directly HERE

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Invasion of the Giant Flowers … half term activities

Did you shrink or did the flowers just grow?

Wander amongst our beautiful towering plants over 4 metres tall – they’re crocheted!

This May half term join in the festival atmosphere with our Alice in Wonderland sized installation… All week from Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) through to Friday (June 2nd) we’ll also running family friendly activities around our flower theme.

  • Add a pompom flower to our woolly field and make some pom pom bees to fly amongst them.
  • Help us build giant bug hotel and learn how to make your own mini-beastie hotel at home.

    http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx
    credit: Sue Tatman & RHShome.
  • And why not construct a giant birds nest for the little ones to snuggle up in.
  • Little green fingers can also help us plant up our Jack and the Giant Beanstalk runner bean tunnel… plant now and come back to play in the tunnel over summer.

The giant flowers are here all week and weekend (Sunday to Saturday), the family activities are Monday to Friday.

Family Friendly sessions + entry to the Gardens £2 (for anyone over 5 years old)

Family Activities Annual Pass holders: FREE

NB Normal entry prices for non-family groups

 

Family Activities 12- 3pm Monday to Friday

Gardens open Saturday 27th – Sunday 4th

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Bonnet, Eggs and Circuses for Easter

Saturday April 15th: The day for our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade for all you young creative makers out there – let your imagination go! Prizes for all ages

Also this year: Egg hunts, crafts,  face painting by Rowan (Glittercreep) & circus skills for all the family with CircusMash – juggling those eggs, plate spinning and tightwire (weather dependent).

Normal entrance fees: £4.50/£ 4 (plus Gift Aid), children £1, under 5s free

Family Activities Annual Pass holders -free

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Potato Day

Plant. Grow. Eat. Paint. Create. Spend the day learning all about spuds!

Our mission is to get people growing – and tasting – their own healthy fresh spuds. Let us show you how and take home your own growing kit. And guess what, you don’t need a garden to grow your own fabulously tasty fresh potatoes.

Come along to the Gardens on Saturday 1st April for a fun and informative potato day.

  • Discover the red, white, and blue potatoes we’re planting
  • Find out how to grow potatoes in a bag on your back porch, take one away to try yourself (one free per family)
  • Grab a spade and join in our veg-patch-plant-up
  • Make a potato man
  • Have fun spud printing
  • Hear from the potato experts and more

Join for this exciting day all about creating with spuds, 12:30 – 4:30pm at the Gardens.

£4.50/£4 for adults, (plus gift aid) £1 for children, Under 5’s free

Garden Member discount available

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Daffodils for Mother’s Day – Herb Box Workshop

We always like to trumpet our lovely daffodils here at the Gardens. 

This Mother’s Day they should be at their best.

Bring Mum for a stroll in the spring sunshine, drink in the bright colours and spot our tiny new native daffodils.

Free cup of tea and piece of homemade cake for the Mom of the group.

We’ll be demonstrating how to pot-up a herb box – why not join in, have a go and take some beautiful fragrant herbs home with you. (costs extra)

We’re open Sunday 26th March 12.30 – 4.30

 

Normal winter entry price to the Gardens.

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Family Fun of February!

Looking for a enjoyable and a fun packed day out? There’s a range of simple crafts and creative activities undercover, outdoor woodland play and 10 whole acres of space. The children to run around on while you adults enjoy warm drinks and light snacks in the cafe.

Garden opens 11am – 3:30pm
Activites- 12pm-3pm

Buy tickets on the door.
£2 per person (everyone over 5 accompanied with an adult)
Normal adult entrance £4
Under 5’s are free
Family Day ticket £8 (upto 5 people, include up to 2 adults.)

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