Over last year there have been many column inches in the newspapers and on current affairs programmes devoted to the beneficial and healing effects gardening can have on helping overcome and stimulate a better well-
So, to kick things off we are inviting local schools, LINDENGATE and our customers to get involved at our Graft & Grow Day on Saturday 2nd February in our ‘Best Dressed Potato Challenge’. You will find full details HERE.
Enjoy your late winter garden -
As a business we get approached on a regular basis for raffle donations, requests to sponsor events, plants for fetes, etc. so some years ago we decided to adopt a ‘Charity of the Year’ and put all our efforts and funds towards that one particular charity, writes Pauline Brown. As regular customers will know, in the past we have supported Thrive, Cancer UK, Medical Detection Dogs, PACE, The Puzzle Centre and last year BBONT.
As usual we asked all our staff to put forward names of charities they would like us to adopt for 2019, these being their own choice or ones they have been approached by recently. We then have to make the decision which to choose. From past experience we get the most support for ones connected with dogs (I wonder why?!), but at the moment there is a lot of concern for those suffering in any way with mental health problems in youth or any other age. If you are personally associated with a family where mental health of a member is a problem you will know the difficulties they face on sometimes a 24 hour a day basis, so when we were approached by the relatively small but local charity ‘Lindengate’ we felt this needed investigating, if nothing else to see where they got their name from!
Chris Day had already visited them last year when they came to us for some plants for a particular project, then I was contacted by one of their members whom I had known as a fundraiser when she was with Medical Detection Dogs. Knowing her enthusiasm I thought it worth a visit as they are based just this side of Wendover, then I would be able to report back to my colleagues. I visited on a sunny but cold, windy day in November and was given a long and fascinating tour by one of their founders. Those who come to Lindengate to get help are called ‘gardeners’ and I witnessed many ‘gardeners’ happily and enthusiastically working away clearing an area, also others arriving with their carers for a social get together. There was so much going on and what they have achieved on the five acre site in just five years is ‘mind-
It is a charity which definitely ticks all the boxes as far as our staff are concerned:-
Anyway, as a result of my visit to them I was able to report back and consequently ‘Lindengate’ was voted as ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2019. We are sure they will be very active in getting the chance to bring to your notice what they are doing and achieving so we all look forward to helping them during the year.
LINDENGATE MISSION STATEMENT PT1
Lindengate is a young, award winning charity, that offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Our services, known as Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), use the healing power of nature and the outdoors to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-
The charity operates from a stunning 5-
STH is increasingly recognised as a successful method to promote health and well-
1 in 4 people are known to suffer with mental ill-
And it’s not just our Gardeners that benefit from such an environment. Many of our 130+ volunteers also experience a positive impact on their wellbeing as part of the Lindengate community. It also gives them a chance to learn new skills and pass on their expertise to others.
We are also delighted and very encouraged that evidence of our impact and the quality of our work has been recognised through a number of awards in the past few years.
Lindengate has at its heart an ethos that embraces nature. This flows through all our activities with recycling at every opportunity and construction, art and craft and cooking activities alongside all the horticulture enabling the gardens to provide the many accessible and varied numbers of activities needed for all our Gardeners.
LINDENGATE MISSION STATEMENT PT2
Conservation from which our Gardeners benefit hugely has become an equally important activity and it’s very clear that nature has given us a seal of approval in what we are doing with the site. We have a growing number of wild flowers, nesting birds, butterflies, bees, small mammals and with the addition of our ponds, amphibians. Since opening, our volunteers and Gardeners have worked together to create and maintain many different habitats to encourage and support the wildlife around the site and it has made a massive difference to everyone’s enjoyment of the gardens. Of equal importance are the many and varied activities and the additional learning opportunities that our conservation policy brings to our Gardeners. For everyone involved, the principle of nurturing nature and taking a part in creating something really very special, however small that part might be, is good for the soul.
A natural extension to the nurturing that we do on the Lindengate site was to offer support to other conservation projects within our local community. Our need for a broad spectrum of activities all year round for our Gardeners caused us to venture into a number of initiatives which in the past 3 years have developed into some very successful and mutually beneficial partnerships. They have the double benefit of offering our volunteers a chance to get involved in the bigger picture as well as learning and using specialist skills that can then be passed on to our Gardeners.
To find out more about Lindengate please visit
The Old Allotment Site (next to Wyevale Garden Centre)
Aylesbury Road, Wendover,
Buckinghamshire HP22 6BD.
Tel: 01296 622443
Anytime between 10am and 12noon.
Free Entry. refreshments available
Saturday 9th February
Saturday 16th March
Saturday 13th April
• Explore Lindengate’s stunning 5-
• Find out how Lindengate helps people with mental health.
• Explore our exciting volunteer opportunities.
• Learn about our conservation projects.
RETURN OF THE TERRARIUM
Over the past couple of years there has been a massive upsurge in the popularity of foliage and flowering houseplants, including the use of bottle gardens and terrariums for displaying them, writes Chris Day. Back in the 1970's and 1980’s large green bottle gardens were incredibly popular and everyone sold them, so the major revival of the popularity of glass terrariums is great news, albeit nowadays, clear glass is more practical and popular. Wardian cases, as terrariums were originally known, were named after their inventor, Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, an unsuccessful gardener in London’s East End in the late 1820’s. Ward was a doctor with a practice in London, which he described as “surrounded by, and enveloped in, the smoke of numerous manufactures.” Coal smoke, ash, and other toxic byproducts of local industries befouled the air so much that Ward’s attempts to grow ferns came to nothing. But one day in 1829, ‘a small fern spore sprouted inside a bottle he was using to hatch an insect chrysalis’. It was Ward’s eureka moment. Tightly-
In our modern homes, where dry atmospheres can be a problem, terrariums provide the perfect safe haven for growing a wide and exotic range of indoor plants. The use of low running cost LED lighting also makes the proposition of growing indoors plants in shadier areas of the house more practical. Garden writer and broadcaster James Wong (pictured left -
We have a range of terrariums available in the shop together with suitable small foliage plants including Pilea, Fittonia, Maranta, Helxine (mind your own business plant), Palms and Ferns. Select plants with different leaf shapes and textures for best effect. It is advisable to put some small pebbles or gravel in the base, perhaps to a depth of 5cm or so and then add some multi-
PUZZLE CORNER -
Would you like to win a £25 Buckingham Garden Centre Gift Voucher? Enter our crossword competition below. Use the clues to fill in the answers. Take the letters from the shaded boxes which form an anagram of a popular rose variety (9).
6. Skill used to control plants? (5)
8. What flower could be said to have a good memory? (6,2,3)
10. Our chosen charity of 2019 (10)
12. Siliceous sandstone (4)
13. King Louis XIV is famous for building which famous French gardens? (10)
15. Magnesium sulphate (5)
16. Hardy's evergreen partner? (6)
18. Common name of Ilex aquifolium (5)
19. Blue shade (3)
20. Soil type (4)
21. Variety of lettuce (3)
22. Garden of Europe famous for its display of spring-
1. Galanthus nivalis (8)
2. Perfect tool for weed control in the border (3)
3. Tuberous root vegetable (3)
4. Herb in the celery family (4)
5. Of which fragrant plant is woodbine a variety? (11)
7. Lawn, garden or leaf ____? (4)
9. Slugs and snails are _______ (10)
11. Curly, broad-
13. Abound in grapes (4)
14. Bowl, Trumpet and Turk's cap are all forms of which type of flower grown from bulbs? (4)
17. A small stream (4)
Once you have solved the anagram, send the plant name you have discovered by e-
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER CROSSWORD ANSWERS
Did you try our crossword in the last newsletter? See if you were correct, the answers are below:
3. A growing glass structure? (10) GREENHOUSE
7. Japanese maple (4) ACER
9. Two stroke ___ (3) OIL
10. Silver bedding plant Dusty Miller (9) CINERARIA
12. Anise flavoured aperitif (4) OUZO
13. Where would you often aerate? (4) LAWN
14. Apple with a cockney name! (4,6) CORE BLIMEY
15. Add coarseness to a potting compost (4) GRIT
17. Rose of the Year 2019 ________Symphony (9) STARLIGHT
19. Sloe ___ (3) GIN
20. Tool for making small holes (6) DIBBER
21. Spindle tree (8) EUONYMUS
1. Storage for a hose pipe (4) REEL
2. ‘Midwinter Fire' is a popular form of which shrub? (6) CORNUS
4. 'Elsanta', 'Hapil' and 'Honeoye' are types of which fruit? (10) STRAWBERRY
5. A term for an off-
6. Fruits from Quercus? (6) ACORN
8. Fragrant evergreen shrub (10) ROSMARINUS
11. Alan Titchmarsh's ITV garden show? ____ ____ Garden (4,4) LOVE YOUR
12. A gathering of fruit trees maybe? (7) ORCHARD
13. A deciduous conifer popularised by Monty Python? (5) LARCH
16. Pyracantha ____ Thorn (4) FIRE
18. ___ week stocks (3) TEN
So the solution to the anagram we were looking for was POINSETTIA
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP AND IN THE PLANT AREA PT1
The Shop is embracing the ‘Year of the bee’ through 2019 with colours of fabric reflecting the colours of bees -
After last year’s successful launch of the Bramblecrest range of garden furniture, further additional lines will be appearing featuring new designs together with graphite coloured cushions which will contrast rather well with the new scatter cushions from contemporary soft furnishings supplier Walton & Co.
Their Bumblebee collection features their classic bee print on orchre teamed with a modern dotted stripe. A percentage of the sales from these cushions is donated to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We’ll also be introducing a range of scatter cushions from Leisuregrow and these provide a perfect way to inject colour, add interest, or to layer-
In our children’s department, we have a choice of two pirate themed wooden picture plaques from Gisela Graham -
As we recover from the excesses of the festive period, there’s good news that the restaurant will once again be offering their delicious freshly baked scones. They will be available in three flavours -
The summer Bulb of the Year 2019 is Ranunculus ‘Purple Heart’. It’s wonderfully dramatic and sumptuous colouring makes this ranunculus a sublime partner for rich purples, softer pinks and fresh greens. Pretty impressive in pots or the early summer border, they also make quite long-
This bulb is part of our ‘Buy One Get One Free’ summer bulb promotion which includes Lilium Regale and Agapanthus Blue. They cost £5.99 each.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP AND IN THE PLANT AREA PT2
In our seasonal tunnel we’ll have a great range of potted spring bulbs including single and double Snowdrops, Narcissi and Tulips in 9cm pots. We’ll have a multi-
Magnolias tend to come into their own once spring beckons so we are excited by a new delivery which includes ‘Alba Superba’ (pictured right), ‘Black Tulip’, ‘Columnar Pink’, ‘Genie’, ‘Golden Pond’, (a cross between M. acuminata x M. denudata) This magnolia is a fast growing sizeable tree with large flowers. Held upright, they have the narrow tepals typical of many acuminata derivatives but have great colour intensity. From the popular ‘Susan’ famed for its reddish purple cupped flowers with a lovely fragrance to the incredibly rare ‘Caerhayes New Purple’ with its deep glowing purple pink flowers.
At £12.99 the Helleborus Rodney Davey Marbled Group of varieties are expected in early February. The collection, in 2-
Finally, OCA – not the Open College of the Arts, Oxford Cricket Association or Offshore Contractors Association but Oxalis tuberosa, a delicious vegetable! Some may remember that a few years ago we promoted the growing of Ocas (New Zealand Yam) and several customers wanted to grow these for a second season, but we were unable to supply tubers as the commercial grower we obtained stock from had a disaster – the rabbits got into the production fields and destroyed virtually all the stock.
However, tubers are available again this year so you can try your hand again, or for the first time. For those unfamiliar with Oca, it is second only to potatoes in importance in the Andes. They look rather like elongated, knobbly and colourful potatoes and have a wonderful tangy, lemony flavour. They are crisp and juicy and can be eaten raw in salads, they roast beautifully, or they can be boiled when they lose some of the lemony flavour and become nutty. Nutritionally they are rich in carbohydrate, calcium and iron and can either be grown in large pots or in a warm position in the ground. Growing instructions will be available with the tubers, but basically they should be treated rather like a potato but with the addition of making sure they are kept very well watered from September onwards when the tubers will be forming. So look out for these little gems shortly, give them a go and be delighted with the new addition to your plate in the autumn and winter.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST DECORATED POTATO!
This year we are running our School Challenge in conjunction with our Junior Gardening Club members and opening it to anyone else who would like to enter to see who can produce the ‘Best Dressed Potatoes’ in and around Buckingham! All entries will come together at our Graft & Grow event on Saturday 2nd February where they will be judged and prizes given. The Competition is open to EVERYONE, including all local schools in Buckingham and the surrounding villages and members of our Junior Gardening Club. All you have to do is decorate a potato tuber, preferably a reasonably sized one, with whatever you wish from props to materials. It could be a character, an animal, or whatever you like to create with one amazing potato. Please bring your potato together with a slip of paper with your name, age, school and a contact telephone number from Friday 1st February and up to 12noon on Saturday 2nd February 2019. All entries will be judged after 12noon and the winners notified later that afternoon. To give you some ideas we ran a similar competition a few years ago and pictured below are some of the entries we received. Let’s see if we can push the boat out and create some very special best dressed spuds!
Back in the summer of last year we invited you to put a name to our Junior Garden Club characters -
Winning name is Apple Blossom. Runners up Happy and Lucy
Winning name is Stanley. Runners up Busy Bee and Honey
Winning name is Fred. Runners up Red and Appley Rappily
Now can you put a name to our new Potato character, pictured right? We have nicknamed it Spud -
WHAT WILL THE GARDENING TRENDS BE IN 2019?
Every January the retail trade gears itself up for the trending colours of the year, writes Chris Day. The main source of this intelligence is unsurprisingly Pantone, a global authority on colour. They say “This year’s colours will reflect a desire to embolden ourselves as we face the future. There’s a focus on colours that will provide confidence and lift our spirits, with palettes that are filled with creative and unexpected combinations.” The gardening industry has always been very colour focused -
Elsewhere the urban garden and all its quirks looks set to be at the heart of the 2019 garden trends. The words ‘vista’, ‘drifts’ and ‘double borders’ have been replaced by pots, table planters, automated irrigation and smaller varieties of plants.
For smaller gardens you need plants that will ‘pay their way with colour and reliability’ so summer plants that need less water are definitely going to be on the shopping list in 2019. At the Ball Colegrave trials one plant definitely flourished in the heat and that was the Calibrachoa. It has been around since the 1990's, and you’ll probably recognise it under its marketing name of ‘Million Bells’. This plant is relatively undemanding, and prefers its soil on the dry side.
Finally, yes! Houseplants continue from strength to strength. The use of larger, more sculptural specimen plants such as palms and Umbrella plants looks set to rise as is the interest of jungle type plants such as Calathea and Maranta, the prayer plant.
WHAT’S ON THIS LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING
SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY GRAFT AND GROW DAY Our apple scion wood exchange, grafting demonstrations and vegetable growing day will feature members of The Mid Shires Orchard Group offering an opportunity to swap scion (top fruit varieties) from far and wide and get them grafted (for a small charge), plus expert vegetable growing advice from members of the local group of the National Vegetable Society. We are delighted to welcome our chosen charity of 2019, Lindengate who will be here for the first time. Please come and have a chat with them in the Foyer. At our Graft & Grow event they will be encouraging you to get involved to sow and grow a spectacular Sunflower Wall at their H.Q. gardens just outside Wendover. You can be part of this event by sponsoring a beautiful sunflower plant by sowing a seed and making a small donation. Do come along and find out more! www.lindengate.co.uk
WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH at 4pm Colour is the key essential in every garden and this updated talk -
WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH Join us for an ORCHID DAY in the company of the ‘Orchid Master’ Peter White. Peter is President of the British Orchid Society and President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance. His no-
WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL at 4pm Timothy Walker’s talk ‘Bordering on Insanity’ -
WEDNESDAY 8th MAY at 4pm Our chosen charity of 2019, Lindengate, will be talking on their aims and work. Come and hear how Lindengate Charity supports those with mental health needs using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. Learn about their stunning 5 acre garden and conservation work, and the part it plays in recovery. Except it is much more than that! See our March 13th talk for full booking details.
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