Suntrap Garden


Open Day – Sunday 24 May

What a perfect Summer’s day we had.  The weather was beautiful, the garden was busy.

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But, I think Eubee, the snowy owl, might have been the star attraction for many.

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Suntrap Open Day – Sunday 24 May

The annual open day will take place this year on Sunday 24 May 2009 from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Entry is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for concession with proceeds going to Perennial, the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.

It will feature the usual range of events, garden tours with John Smith at 11.00, 12.00, 2.00 and 3.00,  teas and coffees, plants sales and of course, our beautiful garden almost in full bloom.

It’s always a delightful occasion with the garden full of visitors.

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World’s biggest bring and buy sale

On Wednesday 18 February 2009, Blue Peter is hosting the World’s Biggest Bring and Buy sale at the Lakeside Shopping Centre. The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens are helping children grow and eat better food through the Blue Peter’s Mission Nutrition appeal. They have joined up with two other charities, Save the Children and ContinYou, to run the appeal.

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Mission Nutrition wants to help children around the world to eat well and grow their own food. It’s also a great way to raise the profile of the community farming and gardening movement and the work their members do on a daily basis to promote the benefits of growing for everyone.

If you can’t come along to their bring and buy sale why not organise your own. A fundraising pack is available on the appeal website.

Alternatively, if you are taking part and want to let us know about it why not leave a comment below.



Happy Christmas

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We wish you all a happy Christmas and a big thank you to everyone who has come along to the garden this year. Whether it be for the Open Day, workshops, classes, to buy plants or simply to have a wander around.

We look forward to seeing you next year, information on classes and workshops can be found on the blog.

The garden is now closed until 5 January 2009, when it will reopen from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.



Feed the Birds
December 4, 2008, 10:29 am
Filed under: Garden Advice, Garden Visits, Gardening, Suntrap Garden | Tags: , , , ,

I went into the kitchen this morning and was met by this sight in the garden.

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Which reminds me, it’s really easy to feed the birds and not expensive. All the major DIY, supermarkets and pet stores stock bird food and accessories at a reasonable cost. You can buy the more expensive feeders because they look nice but it’s not necessary.

Another good way to save money is to buy the wild bird seed and peanuts in large kilo bags and store them in large covered dustbins. You’ll be amazed how quickly the birds get through the seed and you’ll be back and forth filling the feeders up.

But can anyone tell me how to encourage them into my bird baths?



Christmas Book Ideas

Well, my thoughts have finally got round to Christmas. I can’t stand the thought of fighting my way through the shops so I’ve decided to do some internet browsing. I’ve even managed to order some presents and I am just waiting for them dropping through my letter box. Here’s my top pick of books for this Christmas.

When I visit people and they realise I like gardening, I often get asked what plant could go where, or what can I do with that bit at the back of the garden. I love my gardening books and try hard to have some plan before I set off to the garden centre. Always full of good ideas and sure that I won’t just pick up something from that display that hits you as you walk through the door.

So, my first book comes from the RHS. They do a great variety of little reference books, Good Plant Guides, Month by Month, but my pick for this year is What Plant When. It breaks the plants into seasons, so if you’re like me and your garden looks great in the growing season and then you get a bit fed up when it gets cold then this is ideal.

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A very popular activity this year has been growing your own vegetables. For those of you who are novices and don’t know where to start this is great.

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Hessayon have a wide range of books for the keen gardener. If you’re looking to improve your lawn, grow vegetables, plant containers, find out about pests and diseases, maintain your greenhouse, the list is endless.

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A book I came across in the Summer which deals with the changing climate and how we have to adapt to the drier (!) seasons is Matthew Wilson’s New Gardening. It is full of lots of helpful, common sense tips and then there are some great ideas of what you can achieve in your garden.

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Something I don’t know anything about is flower arranging. However, I know a woman who does and this will be in her Christmas stocking. It’s a beautiful book full of contemporary projects, large and small.

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Saturday Workshops

Do you want to know how to take the strain out of gardening and relax? Then why not come along to our Saturday workshop about low maintenance gardening. It takes place on Saturday 15 November between 10am and 12 noon. The cost is £6 plus materials. Call John on 0131 339 7283 to book your place.