Green Fingers I Wish

Monday, December 24, 2007

Garden's Sweet Smell of Success

One of South Yorkshire's newest attractions which celebrates its fifth anniversary on Wednesday has already brought in six million visitors.

The Winter Garden in Sheffield was built to house thousands of plants from around the world.

But since opening in December 2002 it has proved so popular that millions have flocked to see the displays in the huge temperate glasshouse.

Civic officials and school choirs will mark the anniversary at the garden.

The structure was built in 2002 and houses 2,500 plants from around the world.

The glass and timber-framed building is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the country in the last 100 years and was officially opened by the Queen in May 2003.

Standing 22 metres high the garden is thought to be large enough to house 5,000 garden greenhouses.

Jan Wilson, leader of the city council, said: "The Winter Garden has been a venue for hundreds of events, exhibitions and performances and it has grown to be an important part of the city for both visitors and residents.

"It is great that we are celebrating its fifth anniversary in a way that everyone can enjoy, either having a free mince pie or by listening to the children's performance."

Sheffield-born Michael Palin, who is a patron of the garden, said: "It's a simple but powerful building, and I especially like the way the bold timber arches mix so successfully with a traditionally brick and stone city.

"More than that the Winter Garden enhances both the skyline of Sheffield and the quality of life for those who live, work and visit the city centre."

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Forget The Weather - Garden Indoors!

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Gardening Bargains

There are some great holiday bargains on plants, flowers, gardening tools and equipment to be had here.

Because most people`s minds are on non-garden matters now due to the weather and so on, many retailers are slashing prices to keep the goods moving.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Gardening Tips At Club Bazaar

Well, even in Bahrain they worry about the environment....

GARDENERS, pet lovers and others turned out for the Bahrain Garden Club's (BGC) first Horticultural Bazaar at its clubhouse, in Juffair, yesterday.

The event was held under the patronage of Capital Governor Shaikh Humood bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

On sale were plants, flowers, garden equipment, accessories, pets, birds, gifts, refreshments and other items. Visitors were given gardening advice by agricultural specialists and other attractions included games for adults and children, henna and face painting.

"We had 38 participants, including productive families and various nurseries," BGC public relations officer Tahera Jaberi told the GDN.

"We mainly encouraged ladies who are having businesses in their homes for nurseries or handicrafts.

"The main purpose of the bazaar is to spread awareness about looking after the environment and familiarising people with horticulture.

"Shaikh Humood was so happy and said next year he would like the Capital Governorate to participate and he also wanted to take it to a bigger level. "He said he would also co-ordinate with us and was ready to support us in our activities."