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Plant of the Month – Christmas Box
December’s plant of the month is Christmas Box. Properly known as Sarcococca, which will provide fantastic winter interest to any garden. This easy to grow evergreen shrub produces sweetly scented, white flowers from December onwards against lustrous, dark green leaves. This compact shrub is perfect for planting near an entrance, path edge, shady border or woodland garden.

Plant of the Month – Christmas Box

Product of the Month – Pizza Stone and Cutter
December’s product of the month is the 12” Pizza Stone and Cutter. This is another top seller and at just £9.99 it’s easy to see why. The ceramic pizza stone comes with a serving rack and pizza cutter. The stone is ideal for baking fresh or frozen pizza and bread as well as biscuits, muffins and pies. The stone heats evenly and absorbs moisture to produce a perfect crispy base every time. Beautifully boxed making this an ideal easy to wrap gift. Was 19.99. On offer in store for just £9.99.

Product of the Month – Pizza Stone and Cutter

Garden Job of the Month – Pruning Apples and Pears
This month it’s time to Winter prune Apples & Pears. This should be carried out between leaf fall and bud bust when the tree is dormant (November and late February). Firstly remove any dead, diseased and damaged branches. Next, look at any crossing, weak and rubbing branches and remove. Then remove any branches growing strongly in the centre of the tree (larger than 15cm or 6” long). Then shorten previous year’s growth by one third to a bud facing the direction you need it to grow. Leave any of the side shoots (laterals) to develop fruiting buds unless they are crossing or it’s too crowded. If a tip or partial tip bearing tree remove some of the old fruiting branches to a strong shoot near the main trunk. Always use clean and sharp secateurs, pruning saws and loppers when pruning. If you need any further advice then we always have plant experts in store ready to help. Just call or pop in for some great free advice.

Garden Job of the Month – Pruning Apples and Pears

Pudding and Sprout – our resident Reindeer are available every day to meet visitors. You will find these lovely animals under our covered area behind Santa’s grotto. There will be a special feeding session every Saturday morning between 10am and 10.30am. A visit to the reindeer is free all we ask is that you wash your hands after your visit.


Santa’s Grotto
Father Christmas is here every weekend in December – except the 26th and 27th when he will be taking a well-earned rest from delivering all those presents. The Grotto will also be open on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of December. Every child will receive a present and a bag of chocolate coins. A Professional photograph of your child’s visit will also be available to purchase should you wish to. Tickets for the Grotto can be purchased in advance from any of the garden centre tills. Tickets cost £7 per child. Poplars will donate £1 for every child that visits Santa to the NSPCC. Grotto Opening Hours are 10.30am - 4.00pm. Please note that the queue may close earlier than 4.00pm at particularly busy times to allow the last entrant into the Grotto by 4pm.

Santa’s Grotto

Privilege Club Winner gets ready for Christmas
Our latest privilege club winner popped in to store last month to collect her £250 worth of Poplars vouchers. Mrs Loughlane was absolutely thrilled to win and said “I was so shocked & surprised to read the newsletter and see my name printed. I always wander around Poplars and feel like I could buy everything in sight!’ We asked her what she might buy with her vouchers and she said:- “My first purchase will be a very practical one as I need a new fence panel to replace one I lost in the high winds! With everything on offer in Poplars, I will be spoilt for choice”.

Privilege Club Winner gets ready for Christmas

NSPCC Tombola
Every year we support the NSPCC in their fantastic work for children. As well as donating a percentage of Grotto sales (£1 for each child) we also host their Postman Pat collection box and their December Tombola. The tombola will be held in store on the 12th and 13th of December. You can support this great charity by buying a few tickets and help us beat last years’ total.

NSPCC Tombola

Christmas and New Year opening times
Christmas Eve 9.00am to 4.00pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Sunday 27th December 10.30am to 4.30pm
Monday 28th December 10.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th December 9.00am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 30th December 9.00am to 5.30pm
New Years Eve 9.00am to 4.00pm
New Years Day Closed
Saturday 2nd January 9.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday 3rd January 10.30am to 4.30pm

Christmas and New Year opening times

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