OCTOBER 2014 NEWS.
Plant of the month: Conifers
Every garden should have at least one. Fantastic evergreens, they’ll give the garden structure, winter interest and make a great back drop for flowering plants such as heathers. So whether it’s for screening, groundcover, for a specimen in the lawn, pots on the patio or in the mixed borders your garden really will benefit from growing conifers. Talk to our expert friendly staff to find out more about this lovely group of plants.
Product of the month: Jumbo leaf and grass scoop. £7.99 per pair.
Fans of Kenny Everett will no doubt remember the character Brother Lee Love with the oversized foam hands. Wearing Gardman’s Jumbo leaf and grass scoops is a green fingered alternative that will be very useful in the garden this autumn. These giant hands are tough, yet lightweight. The large scoop capacity helps to protect hands from thorns and cuts and Gardman’s design is “all done in the best possible taste!”
Nature Reserve News
We were delighted to welcome students from Parkfields Middle School in Toddington onto the reserve last month. Students from the art department spent a lovely day drawing wild flowers growing in our meadow.
Christmas Opens 4th October
Be the first to see this year’s displays as we open the doors to Christmas 2014 on the 4th of October at 9am. Santa’s Grotto opens on the 15th of November. Santa will be in his grotto every weekend until Christmas from 10.30am to 4pm. A visit is £6 per child and they will receive a present, a bag of chocolate coins, a free squash drink in Poplars pantry and a no obligation professional photo opportunity. We do not operate a booking system and advise you to come early. At busy times the queue may close early at the duty manager’s discretion.
Free Plant app until the 14th October
Poplars privilege customers can download our plant app for free until the 14th October. The “Joy of Plants” app contains images and full details of over 9,800 UK plants, and normally costs £2.99. There is a version for iPhone/iPad on the Apple App Store and another for all other modern phones & tablets available from app.joyofplants.com.
Bedfordshire Beekeepers Honey Show 18th October
We are buzzing with excitement to announce that the Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association will be here on Saturday 18th October for their Annual Honey Show. This is set to be a fantastic day with lots and lots going on. The Poplars Learning Zone really will be a hive of activity. Open from 9am to 5pm. Honey tasting, candle making and view a live hive in a glass tank.
Peacock Valuation Day
Peacock’s Auctioneers will be visiting Poplars on the 25th of October as we hold another popular valuation day. Experts can offer advice and valuations on jewellery, collectables, antiques and artworks. Held in Poplars Learning Zone from 10am. Arrive early to avoid queues and please wrap your items carefully.
Free Carousel Rides throughout half term 25th October to 2nd November
Our Victorian carousel returns to Poplars on the 25th of October and throughout half term. Rides are free and you can go round as many times as you like. If there is a queue then we ask that you join the back of the queue after each ride. Why not bring the children, or the grandchildren for some free rides on our lovely Victorian carousel. Rides open from 10am to 4pm every day from 25th October to the 2nd of November.
Poplars Wedding Fayre 8th and 9th of November
We are looking forward to hosting our very own Wedding fayre again this year on the 8th and 9th of November. This year we will hold a catwalk show on the Sunday to show off some fabulous wedding dresses. Come and talk to wedding florists, entertainers, singers, dressmakers, cake makers, stationers and wedding car drivers plus much more.
Reindeer 16th November
Two of Santa’s reindeer and some other special friends will visit Poplars on Sunday the 16th of November from 10.30am to 4pm. A visit to the reindeer is free. Professional handlers will be present to talk about the reindeer, explain what food they eat, which part of the world they come from and how they are looked after. All visitors must wash their hands after visiting the reindeer. Facilities are provided.
MacMillan Coffee Morning 28th November
Poplars learning zone will be the venue for the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Flitwick Vale on the 28th of November who host a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer support. Why not pop in for a coffee, a slice of cake and a good natter. There will be a raffle and the ladies would be delighted to receive a donation towards this very worthy cause.
Tea with Santa 9th and 11th of December
Santa has confirmed he is coming to tea with us again for two magical evenings. This very popular event includes tea with Santa, Santa’s story time, a named gift and a live miniature Xmas tree. A no obligation photo opportunity is also available. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Cost is £15.00 per child. Menu choices will be discussed with you at the time of booking. Bookings for these two evenings opens on Saturday 4th October.