NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS.
Plant of the month: Skimmia
Skimmias are available in several different varieties, all are low maintenance evergreens which produce attractive red flower buds in autumn that open to delightfully scented white flowers in Spring. Skimmias produce male and female flowers on different plants, and both sexes must be planted to ensure a crop of spectacular mostly red berries form in autumn on the female varieties only. They are perfect for growing in containers and provide good all year round colour in partial shade to full shade. Just plant them in ericaceous compost, thatís acid soil, and enjoy.
Product of the month: Pizza Stone and Cutter.
Every once in a while a great product comes along at a great price. This 12 inch ceramic pizza stone is ideal for baking fresh or frozen pizza as well as bread, biscuits, muffins and pies. Why is it so good? The ceramic stone heats evenly and absorbs moisture to produce a perfect crispy base. This set comes with a metal rack to put the hot stone onto and also includes a pizza cutter too. Please remember to use oven gloves when handling a hot pizza stone. This set is on sale in Poplars for just £9.99. Beautifully boxed, which makes it easy to wrap, this is a great gift for pizza lovers, cooks or just simply add to your collection of great kitchen gadgets. RRP £19.99.
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.
Victorian Carousel Rides 8th and 9th of November
Our Victorian carousel returns to Poplars on the 8th and 9th of November. 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 both days.
Our very popular Christmas Grotto opens on the 15th of November. The Grotto will be open every weekend until Christmas between 10.30am and 4pm. A visit to Father Christmas costs just £6. Every child receives a gift from Santa, a bag of chocolate coins, a free drink of squash in Poplars Pantry and a no obligation professional photograph opportunity.
Reindeer 16th of November
Two of Santaís 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 of 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.
Marion serves up 25 Years Loyal Service
Poplars Pantry team member Marion recorded 25 years continuous service last month. We were delighted to mark this special occasion with a few special gifts for Marion and our very grateful thanks for such long and loyal service. We think Marion must be one of the longest serving Garden Centre catering staff in the whole of the UK. Marion joined us in 1989, not long after Poplars Pantry first opened. Poplars was one of the earliest garden centres to open a restaurant so Marion must be one of the longest serving employees in the Country. Well done Marion and Thank you.
Christmas Wishing Well
Our Christmas wishing well will be collecting money for the Greenfingers Charity throughout November and December. Greenfingers build magical gardens at Childrenís Hospices all across the UK. Over 40 gardens have now been built offering tranquil and peaceful places for terminally ill children and their families to reflect, relax, enjoy nature and be together. We have been supporters of this amazing charity for a very long time and we really do appreciate any donations you are able to give.
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, Santaís 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. Places are going fast so donít delay, call and book with us today.