Quite aside from half-price offers on magnolias and other lovelies for Garden Club members, here’s a useful little function on the Garden Centre Group's website...
Go here and hit whichever compass aspect is most influential in your garden.
For me, the dominant direction is east. Alas, being by the sea brings a new bunch of challenges. My plants prefer a certain garden in Eastbourne.
After five years of trying, I’ve let the succulents take over the patio and good luck to them. They do it without any aid from me and apparently thrive on sea spray!
Free Advice and Free Pudding…
For the rest of April, Garden Club members can get expert tips on herbaceous borders.
This includes planting and caring for these soul-lifting summer plants. You can also ask for advice on saving water and staying green.
When you’ve found everything you need for the garden, take some time out and feed yourself.
Something for Everyone
Everyone can enjoy Fish and Chips (with haddock) at £7.95 or try the Great Sunday Lunch – roast with vegetables - at Garden Centre Group restaurants for £8.95, every Sunday from 12 noon.
Club members get free pudding with every item from the specials board over £7.45. And other special offers include a hearty Breakfast Ciabatta with Tea for £4.95.
Club members over 60 can go one better and tuck into two courses with tea or coffee on Mondays and Tuesdays, just £7.95 (with a main course from the Specials Menu).
The Thrifty Gardener
Until April 29, The Garden Centre Group is offering half-price deals on seasonal plants. Click here for the full range, which includes magnolias, seed potatoes and forsythias.
While you’re browsing the seasonal plant deals, don’t forget to check out the Spring Offers.
These include herbaceous plants, British-grown bedding and pretty planters all in a row. Stunning patio plants are now 3 for 2 (usually £1.79 each).
Just click on the last word of the following plants to find out more about them. These are just some April favourites.
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' (my favourite)
Clematis 'Fragrant Oberon'
The Garden Centre Group’s advice for April is spot on with suggestions to keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night, mulching (while you can still see what you’re doing) and recruiting birds to practice snail bashing on handy flat stones you provide.
Exploring the Lewes Branch, near Kingston
Halfway between Rodmell of Virginia Woolf fame (and the excellent Abergavenny Pub) and Lewes you will find the Lewes branch of the Garden Centre Group. It's just across from the turn-off to Kingston.
If you’re going to make a serious practice of gardening, join the Garden Centre Group’s Gardening Club. It’s free to join and you can see above just how useful membership is.
Not only do you get some very useful privileges, you can access The Gardener’s Handbook and get a gorgeous magazine posted to you covering important dates in gardener’s social calendar.
Over 60s get Double Points on Tuesdays
Garden Centre Group members receive double points on Tuesdays for all purchases made.
As a 'Club' member you'll receive invitations to special events and seasonal previews at your local garden centre