Late Night Christmas Shopping Eves
Join us at Cleeve Nursery for Late Night Shopping and Mulled Wine and Mince Pies!
December 3rd Tuesday 5 -7 p.m.
December 9th Monday 5 - 7pm
Just turn up! No need to book!
Buy your British or Irish grown Christmas Tree, locally grown Poinsettia or Cyclamen or a bunch of Christmas Gifts for Gardeners.
Easy, free parking. Floodlit site.
Warm yourself by our wood burning stove in our coffee shop.
Free surprise gift for you if you spend over £20!
Collecting our Loyalty Stamps? Double stamps on these nights!
Glasshouse Street Art
Following on from the success of the Giant Painted Watering Can, we have commissioned Damien Jeffery to paint the end of our glasshouse!
The result is very striking and yet it blends in with our rural woodland background too!
Come in and take a look and let us know what you think.
Giant Watering Can Gets Makeover!
Our giant watering can [possibly the biggest in the world] gets noticed!
Standing proudly on the roadside outside of our garden centre and the third one that we have had [previous ones were of woven wicker], we thought that if 80 Gromits can be painted and scattered around Bristol, why not paint our can?
It even looks good at night!
We are considering changing it several times a year.....what do you think and what themes should we paint?
30 Years at Cleeve Nursery
July 1st 2013 marks the start of Cleeve Nursery owners Alan and Felicity Down's 30th year!
In 1983 when they took over, weeds were taller than Alan and Felicity had two under fives to look after as well as the garden centre!
Cleeve Nursery had been a retail nursery since the 1930s.
A quote from an inherited customer ~"I always shopped here because I loved the challenge of finding a live plant!" ~ the Downs knew that things could only get better!
Watch for a new special offer each month with a '30' theme!
Plastic Flower Pot Recycling
Plant pot recycling is important to us and one of the services that we provide to be more sustainable as a local business is plastic pot recycling.
This is why we are happy to collect clean plastic pots -without labels- and neatly stacked as possible in pallets in our car park.
Regrettably we can not recycle plastic plant trays this way but these we re-use and recycle in other ways.
In the past we have sent several lorry loads of pots to the Midlands where they have been chipped before making into more plant pots. This is an expensive exercise for us as the transport costs and handling costs are high.
Recently we have started to donate pots to a local very worthwhile project and that is RE:Potted at Latteridge, South Glos. Set up by Andrew and Terry, who have both suffered from learning difficulties, this project is remarkable.
Live Heron Cam
Live Heron Cam
Every spring we show live TV footage from the most established nest in the Avon Wildlife Trust heronry that is on our doorstep.
From egg laying in February to leaving the nest in early summer, you can watch these beautiful large birds in our Wild Life section of our 240 year old barn shop.
Access to the heronry is prohibited but, with our funding and assistance from Keith Hall and Bristol Branch tree surgeons, we provide this rare insight into one of our largest British birds nests. There are between 40-50 nests in the heronry.
This Heronry was mentioned in Rutter's Delineation of North Somerset in 1829 but then located about 1 mile away.
January 24th 2013 update ~ first herons check out the herony! Three eggs laid late February. 1st hatch March 18th. 1st clutch lost but they are having another go! Find out how they are doing....
Lights, Camera, Action! You Tube garden videos!
You have probably already seen our beautifully filmed Cleeve Nursery and Garden Centre video.
Well Alan Down and TWC Media have been busy again and there are 7 seasonal new short videos to watch on our You Tube channel 'The Cleeve Nursery'.
[TWC Media is new small company set up by one of our student employees. We strongly recommend him!]
Royal Horticultural Society Events
RHS Recommended Events 2013
We have been asked again by the Royal Horticultural Society to host events in 2014 for both RHS members and non members. These will be-
April 9th 19.30 Shrubs & Perennials for the Flower Arranger by Felicity Down, Constance Spry Dip.
Sept. 29th 19.30 Growing Container Vegetables by Alan Down, M. Hort
Are there any particular subjects that you think that we could cover for future RHS Recommended Events?
If there are, please send your suggestion here
RHS have also asked us to organise a Regional Lecture!
This will be in Nailsea during the evening of October 6th and we are delighted that multiple Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal and Best in Show winner Cleve West will be our speaker! Jot the date down in your diary now!
Mr & Mrs. Mike Musson of Westbury on Trym were the lucky winners of our recent free draw to go to RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show.
Here are some of the images that they brought back to share with us.
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