We get many nice things said about our Nursery and Garden Centre but it always nice to get a quote from someone well known and famous!
James Wong presents BBC Countryfile and had his own very successful TV series called 'Grow Your Own Drugs'.
James is an ethnobotanists and believes fervently that we need to reconnect with plants and food.
James recently Tweeted after he visited the nursery in spring 2013
"Awesome nursery, just as shame I don't live 100 miles closer"
James' selection of less common edible plants that can be grown from seed and are available from Cleeve Nursery in the Suttons Seeds Homegrown Revolution range.
Top 25 Gourmet Garden Centres
The Daily Telegraph [Saturday 25th 2014] has placed the Box Tree Cafe at Cleeve Nursery amongst it's Top 25 Gourmet Garden Centres in Britain!
The paper says "This small but perfectly formed nursery boasts a matching cafe, offering a creative specials board and delicious home-made soups, toasted paninis and more. A wood burner and comfy sofa add to the positive vibes"
Garden Re Leaf Day March 14th
Once again we are raising money and having fun in aid of that great charity Greenfingers!
Greenfingers Charity builds gardens for children's hospice throughout the country and gives the opportunity for kids with life threatening diseases to get outside and have a bit of fun.
This year we are also planning a gardening quiz [watch for details] and cream teas cooked by various members of our team.
Tool Recycling Scheme
We have joined forces with The Conservation Foundation to get more people gardening!
Our Tool Recycling Scheme means that you can drop off old, broken or unwanted garden tools with us and they will be refurbished in a local prison before being given to school and community groups who want to start gardening!
So take a look in your garden shed and see what you can offer!
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. According to the BTO annual survey there were 37 nests occupied in the heronry behind Cleeve Nursery near Bristol in 2013.
This Heronry was mentioned in Rutter's Delineation of North Somerset in 1829 but then located about 1 mile away.
January 20th 2014 update ~ first herons check out the herony!
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!
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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