Fairweather’s Garden Centre was approached by the BBC Gardeners World Live Team, to take part, when it was confirmed that their first show after a long lockdown break, was to be held in the grounds of Beaulieu Motor Museum. Right on the doorstep of this family run garden centre, planning started.
Patrick Fairweather, the owner of Fairweather’s, along with Rachel Foster the Head Gardener from Patrick’s Patch, an educational and produce garden that Fairweather’s runs with the help of volunteers and local school children, decided to take the concept of Patrick’s Patch to the show, so that everyone could see exactly what they do.
The judges thought this was wonderful and awarded them with the only platinum award of the day as the Best Beautiful Border.
The border included wooden vegetables painted by the oldest volunteer Joe who is in his 90’s to handmade bees made by year 6 at Wildground Primary School. The old baked bean tins symbolised how the plants were sold in the garden centre 60 years ago. The pot man and knitted vegetables was made by volunteers. The attention to detail from Peter Rabbit to the Hedgehog hotel kept all the visitors to the show entertained and inspired.
Patrick Fairweather said, “The border really did reflect the whole team’s input and showed everything we do in Patrick’s Patch in to a small 6x3m bed. It promoted the importance of engaging children in gardening, helping them appreciate where food comes from and showing them how gardening in harmony with wildlife and nature is the most sustainable future for growing our own food. We are delighted to have won this award.”
Patrick’s Patch embraces the whole community and is open to visits from local Primary school children and special-needs groups who can come and enjoy hands-on gardening activities. The team garden with nature is a haven for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for visitors
Patrick’s Patch is located on Beaulieu High Street, is open 7 days per week, and is free to enter!
Using passion and expertise Fairweather's Garden Centre is a unique plant and garden centre, in the heart of Beaulieu, with plenty of parking. A rare independant garden centre owned and managed for 60 years by the Fairweather family.
A large outdoor plant area with a wide range of plants backed up by expert advice and a 5 year guarantee on all hardy plants sold. The inside shop is well stocked with a wide range of tools, seeds, gifts, treats and fabulously fragranced candles. Fairweather's is a keen supporter of 'shop local' and uses local small businesses from in and around the New Forest.
Now offering a useful click and collect & delivery service which will help you during lockdown: https://fairweathers.co.uk/product-category/click-collect/
The buying team are enthusiastic about Christmas and their tree displays are well worth looking at for inspiration.
Steff's Kitchen is well worth a visit, table service and booking is advisable as it is very popular. Using locally sourced produce and their own fruit and vegetables from thier own productive vegetable garden Patrick's Patch it really is homecooking at its best. Homemade cakes and desserts are a must to try or take home for later.
A new addition to Fairweather's is Steff's to go - a takeaway located opposite. Using the same passion Steff's to go offers delicious coffees, breakfast baps, toasties, salads, sausage rolls, baguettes, cakes, scones and more.
Don't forget to pop your head into Patrick's Patch, next door to Steff's to go and see the productive garden. Get some inspiriation on growing your own fruit and vegetables. Out of lockdown courses and a children's club is run from the garden, which are hugely popular.
Fairweather’s is the largest grower of Agapanthus in the UK and has a collection of over 300 cultivars approved as a National Collection.
Whether grown in the ground or in a container, agapanthus bloom best in full sun. Colours include bright blue but they come in many shades of blue and purple and there are some white ones too. The plants are about 2 feet tall but the flower stalks rise up above the foliage, growing to be a striking 3-4 feet high. Most Agapanthus bloom for around 6 weeks, however 'Flower of Love' has been specially bred to be much more floriferous for an incredible 10-12 weeks, starting around mid-July.
Regal and romantic. Many strong stalks are capped with clusters of open, trumpet-shaped blooms, creating spherical flower heads that almost seem to float above the strap shaped foliage.
Thick fleshy roots store fluid and nutrients to enable these low-maintenance plants to flourish in poor dry soils, whether in containers or borders. Excellent as cut flowers, lasting well in a vase.
Visit www.fairweathers.co.uk for more information and to buy online.