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Gardening is good for you

Gardening. It makes you happy and it’s good for you too. There are many benefits including exercise, stress relief, connecting with nature, being creative, learning new skills and enjoying your garden with family and friends.
Please join us at Madley Plants, between 10 and 1 on Saturday 6th July, for our latest fun event in aid of the Alzheimers Society...and this time it’s all about gardening.

The schedule for the day is as follows

  • Gardeners questions - come along with questions for our panel who are themselves very keen local gardeners. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge about growing in the area, which plants work well in Hereford soil, plants that work together and many other general subjects that they'll be happy to chat about. The 2 sessions will last for 20 mins or so and are at 11am and 12pm

  • Veg gardening for kids - join Michele in the veg patch here at Madley Plants to learn about how to grow and harvest veg in your own garden. Sessions run for 20 mins at 10.30 and 11.45

  • Bug Hotel Building - come and learn about how to build your own bug hotel. The ones made on the day will be put to good use in our community! Sessions last 20 mins and are at 11.15 and 12.15

  • Foraging walk - head out for a 20 minute wander down the public footpaths around the nursery and learn all about what’s growing on our doorstep that you can, and can’t, eat. Sessions run for 20 mins at 10.15, 11.00 and 11.45

Also on the day, from 10am until 1pm, we'll have the following here too...

  • Tool sharpening - got some blunt secateurs, shears or any other garden cutting tool? Bring them along and Philip from Allensmore Sharpening will sharpen them up for you. There is no fee but we do ask for a nice donation to the Alzheimers Society as a sign of your appreciation.

  • A seed swap - if you like to grow from seed, bring any surplus seed you don't want and swap it for some that you do! Maybe a small donation to Alzheimers for your new seeds?

  • Sundial Apiaries will also be here and ready to answer any questions you may have on bees and bee keeping. They'll also have some of their wonderful honey products on sale too.

  • Eaton Bishop Gardening Club will be here to let you know about their club and the great talks and holidays they run throughout the year.

  • Growing Point, who help people living with physical or mental challenges, or ill health, to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening will also be here talking about the valuable work they do across our county.

  • Tea and scones - come to the cafe and enjoy tea or coffee with a scone, cream and jam for just £5. The cost covers the drinks and food and a donation to the Alzheimers Society. Scones will be served from 10 and will be available until they run out (but we’ll still have plenty of cake!).

For the full schedule, click here


The day is a joint initiative with our friends at The Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley and they will be on hand to talk about what they do and also serve you tea and scones in our cafe and assist with on site parking.

As ever, we hope this event will be very popular and so parking will be an issue on site.  We’ve been kindly allowed to use Madley Primary School’s car park on the day so if you can, please park in the village and walk down to the nursery. Obviously if you’re unable to do the walk, then come and park on site and the Rotary ladies & gents will fit you in the car park.

Places on each session are limited, with the exception of Gardeners Questions, so please come early and put your name on the list for the session you're interested in. Sorry, but places can't be reserved in advance - it's all on the day!

Earlier Event: 4 May
Summer container planting session