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Win £100 of vouchers!

Correctly guess who’s moving in to the empty concession at Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre for your chance to WIN £100 of vouchers! To enter, simply comment on the post on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. Correct responses received by 27th October 2019 will be entered into a draw and the winner drawn and contacted

Upcycled Toilet Roll Bumble Bees

Here’s two ways that you can use empty toilet roll tubes to create fun bumble bees. Why not make loads of bees to create a bee family, or even make some other bugs that you can find in your garden! It’s the perfect activity to get the kids learning how what bugs visit our gardens

Upcycled Flower Garden

Here’s a fun way to upcycle a milk or juice carton to make your own mini flower bed. It’s the perfect activity to get the kids into gardening and outside in the summer holidays! Why not create multiple carton flower beds and make them all colourful ready for your garden.   Supplies (for one flower

Bottle Cap Flower

Here’s a fun way to upcycle old bottle caps to make your own garden decoration. It’s the perfect rainy day activity to do with the kids during the school holidays and won’t take long to make!   Supplies (for one flower): 7 bottle caps Small garden stake/lollipop stick Paint for outdoors or old nail varnish

Loo Roll Bird Feeder

Here is an exciting way to upcycle an ordinary loo roll and transform it into a fun shaped bird feeder for your garden, or if you don’t have used loo rolls use any cardboard tubes. Anything to a used pringles tube to an old crackers box! Get the kids involved during the summer holidays, a

Juice Carton Owl Bird Feeder

Here is an exciting way to upcycle some ordinary kitchen waste and transform it into a fun owl bird feeder for your garden. Get the kids involved during the summer holidays, a perfect rainy day activity! Supplies: Juice carton Plastic bottle lids x4 Googly eyes x2 Lolly stick PVA glue Enamel paints/ waterproof paints Stanley

National Sweet Pea Society’s Early National Show

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July at Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre The National Sweet Pea Society are holding their Early National Show at Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre. The show will open to the public 10.30am on Wednesday 3rd July in the Outdoor Plants greenhouse and be open to the public during opening hours until 3pm

Get A Serious Buzz in your Garden

During the warmer months here at Stewarts, there are few days when we’re not asked for help in attracting bees to the garden. Most of us are aware that recently bees have been in decline, but by planting nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long season, gardeners can help slow down this trend. This

The Scented Night Time Garden

by Susan A. Tindall Some plants emit their fragrance at night. These fragrances are generally intense, even memorable, in the darkness adding both simplicity and mystery to the experience. In practical terms the main night-pollinators in the UK are moths. These insects are attracted by scent at the ‘sweet’ end of the fragrance spectrum. The

Growing Strawberries

By John Hawkins If you’ve tasted strawberries straight from your garden, you’ll know how delicious they are… As summer has arrived, it is time to think about one of this country’s favourite fruits, the strawberry. If it is a fruit that you can enjoy, you should easily be able to grow some – they do

Weber BBQ’s

By Karl Read A juicy steak seared to perfection, crispy grilled vegetables, tasty succulent chicken, sweet and delicious chocolate brownies! It is possible to cook all these things and more on a Weber BBQ! Weber build a wide range of gas, charcoal, electric and portable BBQ’s for people who want to enjoy a casual, relaxed

Garden Parties

By Rebecca Moy Everyone loves summer, it’s a time for fresh air, warmth and outdoor fun.  With the warm evenings we all tend to extend our time outside and this often includes al fresco dining, during the day or into the evening. There is nothing quite like an outdoor garden party, it’s great fun and

New Forest Strawberry Crumble Cake

By Doug Cameron and Chris Allen The long summer nights have begun and are a great chance to enjoy the garden with some good food and good company. This time of year is a great time to find fresh local fruit and vegetables and here at Stewarts we aim to use as much local and

Homegrown is where it’s ‘appenin!

By Glenda Stansbury We all know you cannot beat the satisfaction of growing your own fruit and veg and the immense pleasure it brings to pick your own fruits of labour. The toil of previous months seem to get swept away on the first taste of your crop, yes, those flavours really are more intense

Do we take plants for granted?

By Rebecca Moy Having worked since the age of 13 with plants and still working with them now, it reminded me how we really should celebrate that we live our lives surrounded by them and that they still amaze me! Just for a second, imagine life without plants. For a start you probably wouldn’t be

The Bedding Season

By John Hawkins  In the 1960s the bedding season was totally different from today, both in its length and its range of plants. The first of the box bedding appeared in the month of May and by box I mean in a wooden seed tray of 48 plants (pre decimal) and if you only wanted

Wildlife Friendly Gardening

By Tim Bucknall There’s no room for complacency though – through intensive farming the countryside is getting less and less wildlife-friendly, and so it falls more and more to gardeners to support wildlife. So what are the best ways to do this? All creatures need the right habitat, and it’s possible to provide a range of

Easy-Going, Great Value Plants for New Gardeners

by Susan A. Tindall These are plants that require very little in the way of maintenance, and would need a lawn mowing service only once in a while. Even if you have read the led grow light reviews and got a few of them for your indoor plants, these outdoor plants will be a reliable

Edward’s Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is called Edward’s to celebrate the contribution that our late father, Edward (Ted) Stewart, made to Stewarts and the gardening industry. Ted Stewart (left) standing in front of a Mosquito Bomber Edward (Ted) Stewarts flew Mosquito Bombers in Burma during WWII. He returned to England to find the family business on its

Mother’s Day

By Kayleigh Slapp Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as it is more traditionally known, is a celebration honouring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. In Britain the date of Mother’s Day is not fixed but it always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which in 2017 is on

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