28 May 2015 By Sam Duke
If you’re a fan of all things organic and enjoy good old, uncomplicated British food then you may have already heard of The PIG restaurants. Self-dubbed as the ‘restaurant with rooms’ they have four venues across southern England and supply food from their very own kitchen garden. We are hosting an exclusive event with The Pig in the forest on the 5th June, offering a behind the scenes tour around their kitchen garden; for more details, click here.
If you were at Chelsea Flower Show this year, you may have noticed that the Lupin made a comeback to rival that of Dan Pearson himself. The stunning Lupin was found peppered across the show, ranging from towering yellow ones to multi-coloured displays dedicated to the plant. We were right on trend at the Alitex stand and our ‘Masterpiece’ version was a huge hit, with keen gardeners going loopy for our Lupins at the famous plant sale.
Some shocking statistics came out recently, stating that our British hedgehogs are on the way to extinction and could be all gone in ten years. Since the 1950’s, their decline has hit 97% due to an increase in road traffic and modern gardens, blocking their paths. They’re not just a pretty face, they are valuable pest controllers for the garden, eating slugs and snails, so let’s all join the campaign to save our beloved hedgehogs; click here to find out more.
The ‘Best in Show Garden’ at RHS Chelsea was quoted as being “pretty much flawless” by judges and flawless it was. After an 11 year break from the show, Dan Pearson's return was a triumph and his interpretation of a wild corner in Chatsworth estate was stunning. It featured waterfalls, gritstone, boulders and a trout stream. The great thing about the garden, is that it will live on at Chatsworth House throughout the summer.
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