Holly Farm – a family run garden centre on the A49 at Prees, Whitchurch
I absolutely love strolling around a garden centre, finding the flowers I can name and trying to learn new ones. My favourites this year are salvias – there are so many different ones – purples, pinks, reds, whites, blues, and yellows – all the colours of the rainbow – and the bees love them.
Another favourite with bees – and butterflies – are Buddleja – they can be a bit rampant and take over but Holly Farm sell dwarf buddleja which are perfect for attracting butterflies whilst being neat and compact. I can spend hours in the summer just watching the butterflies fluttering from flower to flower, opening and closing their wings and basking in the sunshine.
Plants radiate tranquillity, a conservatory full of flowers is a wonderful place to meditate – and even a vase of flowers in a room adds a touch of calm. Browsing a garden centre overflowing with flowers and foliage is a good way to unwind – and you can take a little bit of that serenity back with you choosing a plant for your own garden.
You can lose yourself in the variety of colours and shapes of flowers, triumphs of nature, the startling saturated scarlet reds of impatiens, pink petunia trumpets, rainbows of begonias, bright brilliant blooms of dahlias, dancing ballerina fuchsias, blue fingers of agapanthus stretching skywards, the delicate foliage of acers, all vying for attention. Which to choose – decisions, decisions – sip a cup of tea in the Coffee Barn and deliberate for a while.
You might even decide to stay for lunch – relax and enjoy toasted sandwiches with locally cured Maynard’s ham complimented by tomatoes and cucumber grown in Holly Farm’s own garden.
Then you may even have some energy to pick some fruit to take home with you – strawberries, raspberries and blackberries – ripe for picking in August. Have a peep at the pumpkin patch which is coming along nicely ready for Halloween.
During the summer holidays Holly Farm have children’s workshops every Wednesday:
23rd August Flower Pot Painting – Customise your own plant pot
30th August Looking After Nature – Build a bee house and make a wild bird feeder
£5.00 per child, places must be pre-booked by phone, email or in the shop.
Holly Farm is a friendly, family run Garden Centre and Nursery offering helpful advice; the majority of plants are grown right here in North Shropshire in the nursery, staffed with local people – a traditional family business.
Open 9.00am – 5.30 pm Monday – Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday
Holly Farm Garden Centre is on the A49 at Prees, Whitchurch, SY13 2DD
www.hollyfarmgardencentre.co.uk Tel: 01948 840630olly FarmGarden Centre
Published in the August edition of the Whitchurch Gossip