Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5BQ  |  020 8300 0084
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm  |  Sunday 10am - 4pm

Events & Attractions

Dates for your diary

Our full programme of events for your diary

FREE Garden Expert Talk: The Art of Topiary by James Crebbin-Bailey

10 Feb 2015  (3pm - 4pm)

We are delighted to launch this year's FREE gardening talk programme with guest speaker James Crebbin-Bailey. 

James is recognised as a specialist in sculptural topiary, creating new and innovative shapes as well as classical designs and the restoration of topiary gardens.  His work and demonstrations have been featured in many exhibits, TV and books. 

James is also an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist, 2011, 2012.

Come along and enjoy this talk and demonstration and learn more about 'The Art of Topiary'.  

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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John Lawson's Fabulous February Half Term Circus!

16 Feb 2015 - 22 Feb 2015  (11am - 4pm)

A week of Fabulous Fun awaits this February Half Term with John Lawson's award-winning Circus!

We're one of the first destinations in John Lawson's Spring Tour so be prepared for new faces, new acts and new fun!

Performer details include:

From Spain The Duo Perez roller skaters,

Miss Jane Aerial Star and foot-juggling,

The incredible Mr Slinky,

Knife-throwing and rope-spinning with The Marshalls,

Miss Claire-Marie sword and dagger balancing

and crazy capers with Clown Nimmo!!

Tickets £5 each (under 2's FREE).

Each performance lasts 45 minutes with four shows daily.  

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Memories of a 1940's Garden Boy

24 Feb 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

We are delighted to welcome back Laurie Manser, who last year presented a talk for us on growing vegetables.  This year Laurie will take us on a journey through his time as a traditional 'Garden Boy' in the 1940's!

Come along and enjoy this friendly an informal talk by Laurie, a retired professional gardener.

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FREE Orchid Clinic

03 Mar 2015  (10am - 4pm )

Meet Peter White, 'The Orchid Master' and President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance UK and President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain.

Bring in your orchid for an MOT!  Free repotting when you buy a pot an Orchid Focus Repotting Mix.

An Orchid Clinic will also run from 10am-4pm (except between 1pm and 1.30pm and during talks).

Talks:
11am-11.40am and 2pm-2.40pm

Orchid Care Talk and Repotting Demonstration

How to look after your orchids

How to make them reflower

When and how to repot

Kindly sponsored by Growth Technology, The Nutrient Company

FREE Garden Expert Talk: Vegetable Self-Sufficiency for All Seasons

10 Mar 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Maike is a lifelong organic gardener with decades of experience in self-sufficiency who is even looking after an orchard that dates back to the early 1900's.

Maike's talk will compare historic and modern fruit and vegetables for their self-sufficiency and growing potential, so if you're looking to rejuvenate your allotment plot or begin your growing adventures, this talk is not to be missed!

Come along and enjoy this talk and presentation.

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Bexley in Bloom 2015 Open Morning

18 Mar 2015  (11am - 1pm)

Another event not to be missed!  Meet Jim Buttress, former Royal Gardener and presiding judge on BBC2 TV's The Big Allotment Challenge, as we officiallly declare Bexley in Bloom open for entries!

Anyone who is interested in entering Bexley in Bloom is welcome to join this coffee morning.

For further information or to download an entry form please click here

http://www.ruxley-manor.co.uk/Bexley-In-Bloom.cfm

 

FREE Garden Expert Talk: Blooming Britain!

24 Mar 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

An aptly named talk to follow the launch of Bexley in Bloom!

A gardener, photographer and traveller all of his life, Colin worked for 35 years as a film editor and director at BBC TV.  A regular speaker on horticultural subjects, Colin's talk will take you on a virtual tour of the UK including the glorious Punch Bowl Garden at Windsor and beautiful White Garden at Sissinghurst.

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Seasonal Gardening Jobs

14 Apr 2015  (3pm - 4pm)

Discover exactly what you should be doing in the garden right now with Steve Bradley's talk on seasonal gardening jobs.

Now resident gardening expert for BBC Radio Kent, Steve is also gardening correspondent for a natioinal newspaper and has a wide range of horticultural experience including exhibiting at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Hardy Geraniums - History and Propagation

28 Apr 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Jacqueline is in her 24th year of running Rosie's Garden Plants and is joining us to talk about hardy geraniums - their history and propagation. 

Jacqueline is a lively and enthusiastic speaker, encouraging all things horticultural in an amusing style!  Not to be confused with pelargoniums, hardy geraniums are valuable garden plants which enjoy a long flowering period and will tolerate different types of soil.

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Gardening for Wildlife

05 May 2015  (3pm - 4pm)

Dr Lynn is a professional environmentalist, beekeeper and chairman of a gardening association, whose advice on gardening for wildlife is regularly sought. 

If you would like to create a wildlife-friendly garden, whether by incorporating habitats or simply choosing plants that are attractive to birds, bees and other pollinators, this talk and presentation is not to be missed!

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Summer's Potty Dazzlers!

19 May 2015  (3pm - 4pm)

Paul Harrison is a vastly experienced gardener, having run his own specialist horticultural agency for 10 years acting as consult to the Dutch Flower Bulb Industry. 

Paul's talk will include a practical demonstration planting summer themed containers - up to four different style planters will be used with a variety of plants taken from our own stock!

We hope you'll be inspired to create your own 'Potty Dazzler' afterwards!

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Plant & Garden Photography

02 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Michael is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers' Association and the official NGS garden photographer for Hertfordshire. 

Michael's photographs have a strong practical orientation but his garden features also reveal a pictorial approach that is sensitive to the atmosphere in the garden and flattering in terms of the balance of light in the scene.  He also has an enduring interest in British woodlands.

Michael's talk will include a presentation with examples of his photography and of course tips and advice on how to take the perfect picture!

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Say It With Poison!

16 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Russell returns this year with his most popular talk to date - Say it with Poison!  Awarded the Diploma in Garden History from London University in 2000, Russell is a keen practical gardener and passionate public speaker.

Down in the garden, something deadly lurks.  Several people who stood between the gardener and a large inheritance have died horribly.  Could it be that they have all been poisoned with the plants and flowers that grow there?  Many have been used throughout history as part of the murderer's stock-in-trade, both in fiction and real life, so should you be on your guard against "herbaceous murder" as the gardener welcomes you in for what might be your very last garden tour?  Make sure your life insurance is up to date against murder most floral - it's time to Say It With Poison...

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Growing for the Flower Arranger

30 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Maike Windhourst returns for a second talk this spring.  This talk will appeal to anyone who dreams of growing their own cut flower garden, and how it really is possible to grow a continual supply for floral arrangements all year round. 

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Arts & Crafts Movement and its Gardens

07 Jul 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, profound and far-reaching design movements of modern times. 

This was a movement unlike any that had gone before.  Its pioneering spirit of reform, and the value it placed on the quality of materials and design, as well as life, shaped the world we live in today. 

An experienced lecturer in garden history, Stephen promises to provide a thoroughly enjoyable insight in the Arts & Crafts influence on gardens of the time.

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Seasonal Edible Flowers

14 Jul 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

A mouthwatering talk from Italian Chef Claudio!  An expert in wild food, we hope Claudio will be able to provide a cookery lesson using local weeds (really!) as part of his hour-long presentation (weather dependent as use of a BBQ will be required).

Claudio is also a Certified Organic producer of edible herbs whilst also being a mature full-time student at Writtle College!

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