Getting inspired for a new sculpture garden exhibition called Nature Creative, which will take place on Sat & Sun 15th + 16th August 2020 at @ Enchanted Gardens in Whitstable, Kent. Please get in touch if you know any local artists, or crafts people who want to get involved and exhibit their work.
A wonderful place to stay if you want to visit Enchanted Gardens and our pollinator-friendly plant nursery next year! As of 2020, 180 acres of #ellendenfarm will be allocated to conservation and all of their fields are now put down to traditional English meadows. They don't use pesticides or chemicals on the land and have joined forces with Natural England and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust teams to bring back as much fauna and flora as possible. So when you stay at their campsite you will be staying in a conservation meadow full of wildflowers! They also have over 200 acres of ancient woodland full of ponds, birds and beautiful wildlife, where you can soak up nature, breathe slowly to alleviate the stress of life, stop and smell the flowers. 🙂
The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect. If confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice.
Finally a bit of clear sky and glorious sunshine on a frosty November morning at Enchanted Gardens. The plants are all tucked away, sleeping over the winter month, but some brave ones are still up: a few roses, Rudbekias and the pretty Sidalcea Party Girl! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Word got out about our spectacular bug hotel and it might be, that perhaps some similar ones will now be made for the Kent & Canterbury hospital and the William Harvey hospital in Ashford? Their passionate environment and wildlife garden designers have approached our inhouse artist Ric Horner and between them, they are currently discussing potential options. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/2019/03/12/pollinator-habitats... See MoreSee Less
HOW, WHERE AND WHEN TO PLANT A NEW TREE. The attached guide sets out the main points that you will need to consider. It gives tips on choosing a planting site and selecting the appropriate species and size of stock, planting techniques and methods of tree protection.
Be a #TreeChampion this #NationalTreeWeek! Whether your passion is about getting your hands dirty planting trees, working with your local community, or simply being the eyes, ears and voice for the trees down your street, then you may have what it takes to be a volunteer Tree Warden. For more info go to: firstname.lastname@example.org... See MoreSee Less
Today's busy lives can have a significant impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a while, why not have a go at forest bathing? Despite the name you won’t need to pack your swimsuit: it simply means the practice of slowing down and immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/awe-inspiring-woodlands#mindfulness... See MoreSee Less
The best solution when you find a butterfly at this time in the year is to rehouse it into a suitable location. Catch the butterfly carefully and place it into a cardboard box or similar, in a cool place for half an hour or so to see if it will calm down. Once calmed down you might be able to gently encourage the sleepy butterfly out onto the wall or ceiling of an unheated room or building such as a shed, porch, garage or outhouse. Just remember that the butterfly will need to be able to escape when it awakens in early spring. ... See MoreSee Less
If you find a butterfly in your house or home the best solution is to rehouse the butterfly into a suitable location. Catch the butterfly carefully and place it into a cardboard box or similar, in a c...
"Among the significant reasons for honey bee decays are natural surroundings misfortune and fracture, expanding the utilization of bug sprays, and illnesses. To be specific, 70% of our nourishment supply depends on honey bees, and the fertilization they make permits the proliferation of plants, which are thus, nourishment for many creatures. Around 250,000 types of flower plants rely upon honey bees for fertilization, any of which are crucial for world horticulture. Honey bees increment the yields of around 90 crops, including apples, blueberries, and cucumbers by up to 30%, so in a world without honey bees, numerous leafy foods would turn out to be rare and restrictively costly. Besides, various medications, both ordinary and elective cures, originate from flower plants. Cotton is another fundamental item pollinated by the honey bee. .." ... See MoreSee Less
A lovely #wildflowerseedmix: all collected from the organic, pollinator-friendly plants here at Enchanted Gardens. We currently got about 25 different seed varieties in stock and will mix and match according to what we’ve got available.
Get some FREE Scrophularia Sambucifolia seeds with each order! This amazing European wild plant is an absolute bee-magnet and a must for every wildflower garden. It is also called Elder-leaved Figwort and extremely easy to grow in this region.
Narcissi are The Art & Soul of Spring. We are proud to present the #native, #natural #British #variety here at Enchanted Gardens, which is called Narcissus Pseudo Obvallaris, or the Tenby #WildDaffodil: a prized early-blooming naturalizer and golden-yellow gem with a large, flared trumpet and shorter petals. They are much smaller than the giant headed hybrids we have grown used to, reaching only a height of 30cm. We've got 200 in stock and created two different offers. Either 10 for £ 3, or 20 for £ 6. Both are online deals that will include an additional £ 2.50 postage fee. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/10-for-3-native-british-wild-daffodils-narcissus-pseudo-ob...
Narcissi are The Art & Soul of Spring. This one is also known as the Tenby Daffodil - a prized early-blooming naturalizer is a golden-yellow gem with a large, flared trumpet and shorter petals. It's t...
Garden ponds provide much pleasure and enjoyment for us, and provide a home for our freshwater wildlife Are you thinking of making a garden pond for wildlife? Take a look at our booklet, Creating Ga...
#ChrisPackham: Plant A Tree To Save The World " on #channel5_tv – Thursday 28th November at 8pm. Make your pledge then. #PlantATreeI’m excited to be presenting " Chris Packham : Plant A Tree To Save The World " on @channel5_tv – Join us on Thursday 28th November at 8pm and make your pledge to #PlantATree ... See MoreSee Less
In the UK, people's gardens and backyards make up 430,000 hectares of land - a much greater area than what is protected by national parks. Here are a number of things that YOU as a gardener can do to help our bug populations recover:
* Mow your lawn less frequently and allow parts of it to flower. View weeds such as dandelions - which are great for bees - as wildflowers and let them grow.
* Grow plants that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, such as lavender, catmint and buddleia.
* Make a bug hotel or provide a log or brush pile. These attract humble insects and invertebrates like woodlice, which recycle nutrients and act as food for birds and small mammals.
* Dig a pond and watch as it attracts dragonflies, pond skaters and whirligig beetles. * Urge local authorities to plant native trees that flower on streets and parks and plant wildflowers in road medians.
* Avoid using pesticides and encourage authorities to do the same.
Professor Michael Reiss from the Institute of Education, UCL, said: “Each generation seems to have less contact with the outdoors than the preceding one. We owe it to all young people to reverse this trend – for their sakes, for our sakes and for nature’s sake.” The national @WildlifeTrust has now started to organise outdoor activities that involves children learning about nature, such as identifying plants and trees, reflecting on their important role in human lives and considering the needs of wildlife habitats. As a result, the Wildlife Trusts are calling on the Government to ensure that at least one hour per school day is spent outdoors learning and playing in wild places. Altogether Extraordinary
In March of 2015, France took a big step toward lessening environmental impact and shifting everyday consciousness by putting a law into effect that required all rooftops on commercial buildings to be...
Can you imagine the arguments we would have in the UK if we asked designers and developers to do this here? Our laws are not made with our environmental needs and necessity being met. We are told that we have to have more houses and that as much land as possible must be built on because people need houses. But the cost to our environment is too great, we do not seem to understand that we are constantly changing the way land drains... leading to flooding, and the gardens and surrounding areas are planted in the worst possible way - using plants like phormium which may look contemporary but meet NO needs for uk insects and wildlife. Our councils and authorities have departments which meet all of the UK environmental laws and the list of trees, shrubs and plants is dreadful, with no regards as to suitability to the local area/county and health of the local environment. Too many times have I seen sites being "sighed off" only for all the young Hawthorn being removed a few weeks later to be replaced by Eucalyptus and Conifer. We should take this opportunity to do much better and rooftops with solar panels or planting should be actively encouraged - not by making it another lucrative part of developing housing - they should be legally obliged to pay for this with no cost to the county or public purse, this would mean that innovative ideas would suddenly be very forthcoming...
Hello Bex & Peter, So kind to let me see our efforts in bloom still! makes me really happy that the Sunken Gardens are Showing that we can all feed the pollinators right up to the time that they disappear til next year. In my heart I know that I did a good job feeding them - if they have enough quality nectar they will hibernate healthy and emerge healthy and rearing to get rearing the next generation.... We must ensure that they wake up to the right food whenever spring decides to arrive. I really worry that once emerged they could starve if people dont realise their life cycle cant just be worked on in the sunny months...I have SOOO many shrill carders here now I am keeping my fingers crossed that the queens hibernate successfully and return to me next season - I have left all the lamium, deadnettle and red nettle for them. It has been a complete dream to work with you both this year and I really look forward to next year being even better! Donna Enchanted xx
AND lets face it ladies it takes a woman who can reflect and understand with sensibility and grace to do this... Indian cotton farmers are in a very difficult position of price wars, cheap production and more than likely very low wages and standard of living. And yet these farmers are willing to sacrifice the financial decisions based on what is ethically correct respecting nature and Gaia. They are to be applauded!
#ChristmasGiftVouchers I am proud to present our brand-new Gift Vouchers - perfect for anyone who is looking for a unique Christmas gift for a keen gardener friend, or family member. One voucher is for plant sales and one for a 1 hour guided tour and personal consultation with Donna. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product-category/gift-vouchers
Love these! I am going to start collecting for our gardens here! Please bring them in!!Chipped teapot...don’t landfill it...donate to a bird 😀❤️.... It even has its own drainage system... ... See MoreSee Less
We've had a really good, productive meeting yesterday with Claire from Kent Demelza Hospice Care For Children and it was decided that we should be part of their Open Garden scheme from next year onward!
Disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health. But there was no name for this particular malaise until Australian sustainability professor Glenn Albrecht coined the term #psychoterratic, creating the beginning of a vocabulary to discuss the relationship between mental health and environment. #forestbathing#ecoagnosy#solastalgia... See MoreSee Less
Mushroom-foam is as cheap as Styrofoam, requires no fossil fuel, and creates no plastic pollution, biodegrading in your garden in just a couple of weeks Ikea is switching to a new mushroom-based, biod...