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                 NOTES FROM THE GARDEN
 Matt Biggs is back with gardening ideas for your family and friends this Christmas. Matt is on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Times’ expert panel. He is also known for having presented a number of television programmes, writing several books and undertaken lectures and talks.
To find out more about Matt please visit his new website
Winter is here and whilst a spot of energetic gardening is just the thing to warm us
up, we also need to do a bit of Christmas shopping for our gardening chums too,
so here are a few ideas. Membership of the RHS is just an amazing gift and one that lasts all year - not only will you be supporting an institution at the heart of British horticulture, the lucky recipient will have a copy of The Garden magazine landing on their doorstep every month, exclusive members’ days discounts on public days at their world famous shows,
access to advice from experts and even the opportunity to order seeds harvested in RHS gardens to grow in your own and lots more too.
For children, packets of seeds make great stocking fillers and even marking out a spot in your garden that will become their very own patch is a great idea. For families, how about paying the cost of an allotment for
a year (make sure that they are up for the extra time and work involved beforehand!)
If you have an elderly relative who loves their garden but finds working in it
tough, you can employ the services of
a professional to help them out - either
a one-off blitz and tidy or as a regular
slot throughout the year. For people who are housebound, how about buying an ornamental tree or shrub that they can see from their window - and a gardener to plant it, or a beautiful bird feeder so that they
have something different to see and enjoy every day and, of course, taking a garden lover to visit a wonderful local garden is a huge treat in itself.
Courses at local colleges are also a
terrific gift, from one day pruning courses to a more in depth and longer series of workshops and these are also great for people newly retired who have time to spend but perhaps have never had the opportunity to learn certain skills. Whoever you are buying for there is a thoughtful present out there waiting to be bought and that’s not even mentioning great books, tools and the myriad of other options, so that is the shopping done, now back to the digging!
“Gardening is a way of life, a passion which gives us a connection with the earth that sustains us.”
Matt Biggs
  01243 787721
          Units 1-2 Ben Turner Ind Estate, Oving Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 7ET
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