Latest News from the Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS has decided to cancel In Bloom 2020

Further details will be announced shortly.






Why not get into the In Bloom mood with a family workshop this w/end?

The Prettiest Flower – family art workshop
with Anna ShuttlewoodSuitable for ages 4 - 7 and their grown ups
  7 March 2020  Salisbury Art Centre £7 per ticket



THE PRETTIEST FLOWER FAMILY ART WORKSHOP


Join children’s book illustrator Anna Shuttlewood in this fun workshop to create a ‘living’ garden of beautiful flowers and playful butterflies inspired by her book The Prettiest Flower. Learn about the process of ‘growing’ ideas and making picture books.

Discuss the importance of plants and wildlife, their preservation and our part in the environment.  Make your own unique flower or butterfly mask and bring together a colourful ‘living’ garden.

About Anna Shuttlewood 
Anna Shuttlewood has been writing and illustrating children’s books in the last 6 years as well as producing paintings and drawings on variety of subjects for local exhibitions. Trained in the classical styles of Art (BA in Mural Painting & Fine Art) she has a strong fondness for the more traditional painting techniques.

Often her main characters are animals, which she has an enduring love for since her childhood. Her animals are friendly and naïve, they often live in a human-like environment and have human-like thoughts and dreams.



DOWNTON IN BLOOM - JANUARY UPDATE


The Topiary Cuckoo is ordered and will be sited opposite the Memorial Hall

Discounted prices for hanging baskets in the Borough have been secured.

The Parish Council is sponsoring new tubs and planters for the Greens

Plans to tidy up the whole village will be pubpshed shortly

In Bloom front garden competitions are being prepared

The likely judging date is early July


Latest News from the Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS theme for 2020 is “Grow Social”

The RHS is calling on all groups to Grow Together  in 2020. They hope that new connections will be made in communities - with planting reaching beyond ‘the garden gate’ to bring people together.

 

That’s why we want to hear your own innovative ideas. And, if you’ve worked to bring different parts of the community together through gardening, or reached out to those that might otherwise feel cut-off, please tell us.




DOWNTON IN BLOOM 2020 - PROGRESS SO FAR




  • Launched by the Downton Society
  • Approved at a public meeting
  • Registered with (RHS) South West in Bloom 2020
  • Endorsed by the Parish Council
  • Supported by The Horticultural Society, Green Group, Moot & Millennium Green
  • Schools being engaged and businesses approached
  • Over 100 supporters so far – many coming up with new ideas


  • FOCUS FOR JUDGES


  • The Borough and Memorial Gardens
  • The Moot
  • The Millennium Green
  • Others may be added


  • PROJECTS ALREADY PROPOSED


  • Hanging Baskets
  • Giant Cuckoo Topiary
  • Front garden competitions
  • Willow Arches at Millennium Green
  • School children - planting up old boots
  • Improving unsightly patches and tidying verges
  • Environmentally- friendly planting in Memorial Gardens
  • Floral displays with historical themes such as railways, tanning, willow baskets, fishing


  • VISIT DOWNTON IN BLOOM FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES
    And watch out for “In Bloom” stalls at village events

    Give us your comments and send ideas on e mail to: downtoninbloom@gmail.com


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