archive of events & news at Avon Mill 2011
garden centre events
Our garden events offer an informal opportunity to focus on particular aspects of gardening. We have a display with a selection of plants and garden accessories, with books for you to browse and leaflets to take away. Our staff are always on hand for information and advice. If there are any other special features to the event, such as a speaker or demonstration, this is mentioned in the event summary below.
water plants & gardens
Sat 28th May - Sun 5th June
Discover more about water plants and creating a water or bog garden, whilst at the same time making a new wildlife habitat! Find out which plants work best and where and how to avoid invasive plants. Browse our selection of moisture loving and aquatic plants.
cottage gardening with herbaceous plants
Sat 25 June - Sun 3 July
The soft, rural Devon landscape lends itself to traditional English cottage gardening, so come and choose from our selection of cottage garden plants. Roses, hollyhocks, delphiniums, foxgloves, daisies, are well known cottage plants but there is a host of other herbaceous plants that create colour, height, form, texture and that sense of lushness found in a typical cottage garden. Whether you live in the countryside, by the sea or have a town plot, come and be inspired. Cottage gardens usually provide lots to interest beneficial wildlife and pollinators too, such as bees and butterflies.
coastal & rural gardening
Sat 30 July - Sun 7 August
Get inspired to create a garden with a coastal theme, we specialise in plants suitable for the South Hams coast. But you can create a garden with a seaside or coastal theme wherever your garden is! Coastal plants and landscapes work well with contemporary styling too. And on:
Tuesday 2nd August, 11am
Jo Stopher, local landscape designer, talks on
coastal and rural gardening in the South Hams - free event
In our new function room, above the Cafe, Jo will inspire you with her plant knowledge and enthusiasm. Jo lives locally and has created many stunning gardens in the South Hams. After her talk, she will be around for you to talk to.
Bring the children, we have a colouring table to keep them amused!
Why not stay for a glass of white wine and a seafood lunch in our Cafe, where fresh locally caught crab will be on the menu for South Devon Crab Festival week.
gardening with conifers
Sat 10 - Sun 18 September
Conifers come in all shapes and sizes, and shades of green and gold, and provide year round interest and form in a garden. They can be grown as specimen plants, mixed with border plants and of course make wonderful hedges as well as windbreaks in coastal areas. Come and see which conifers will work best in your garden, how to care form them, and their preferred soil conditions. Ask for our leaflet on growing and selecting conifers.
Grow and display your own pine cone collection!
A taste of the lands down under....antipodean wine tasting
6.30pm Thursday 22 September 2011 Tickets £10pp, book at the Deli
Come and celebrate the opening of our new 'First Floor at Avon Mill' with a tasting of vibrant red and white wines, hosted by Negociants, specialists in wines from Australia and New Zealand. The flavours will carry through in our divine canapes, prepared by Deli Manager Sarah Pope. It's a fine way to while away a few autumn evening hours. Bring your Sheila!
book signing & food tasting
with Jane Baxter, of Riverford Field Kitchen, 11am Monday 4 July 2011
Jane will be here to sign her latest cook book 'Everyday & Sunday recipes from Riverford Farm', the follow up to the 'Riverford Farm Cook Book', available from the Deli at £18.99.
'Everyday & Sunday' describes what vegetables are in s eason and the best ways to use them, with recipes for quick, everyday meals together with suggestions for more celebratory dishes and indulgent Sunday roasts. From a fresh salad of braised little gem lettuces and mint in June to swiss chard, squash and blue cheese torte in October, Jane's simple and tasty dishes will inspire you.
Jane, together with our Deli Manager, Sarah Pope, will also be cooking up some food for you to taste on our wonderful new range of Weber barbeques. So do come along and enjoy, and may be stay for lunch! PS don't forget our Deli stocks lots of the essential ingredients to cook Jane's recipes back home and you can buy seeds and plants from our Garden Centre to crop your own vegetables at home too.
autumn festival at Avon Mill
8 & 9 October 2011 10-4pm daily
Our celebration of all things autumnal.... apple identification, apple pressing, pumpkins, toffee apples, cider, food and drink tastings, jams, chutneys, honey, hearty soups, harvest lunches, home made cakes, spring bulbs, autumn bedding, crafts, story telling, firelighting bushcraft and story telling with Wildwise, morris dancing, steam engines, vintage train rides and more.
What's on & when (all the above activities are on both days unless listed below)