8 October 2021

Keen gardeners are in for a treat this autumn as Furzey Gardens is once again hosting its popular end of year plant sale.

The charity-run garden in Minstead is offering 20% off all plants including quality perennials and shrubs, from Friday 8 to Sunday 31 October.

Furzey Gardens is maintained by people with learning disabilities, who are supported to learn skills that help them to live happier and healthier lives. It is a social enterprise of local charity Minstead Trust.

The plants have been nurtured by the learning disability team in the nursery at Furzey, who learn skills that will help them towards greater independence. From gathering seed, to pricking out to potting on and watering, the team are involved in every stage of raising the plants on sale.

Visitors to the plant sales can also enjoy a light snack, cake or hot drink at the thatched tea rooms, which also provide training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Those visiting the plant sales only do not need to book a ticket to the gardens.

Henry, one of the people supported to work in the nursery, said: ‘I like helping with plant sales, doing things like dead-heading to make new flowers grow. I enjoy weeding because it makes the plants look nice and smart for people to buy.’

Sue Edser, Plant Nursery Instructor, said: ‘We love this time of year. It’s perfect to give new shrubs the best chance possible to become established over the winter before flourishing in the spring. We have Weigela, Buxus, Pittosporum and many more, just waiting for you.

‘The people we support in the nursery have been hard at work preparing plants for you to enjoy in your own garden.

‘We love the circular nature of our work: we produce quality plants for you to enjoy at home, which in turn helps us achieve a great sense of happiness.’

Furzey Gardens is open seven days a week, 10am – 4pm. Find out more and book tickets for the gardens at www.furzey-gardens.org

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