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I haven't sent out a newsletter since May, eek, and thought I'd better send one to let you know that we are OPEN! The government has included us in their list of essential shops... so here we are.

We all knew, pre-Covid, that gardening is good for our mental health, and from speaking to lots of you over the summer, I've gathered that your outdoor spaces, and local parks have been absolutely crucial in keeping you healthy and positive. I hope you can continue to enjoy your gardens over the coming months, despite the cooler weather, and if you need any planting or pruning advice, you know where we are.

A reminder of our guidelines:
Sanitise your hands at the gate
Follow our one-way system where possible
If you are shopping with children do not allow them to touch or pick things up
Payment is by card only
If you have symptoms, stay at home


Our Christmas trees will arrive at the end of this month, in time for the weekend of 28th/29th November. A creature of habit, I buy the same trees every year: non drop, premium quality Nordmann and Fraser Firs, in a range of heights. If you fancy a monster tree - over 8ft tall - please email me for prices. We can't reserve trees for you, but you can choose and pay, and we can hold them for up to 2 weeks.

I have 'curated' a small collection of ethically made tree decorations - wood, felt, glass - all made in the UK or under Fairtrade conditions, and UK-made gifts, including notebooks, flower presses, wooden cards, macrame plant hangers, scented candles and seed packs. Our pot shop is ever expanding, and we've just received some beautiful hand made creations from a Salisbury based potter. I'm expecting deliveries from Germany and Italy next week. Pots are BIG at the moment, and I reckon they make excellent gifts.

The bulbs have been topped up again, mostly with tulips, but a few others too, if you still haven't got around to it. Note-to-yourself for next year: most bulbs are best planted in September, and that's when we have most choice. If you've never planted bulbs before, it is the most wondrous act - a leap of faith, but with magical consequences next spring (but don't sue me if the slugs eat everything).

This is a great time to plant trees, and we have some very cute dwarf fruit trees and some interesting ornamentals. Our evergreen shrubs are looking mint, and now is a great time to plant those too. If you need peat free compost, manure or Strulch, we have them all in stock.

BAD NEWS: There will be no Winter Warmer this year. It'll be the first time we haven't held a Christmas event since we opened in 2011, and I'm gutted. I enjoy our Winter Warmer, and am happy to admit that it's good for business, but it's a real shame that we won't be able to raise money for our chosen charity, whilst celebrating the end of the year (and stuffing our faces with mince pies). I've been having a think about what we can do instead, and have decided to donate £500 to Manchester City Mission (the amount we raised last year), via JustGiving, with a view to customers pledging money too: Buddists, it would be great if you could match fund my £500 so that we can raise £1,000 for this brilliant Manchester charity. I reckon the folks at MCM will be working flat out this year trying to help the increasing numbers of families in need. I'll be in touch soon with more detail.

OPENING HOURS: Please note the small change in our opening times: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm. In December, we will also be open on Tuesdays.

See you soon,


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Bud Garden Centre · Omer Drive · Burnage · Manchester, Greater Manchester M19 2JN · United Kingdom

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