Patriotic planting

Imogen Hansen, Garden Centre Assistant, helping get ready for the garden centre's Plug Plant Weekend
Imogen Hansen, Garden Centre Assistant, helping get ready for the garden centre's Plug Plant Weekend

JUBILEE celebrations are taking root at Morpeth’s garden centre, with pretty planting plans top of the list.

Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre is holding a Plug Plant Weekend to help customers make colourful, patriotic displays for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

The weekend will showcase young plants grown in Britain and include planting tips, displays of different varieties of bedding plants and free demonstrations and workshops on planting up baskets, borders and tubs.

Children can enter a free quiz to receive a sticker and plug plant of their own.

Garden centre General Manager Roger Wale said: “There has been a recent resurgence of interest in bedding and plug plants, which were exceptionally popular for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in the 1970s.

“People are looking to create traditional planting schemes using patriotic colours to mark the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

“Those who attend our free weekend will be able to receive advice on what bedding and plug plants to grow and how they can bring colour to their gardens in time for the Jubilee celebrations.

“Our plug plants, which are small bedding plants ideal for beds, containers and hanging baskets, have all been grown in Britain and represent the best of British.

“During the weekend, staff will be on hand to give visitors complimentary ideas on spring gardening, as well as give advice on planting and colour schemes for all bedding plants.”

The event takes place at Heighley Gate, off the A697, on Saturday and Sunday during normal opening hours.