Gardeners encouraged to go wild in there Gardens
16th April 2013
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Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Taunton is giving away the seeds on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) National Gardening Week.

Norma Moore, General Manager of the Somerset Business Award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, said: “We have organised the giveaway to tie in with the RHS’s National Gardening Week, which is taking place from now (April 15) until April 21. “One of the main aims of the week is to encourage more people to plant wildflower meadows either mini versions in plant pots or by transforming large areas of their gardens. “A benefit of planting wildflowers is that they can be grown in areas where it is difficult to cultivate other varieties, such as places where the soil isn’t very fertile. This is because they have had to adapt to survive in poorer conditions.” Wildflowers also help to maintain a healthy eco-system by attracting beneficial insects to gardens.

Norma added: “By planting wildflowers in their gardens people will attract insects such as bees and butterflies. In turn the insects will help to attract more birds to the garden, which naturally control pests. “To collect their free packet of wildflower seeds visitors will need to go to the reception desk and say ‘I am going wild’. The seeds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, while stocks last.” The wildflower seed giveaway takes place at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Taunton on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 during normal opening hours.

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