If you're out and about this week, you might see some odd things happening at the UK's top garden centres. It's all in aid of Garden Re-Leaf Day when the gardening industry celebrates the start of the season with fun, fundraising projects to raise money for the Greenfingers charity who build much needed gardens at children's hospices.
The amazing Red Barrows will be swooping on community gardens in Kent and giving them mini-makeovers. Residents of Chester may well be surprised by Grosvenorman and his team of Guerrilla gardeners while those visiting Ayletts Garden Centre in St Albans will discover a Mad Hatters day.
Top TV gardeners, including Alan Titchmarsh and Christine Walkden, have joined forces for a special Celebrity Gardening Quiz and you can win a visit from Channel 5's David Domoney at Scotsdales Garden Centre in Cambridge. See www.gardenreleaf.co.uk for more details.
I'm delighted that QVC are taking part too. We've two special Garden Re-Leaf shows this Friday (16th March) at 3pm and 11pm, as well as a preview in The Morning Show at 9pm. For every product or collection of plants that you buy, £1 will be given to Greenfingers.
We've selected some fabulous plants for the day including one of my all time favourite lilies- the incredibly beautiful, scented , easy grow Regal lilies (pictured). It looks breathtaking in pots and in borders. It's so good that I grow it everywhere that I've gardened! And just between ourselves, the lilies are fantastic value for money when they go on air in the 11pm show!
Please join me for these special shows and let's raise as much as we can for children's hospice gardens.