ginspiration 22/01/2021


As the warmer weather is fast approaching, we are dreaming of those long summer evenings out in the garden with an expertly made (or so we like to think) cocktail. We may not be able to head out to our favourite gin bars just yet, so lets bring the cocktails home. Gin’s popularity has been on the rise due to three main factors: the craft beer and spirits movement, its versatility, and its affordability. It’s used and loved worldwide by many (including us) and it’s easy to see why. Gin has been... Read More

kew 15/11/2016

Christmas Events For You & The Family

IT’S HERE! The long awaited John Lewis Christmas TV advert has spread across the nation and just like Buster the boxer on the trampoline, you’ll be jumping for joy when you see what festive events are heading your way. Event: Christmas at Kew 2016 Date: 23rd November – 2nd January (specific dates within this timescale) Location: Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB Kew Gardens is offering a one of a kind Christmas experience for all the family. “A botanical wonderland awaits, with brightly coloured laser beams dancing over water, a Tunnel... Read More

Gardening events for you and the kids this month 01/08/2016

Gardening events for you and the kids this month

It’s the summer holidays and the kids are off school. Now we are faced with the challenge and the never ending question of “what should we do with the kids this summer?” Well here at Best4hedges, we have included our favorite of the many gardening events spread across the UK which are perfect for you and your kids to enjoy. 16th Jul – 21st Aug: The Rocket Science Exhibition is full of photographs and panels from Exeter University together with those from the RHS Rocket Science exhibition at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show... Read More

Gardeners’ World Live 07/07/2016

Gardeners’ World Live

Usually, early starts don’t agree with me at all, I’m not what you’d call a morning person, but waking up at 5am was no challenge at all as today was my first time visiting BBC Gardeners’ Wold Live! 6am and it’s coffee to the rescue as I await my train to arrive to take me The NEC, Birmingham. The train stops, I grab my bag and camera, make my way to the entrance of this enormous venue and finally, after the two and a half hour train journey, I’m inside.... Read More

National Gardening Week 18/04/2016

National Gardening Week

Last week was National Gardening Week and it sent us all into a gardening frenzy. Started in 2011 by the Royal Horticultural Society, National Gardening Week is a week long celebration of gardening that shows the nations green side. Whether it’s getting together at your local communal garden, family fun at many of the events put on across the UK, or individual jobs that can no longer be put to the back of the mind, National Gardening Week has something for everyone. I spent most of my week appreciating my... Read More

Halloween Family Fright Nights 01/10/2015

Our top gardening events for October 2015

As we enter autumn, what better way to celebrate the arrival of this season’s fantastic colours, foods and flavours than with a day out at one of these top gardening events… Event: A friend, a book and a garden: the Garden Museum Literary Festival Date: 3rd & 4th October Location: Hatfield House, Hatfield Park, AL9 5NQ This year, the festival will see the appearance of a variety of celebrated gardeners including Alan Ticthmarsh, Dan Pearson and Alys Fowler on hand to give advice and inspiration. The weekend will also involve... Read More

Grey seals 26/09/2015

Best nature reserves for autumn days out

Autumn is an ideal time of year to get out and enjoy nature. Discover sights and sounds unique to the season of mists and mellow fruits, before the cold weather sets in and winter presents its own wonderland. Here are our picks of the best nature reserves to spot your favourite furry friends and wild animals at their best: For grey seals….head to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire. The coastal reserve sees around 1,500 seals head to the sandy dunes to give birth in late autumn. The viewing platform, open from... Read More

Gareth and Percy at the RSPB Ribble Discovery centre 17/09/2015

A day out at Ribble Discovery Centre

Earlier this week, Percy and I spent the day exploring the Ribble Discovery Centre in the hope of finding birds, butterflies and other wildife. To say we spotted a few different species would be an understatement; Fairhaven Lake was like a busy bird intersection with swans, ducks and ducklings all enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the calm blue lake they call home. Although we didn’t manage to catch one of the monthly guided walks to help rookie birdwatchers like me, we still had a great time discovering... Read More

shutterstock 14/08/2015

Our pick of the best wildlife trails and interactive events at public parks and gardens

There’s never a better time to get the kids exploring the outdoors than over the summer months. If they are wild about wildlife or don’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty there are plenty of events taking place at public parks and gardens across the country. From survival challenges to discovering wildlife, here are just a few ways of keeping the kids busy this summer.  Butterfly walks Every afternoon in August, Bookham Commons in Surrey is inviting families to explore the woodlands in the hope of spotting the rare... Read More

sustainable gardening 30/07/2015

Top trends at Tatton Park 2015

Following last week’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, we’ve put together a collection of all the top gardening trends to help you find inspiration to give your outdoor space that show garden feel: Plants for pollinators Bold borders and bright perennials stole the show and there were plenty of pollinators and other insects enjoying the bee-friendly displays. Topiary Standards, spirals and symmetrical shapes added architecture and height to a number of the show gardens and exhibitor stands. Instant hedging Used as a backdrop to the show gardens and exhibitor... Read More