News and announcements from Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester


Archive for September, 2010

Grosvenor Marks National Conifer Week with Donation to Claire House

To coincide with the sixth annual National Conifer Week (2nd – 10th October) Grosvenor, located on Wrexham Road, Belgrave, has donated six Conifers to Claire House Children’s Hospice, the garden centre’s adopted charity for 2010 to provide added interest in the landscaped gardens at the Hospice in Bebington.

To acknowledge the resurgence in popularity of this versatile evergreen plant group, Grosvenor will feature Conifers as its Plant of the Month throughout October. By illustrating the versatility of these striking yet maintenance-free plants - perfect for creating a focal point in any garden - Grosvenor aims to raise awareness that Conifers are equally as elegant grown in pots or as a dramatic stand-alone feature. And, with the winter months fast approaching, many varieties of conifers change colour, providing year-round interest.

With inspirational displays at Grosvenor including their own specially designed Conifer Garden at the front of the Centre during October featuring distinctive varieties including Cryptomaria, perfect for creating a colourful backdrop to any garden and Juniper for flat growing ground cover to keep weeds down, there will also be special offers to encourage visitors to try Conifers in their gardens.

“Simple yet effective sums up Conifers perfectly and for any visitor looking for an easy to care for plant, we would definitely recommend a Conifer.  It is with no surprise then that it has been chosen as the National Plant of the Month,” said Iain Wylie, managing director.

“We were delighted to receive the Conifers from Grosvenor as part of their ongoing support of our work here at Claire House this year,” commented Laura Breen, Area Fundraiser, Claire House.

“They look very eye-catching in their chosen location and as they are also low maintenance, they provide the children with an improved outlook in the already delightful gardens and should continue to look amazing for years to come,” Laura concluded.

“Here at Grosvenor we are committed to helping visitors to the garden centre to make their gardens grow and have the confidence to plant more plants, shrubs and trees to improve the quality of the air we breathe and create more green space for everyone to enjoy. By donating Conifers to Claire House, we hope to continue to show our support of this worthwhile cause,” concluded Iain.

Enjoy the Best of British at Grosvenor

Grosvenor will be celebrating British Food Fortnight with a special menu offering a selection of the most popular dishes here in Great Britain - all made from fresh, local, seasonal and British ingredients in line with Grosvenor’s philosophy of supporting the local community wherever possible.


Available every day in the Café at Grosvenor between Saturday 18th September and Sunday 3rd October, visitors can choose from steak and kidney pie; classic lamb hot pot and fish, chips and mushy peas amongst others with British Food Fortnight the perfect chance to sample traditional foods and the finest ingredients from the region.


Fresh, seasonal, local and British is also Grosvenor’s ethos when it comes to sourcing ingredients for its Café and food department with seasonal fruit and vegetables providing a significant benefit to health with the added advantage of reducing carbon footprint and food miles. 


Grosvenor’s sourcing policy in both its Café and food department works towards supporting local farmers and producers to offer the finest foods.  The fortnight will also present many opportunities to sample popular foods and ranges in Grosvenor’s food department where many of the ingredients used in the Café are available to buy for visitors to enjoy at home.


“Our efforts to provide visitors with good quality ingredients are well known and it is beneficial to both the national initiative behind British Food Fortnight and to our Café to raise awareness of the excellent produce available locally and from within Great Britain,” commented Scott Whitelam, Café Manager.


“British Food Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to encourage children in particular to eat more fruit and vegetables and to try the Best of British here at Grosvenor,” Scott concluded. 


Helping Communities Grow with Apple Celebration at Grosvenor

Grosvenor, located in Belgrave, Chester will once again be helping to grow communities by joining forces with Eaton Estate and surrounding villages to celebrate the British apple.


Celebrating its 21st birthday, the national Apple Days initiative has struck a chord with Grosvenor over the past few years with 2009 seeing an Apple Weekend event at the garden centre which encompassed villagers and schools from Aldford, Eccleston and Saighton all taking part in a great Apple Weekend celebration.


Villagers and customers will be asked to bring along their apples which will be turned into bottles of juice for the villages to sell at fetes and other village events to raise funds for the community.  Last year the villages invested the funds into an apple press, a new sound system for the village church and improving a community play area.


Working within the community is always at the forefront of the garden centre’s focus with many events taking place throughout each year and the Apple Weekend will once again develop Grosvenor’s strong links with the community at a time when the home-grown British apple is falling from our trees. 


“The British apple has a great following in Chester and the local area with apple trees the most popular fruit trees in our gardens.  Such a versatile and nutritious fruit deserves to be highlighted at this time of year when we are all wondering which new recipes we can try with our bumper crop of home-grown apples,” said Iain Wylie, managing director.


There are thought to be more than 7,000 varieties of apple grown worldwide with around 3,000 grown here.  It is no wonder then that many people are not sure of which types of apple are growing in their gardens.  At Grosvenor’s Apple Weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October, visitors will be able to bring along their apples for Les Armstrong, Head Gardener at Eaton Estate to identify; he’ll also be happy to answer any horticultural questions.  There will also be hands-on activities, with a real apple press in action and customers can taste the juice - hot off the press! With live cooking demonstrations, competitions, children’s nature activities, storytellers with traditional tales, music, food tasting and much more besides!


“Our Apple Weekend has grown over the last two years and this year’s event held once again in conjunction with Eaton Estate and local villages and schools promises to be even bigger and better – a true culmination of our work within the neighbourhood over the past 12 months,” Iain concluded.