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Sunday 20th April - Get Blooming Brentwood



20th April - Brentwood in Bloom
 
In The News This Week
 
Gardening related articles in the press this week……………..
 
The Times this week reported that the worlds oldest tree has been found in Sweden! The Spruce is believed to be 10, 000 years old! The age was tested in Florida.
 
Ozone is killing off the sweet smells of summer.  Apparently ozone smog is a big problem and stops the scent of flowers travelling very far so stopping insects from flying to pollinate them The worst areas are near the sea where a combination of salt in the air and pollution from ships and factories combined make very dense smog.
 
 
 
This week I was recommended a great book. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis by Mary Toomey and Everett Leeds. I don’t often borrow a book then immediately put it on my wish list but this book is an excellent coffee table book as well as a really good reference book.
 
Visited a great nursery this week. Langthornes Plantery near Great Dunnmow. Good selection of plants at a reasonable price. I spent too much there!
 
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Guest of the Week!
 
My guest this week was Peter Baggott, chairman of Brentwood in Bloom Strategy Group. He told us all about Brentwood in Bloom and how it was launched this week. He is hoping for 200 entries this year. This years entries include:-
 
This year’s categories include:
 
Best Front Garden                         
Best School Project
First Time Entry Garden                                   
Best Maintained Religious Grounds
Premier League Garden                                   
Best Team Effort                                 
Best Residential Accommodation                     
Best Kept Public House                       
Best Kept Business Premises                           
Best Maintained Allotment
 
I look forward to interviewing the winner in August.
 
Happy Gardening
 
Andrew


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