Whether you’re looking for some new plants to re-stock your garden, a bouquet of blooms for a special occasion, some new wooden outdoor furniture or perhaps some fresh, home-grown veggies, there’s a dedicated team of people on the Island who will be happy to come up with the goods.
Care in the Garden is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based at Palmers Brook Community Nursery in Wootton, and it can supply all of these things – plus a mowing and strimming service to help keep your lawns and borders looking neat and well cared for.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Care in the Garden creates work opportunities for people who may need a little help – and by working within the community, it aims to break down barriers and promote understanding between people.
The versatile enterprise brings together various strands of horticultural work, including the Plant Market, which sells a huge range of its own, home-grown seasonal plants at amazing prices. At this time of year, buyers can choose from lots of Spring bedding and basket plants.
Then there’s Splinter Wood Products a humming hive of activity based in a newly-acquired shed that turns out lovely animal planters, garden gates and benches, and is a part of the work that has recently been extended thanks to a grant from Wight Aid.
The Veg Shed, as its name implies, sells a variety of fresh fruit and veg in season, while the latest venture, Blossoms Floristry, offers lovely floral arrangements created fresh every Thursday,
Then there are “The Mower Men” the dedicated team who love to get out and about to tend your lawns. They have been trained to use the mowers and strimmers, with assistance, and take great pride in doing a good job.
There are plenty of ways to support Care in the Garden apart from buying their products: members of the local community can also help out by donating unwanted plant pots and garden tools, giving donations or volunteering for an hour or two a week.