Borders Organic Gardeners Apple Festival at Woodside

apple festival

 October 7th & 8th, 10am – 4pm

Following last year’s success we are delighted to welcome back our friends from Borders Organic Gardeners for the annual Apple Festival, we have a great weekend planned for you. BOG have elected to raise money for their nominated charity at this event, which this year is the Borders Forest Trust, and there will be opportunities for you to make a donation if you wish. Entrance to the event and car parking is all FREE.

Highlights for the weekend include an amazing display of over 100 named varieties of apples which will be in our polytunnel, over 50 different varieties of fruit trees for sale, and the opportunity to bring in your own apples for juicing. If you do bring in apples, please make sure you also bring a container to put the juice into for taking home!  Baking fans may also want to bring donations for the home baking stall which is raising funds for Borders Forest Trust – whole cakes, tarts and loaves only please.
The Birdhouse Tearoom will be selling a delicious range of apple themed food and drink, and our baker, Sue, will be very busy over the next few days preparing all the home-baked items.

The full list of activities, information and stall holders is below, and as you can see we have different attractions on both days, so you might want to visit Woodside more than once this weekend!

Our car park is likely to be very busy, so we will have volunteer car parking attendants to assist you – please look out for them as they will help you to park. If you are fit and able, it would help hugely if you could park at nearby Harestanes, just a short walk away, which would leave more car parking at Woodside for those not able to walk that distance. Anyone parking at Harestanes can of course drive up to Woodside to collect purchases. Queues may form at Woodside as you wait for a space to become available, so please be patient with our car parking assistants while they find you a space.

Here is a full list of all the varieties of fruit trees that are for sale, with the quantities available – CLICK HERE. As you can see some of the varieties are only available in limited numbers, so if you want to reserve a tree from the list please phone the shop on 01835 830315. If you’re having trouble opening the list, just contact the shop by emailing emma@woodsidegarden.co.uk and we’ll email you a copy.

BOG Apple Festival at Woodside 2023
10am – 4pm Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October

Display of named apples
Borders Organic Gardeners Book shop
Apple juicing
Borders Organic Gardeners information stall
Apple trees and other fruit trees for sale
Apple themed food and drink
Fun Activities – “
William Tell”, Guess the Weight of the Marrow, Apple Peeling Competition
Home Baking stall

Saturday 7th October
Greenknowe Honey – Beekeeping and Honey Bee Products
Northumbria Basketry Group – Promoting basketry and related crafts
Borders Forest Trust – Local Woodland Charity
Laprig Valley – Local producers of single variety apple juice
Central Borders Red Squirrel Network – Helping to conserve and protect red squirrels
Lyne Organics – Makers of organic home fragrances and toiletries
Half a Hedgerow – Handmade garden art, growing frames and decorative items
Abundant Borders – Teaching people how to grow their own food in a sustainable way
Scott Barden Workshop – Painting signs for bee-friendly gardens for children and families
Story Telling – Nature themed stories for children and their accompanying adult

Sunday 8th October
AnneWhiteArt – Sales of original prints and cards by local artist
The Wildlife Information Centre – Local Environmental Records Centre
Crailing Community Orchard – providing produce and activities in the community
FirstLight Trust – Charity supporting Armed Forces and Emergency Services vetarans
Red Kite Services – Pond Dipping activity in the Woodside pond from 11am – 2pm
Greenknowe Honey – Beekeeping and Honey Bee Products
Northumbria Basketry Group – Promoting basketry and related crafts
Borders Forest Trust – Local Woodland Charity
Laprig Valley – Local producers of single variety apple juice
Central Borders Red Squirrel Network – Helping to conserve and protect red squirrels
Lyne Organics – Makers of organic home fragrances and toiletries
Half a Hedgerow – Handmade garden art, growing frames and decorative items

Please tell your family and friends about this event and lets make it another successful event at Woodside.

Bareroot hedging

bareroot hedging plants

Our bareroot hedging price list for winter 2023/24 is now ready!

I know it seems a bit early to be thinking about winter planting, but it’s always good to plan ahead, and we’ve already had quite a lot of people asking about bare root hedging plants. These are plants that are supplied without pots or compost over the dormant season – usually November to March, and it’s the cheapest way to purchase hedging plants.

You can see our price list and order form by clicking HERE or come into the plant shop and collect a paper copy. We are happy to take orders over the phone, in person or via email.

Please note that payment is required with your order, as we order these in specially for you, and that plants will be available from November 2023 – February 2024. We will contact you when your order is ready for collection.

For a really useful guide to hedging plants, and how to plant them, you might enjoy this RHS article 

For any other queries please call us on 01835 830315.

Time to Plant Soft Fruit Bushes

A selection of soft fruit

Autumn is a good time to plant soft fruit bushes and our delivery has just arrived.

Planting conditions are perfect just now with the ground warm and moist, so why not make the most of the weather and use your time to plant soft fruit bushes? We source all our plants from a renowned Scottish grower, and always select varieties which should do well in the challenging climate that we experience here in the Scottish Borders.

Our  selection includes:
Blueberries – Blue Crop, Brigitta, Jersey and Hortblue Petite (a dwarf variety suitable for pots). Don’t forget that Blueberries enjoy acid conditions, so plant with ericaceous compost and feed with ericaceous fertiliser.

Blackberry – Merton Thornless

Blackcurrants – Ben Connan ( a very frost tolerant early variety) Ben Sarek (an early variety with compact growth suitable for smaller spaces) Ben Tirran ( a late variety) and Cassimma Black Marble ( NEW to Woodside and probably the largest fruiting blackcurrant of them all)

Redcurrant Jonkheer Van Tets – a strong growing, early cultivar with flavoursome fruits

Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Red and Hinnonmaki Green – both compact varieties suitable for pots or small spaces, and both with excellent mildew resistance

Jostaberry – a very vigorous thornless blackcurrant/ gooseberry hybrid.

Loganberry and Tayberry –  blackberry/ raspberry hybrids

Honeyberry  – Boreal Beauty, Boreal Beast and Boreal Blizzard – members of the edible honeysuckle family these tasty and nutritious fruits are very hardy and easy to grow. They do need a pollination partner though, so plant two different varieties for fruits.

Rhubarb – Traditional and reliable favourites Victoria and Glaskins Perpetual

Raspberries – three NEW potted varieties to choose from. Bundles of traditional raspberry varieties will become available later in the season

RASPBERRY Groovy 5L

A new patio raspberry that is ideal for growing in a pot on your patio – excellent as both a fruit producing producing and ornamental plant thanks to is dwarf habit and golden yellow foliage. A primocane variety which means it produces bountiful crops of large sweet red berries in the first year.

  • Height & Spread: 150cm x 75cm
  • Crops: July onwards

RASPBERRY Bonbonberry® Yummy® 5L

This new compact raspberry variety is exceptionally easy to grow and maintain. It is naturally dwarf, growing to just 50cm tall making it perfect for container planting on the terrace, balcony or patio. Bears bountiful crop of large sweet juicy red berries from July.  The canes are thorn-free, which makes for easy picking.  Yummy is a primocane variety which means that it bears fruit on the same years growth meaning that you’ll get fruit in the very first year!  Easy to maintain, requiring just a little prune to remove old canes once they are older than 18 months.  Plants should be planted in a patio pot 1 plant per 20 litre pot or 3 per 40 litre pot.

  • Eventual height and spread: 50cm.
  • Crops: July.

RASPBERRY Sweet Sunshine 5L
Sweet Sunshine’ is a breeding marvel, an extremely heavy cropping, compact, raspberry with deliciously plump and juicy fruits formed on short, thornless canes from June to August. Suitable for growing in large pots and perfect for small growing spaces and is a primocane variety

  • Eventual height and spread 100cm x 50cm
  • Crops: June to August

For all enquiries please pick up the phone and speak to us (or leave a message on the answerphone) on 01835 830315. Emails and messages on social media may get missed.

Dining in the Kailyard is Back

Birdhouse tea room

We are really pleased to announce the re-start of our evening meals at Woodside, which we brand as the Kailyaird.

Forthcoming dates are:
August 25th – see menu here
September 22nd
October 20th
November 17th (this will be a lunchtime to avoid you having to come out in the dark!)
December 15th – Special Festive Menu.

Unless indicated otherwise, all meals will be served at 7pm.

The menu for each will reflect the season. Once the menu is finalised it will be published as an event. Please book in advance with your menu choices by calling 01835 830315

It’s Not All Plants!

Vintage stone troughs for sale at Woodside Garden centre

We love our plants here at Woodside, but we do other things too!

Vintage Garden items

Last year we started sourcing and stocking vintage garden and shed items, and we are well stocked with interesting bits and pieces from 50p to £2500, so plenty to suit all budgets!
This week I’ve collected some gorgeous late-Victorian salt glazed troughs, I’m reasonably good at remembering to put photos onto Facebook, so please follow us if you want to receive regular photos of items that catch my eye. We have also got a section here on the website for our antique and vintage items – now we’ve passed the May and June madness I’ll be able to spend a bit more time getting it up to date.

Our search for vintage and antique items takes us throughout the UK, but we are always very happy to source items closer to home, so if you want us to do a shed or garden clearance for you, just get in touch. Also if there is a particular item, for example a sundial, that you’d like us to look out for, just let us know and we’ll see what we can find….

New Range of Curry Pastes

We also retail selected food items in our plant shop, including our own home-made frozen meals, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables. We have recently started stocking a new range of curry pastes, which are made in India with traditional Indian ingredients. These differ from other sauces and pastes in that each one has it’s own distinct fresh flavours, and don’t all just taste of gloopy spicy curry – I’m sure know what I mean! Choose from 8 different flavours, all £4.50 each:
Butter Chicken (Highly recommended)
Goan Curry
Chicken Curry
Karahi Curry (Also highly recommended – quite spicy, but tasty too)
Rogan Josh
Chick Pea Curry
Tikka Masala
Tandoori
Serve them with our giant oven baked naan breads, and that’s a meal sorted!

Perfect Planting Conditions for Hardy Perennials

rhodohypoxis on sale at Woodside Garden

This rain has been wonderful for our gardens, with the plants drinking it up and putting on lots of growth after a hot dry spell.

Now we have perfect planting conditions, it’s a good time to fill your garden with gorgeous hardy perennials.  We have lots of new plants this week to choose from including a beautiful selection from award-winning Howard Nurseries that have just arrived.

Here are some of my favourites – there are plenty more!
Actaea Chocoholic – this used to be called Cimicifuga and is a lovely tall dark leaved perennial with delicate looking flowers
Brunnera Dawson’s White – this is a really good variegated form, with blue flowers
Calamagrostis Karl Foerster & Overdam – two really nice varieties of grass, perfect for prairie planting schemes
Eryngium Jos Eijking – this is probably the best of the blue Sea Hollies, and is the one we grow here in our garden at Woodside and is much admired. Lovely to look at and irresistible to bees
Eupatorium Baby Joe – a compact form of Joe Pye Weed, with attractive purple flowers in late summer/autumn that are good for the butterflies
Geum Pink Petticoats & Totally Tangerine – two of the very best Geums, that have good strong colour, and flower for weeks throughout the summer.
Heleniums – fantastic late flowering perennials with daisy-like flowers, to give later interest in the garden. We have 4 varieties – Red Jewel, Wesergold, Moerheim Beauty and Short and Sassy
Persicaria – really good ground cover perennials that are easy to grow and have quite showy flowers too. We have four varieties of these – affinis Donald Lowndes, amplexicaulis Annes Choice, amplexicaulis Blackfield, and bistorta Superba
Sedum Herbstfreude – sometimes known as “Autumn Joy, this is probably the best of all the border Sedums, flowering quite late in the summer and persisting into autumn, providing a late food source for pollinating insects.

Other highlights

Look out too for packs of Lewisia and flowers for rockeries and alpine troughs, Rhodohypoxis in a variety of colours, Ophiopogon nigrescens (known as the “black grass” but not a grass at all – it’s actually a member of the lily family, and they’re just coming into flower now), Nemesias in three different colours and much, much more.

As you can tell, I’m very excited about our current range of plants and I very much recommend a visit to Woodside to fully appreciate the choice that we have. All our plants are container grown and can be planted all year round, and, as mentioned, planting conditions are now absolutely perfect with the warm weather and lovely rainfall.

Slugs

Remember that slugs like the rain too, so don’t forget to protect plants with slug pellets! We have a good range of eco-friendly slug pellets in the plant centre.

As usual, if you’d like anything reserved, to book a table in the tearoom, or have any questions, please call on 01835 830315. Emails and social media messages may go unanswered as none of us like computers – we much prefer plants!

Tender Plants for Conservatories and Sun Rooms

Gloriosa - an example of the tender plant snow available from Woodside Garden

Our polytunnel has been transformed into a stunning space displaying tender plants for conservatories, sun rooms and patios. Most of these plants will live outside quite happily over the summer, to give your garden a lush, tropical feel, but will need to come indoors for the colder months.

Tender Plants

Here are some of the plants we have available:

  • Gloriosa  with shocking pink blooms
  • Hoya bella, (Wax Plant) a house plant with sweetly scented white flowers
  • Plumbago – a blue flowering climber
  • Aloe Vera – an easy to grow plant with healing sap
  • Cannas – exotic blooms suitable for pots and patios
  • Mandervilla – a subtropical vine with stunning flowers. We have 3 varieties Classic Red, Flamingo Pink, Classic White.
  • Zantadeschias – in a choice of colours
  • Passionflower – really big bushy plants standing around 3ft in height, full of flowers and buds. Three varieties – Clear Sky, White Passion, Violet Passion. £59.99 each
  • Citrus trees – Lemons and calamondins, both carrying fruit £52.99 each.

Garden Plants

There are plenty more garden plants available this week. My personal favourites are:

  • Flower Carpet Roses in 6 different colours
  • Penstemon Sour Grapes
  • Hosta Sting – a new variety with white stems, upright growth and good variegation
  • Agastache Blackadder – a great plant for pollinators and attractive too
  • Persicaria affinis Superba – one of the vey best ground cover plants which flowers from spring, through summer and into autumn.
  • Hemerocallis – I love Daylilies. They are really easy to grow and keep producing blooms throughout early to mid-summer. We have 6 varieties – Night Embers (dark red double flowers), Summer Wine (pinky red), Charles Johnston (cherry red with green throat), Golden Chimes (rich gold), Stafford (deep red with orange throat) and Stella de Ora (crisp clear yellow)
  • Alstroemeria – choose from Husky (speckled orange), Sundance (speckled yellow) or Indian Summer (bronze leaf and orange flowers)

As usual this is just a quick taste of what we have available. Don’t forget we also stock garden furniture, water features, decorative garden ornaments, birdbaths, pots and statues, garden vintage and antique items and much more, so do come in and take a look.

Easter Weekend at Woodside

Display of wooden troughs for sale this Easter weekend at Woodside garden, Scottish Borders

What a gorgeous morning to start the Easter Weekend at Woodside. The first of our baby vegetable packs are now available and selling fast. We will be getting more over the next few weeks, so please don’t worry if you have missed out this time. Please note that all tomato plants will need heated conditions at the moment, such as a heated greenhouse. There will be plenty more tomato plants coming on for those of you with unheated greenhouses.

For this weekend we have packs of:
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Green Calabrese
Red Cabbage (Limited numbers)
Cauliflower (Limited Numbers)
Spinach (Limited Numbers)
Lettuce Cos (Limited numbers)
Lettuce Green Salad Bowl (Limited numbers)
Lettuce Red Salad Bowl (limited numbers)

And in 9cm pots we have:
Leek Musselburgh
Sweetcorn
Tomato Alicante
Tomato Gardener’s Delight
Tomato Shirley
Tomato Ailsa Craig
Tomato Moneymaker

Herbaceous Plants

A delivery of herbaceous plants has arrived today (Good Friday). This means that we have a good selection of hardy perennials for the weekend, to add to our large choice of garden plants. The weather forecast is perfect for planting, and the sun is to shine for at least two days, so it’s the ideal time to get out into the garden.

Also for this Easter weekend at Woodside we have a selection of UK made wooden troughs and planters – as featured in the photograph.

We have trellis backed planters, suitable for short climbers and for screening, troughs on legs suitable for salad, vegetable and herbs, as well as square and rectangular troughs for patios, driveways and front doors. These are all very well priced, so do come in and take a look. We recommend that you line them with used compost sacks or bin bags for best results.

Easter in the Tearoom

In the Birdhouse Tearoom we have some delicious Easter Specials for you.

Try our new handmade oven baked Scotch Eggs, made here at Woodside by Mandy, using local free-range organic eggs and are available in four flavours – Pork & Apple, BBQ, Chilli and Herb. On the specials board we have Coronation chicken on this weekend.

Sue has been busy baking some Easter treats: Simnel Cake, Easter Spiced Biscuits and Chocolate Nests are all ready for you to enjoy, along with all our usual favourites. The tearoom is likely to very popular this weekend – so I’d recommend booking for indoor seating on 01835 830315. There’s plenty of space outside on our picnic tables, so no need to book if you’re happy to sit outside in the Spring sunshine.

As usual, for all enquiries and reservations, please call us on 01835 830315. The office will be closed until Tuesday, so emails and enquiries through social media will not get picked up!

More New Stock Arriving

rhododendron plants

What a couple of weeks this has been with new spring deliveries arriving every day! This morning (7th March) we have just had a delivery of azalea and rhododendron plants, which are sure to be popular as gardeners look forward to spring. Other plant deliveries last week included  Hebes, Hellebores, Ribes (Flowering Currant), Cotinus Grace and Royal Purple, some gorgeous mature Corylopsis pauciflora in flower, some beautiful feature Pines, and some large Wisteria sinensis.

Seed Potatoes

The remaining seed potatoes have been delivered and are selling fast. Fresh stock includes:

Charlotte
Kestrel
Jazzy
Nadine
Wilja
Organic Bambino

Main Crop:
Caledonian Rose
Cara
Desiree
Golden Wonder
King Edward
Maris Piper
Pentland Dell
Pink Fir Apple
Rooster
Organic Sarpo Mira.

If you’d like us to reserve a bag of  seed potatoes for you, please give us a call on 01835 830315

Scottish Grown Fruit Bushes

Also selling well are the fruit bushes which arrived last week from our specialist Scottish grower:
Blueberry Brigitta
Blueberry Jersey
Black Currant Ben Connan
Blackcurrant Goliath
Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Green
Gooseberry Invicta
Honeyberry Boreal Beast
Gojiberry
Redcurrant Rosetta
Rhubarb Champagne
Rhubarb Glaskins Perpetual
Rhubarb Timperley Early
Rhubarb Victoria
Tummelberry

Peat-Free Professional Compost

We are very excited  to have taken delivery of some new ranges of compost. Our NEW peat-free professional compost (Bronte Heritage) finally offers non-peat users a really good multi-purpose compost suitable for a wide range of uses, including potting and planting. This compost has been available to professional users for a while in bulk loads, but has now been packaged in retail bags in a manageable 50 litre size. They are £11.99 each, or 2 for £20. We will be using this compost ourselves for all our plant production and growing purposes, and Joanne will be very busy next week potting up our young plants ready for growing on.

We also now stock the Growmoor range of compost, which is a company based in County Tyrone and offers a full range of composts and related products, including Garden Mulch, Farmyard Manure, Growbags, Rose, Tree and Shrub planting compost, Multipurpose compost with added John Innes and a NEW peat-free Ericaceous Compost. And we have also taken delivery of a fresh batch of Dalefoot Wool Compost which is produced in Cumbria using fleece from Herdwick sheep and bracken. We stock most of their range: Potting, Tomato, Vegetable and Salad, Double Strength, Seed and Lakeland Gold (Claybuster). In all we stock around 25 different composts – so there should be something to suit everyone’s needs.

Recycled Metal Birds

And finally, we’ve had a delivery of more of our lovely recycled metal birds and animals, made by Zimbabwean artists to designs developed by a British team in the Coxwolds. These are not the mass produced items you find on-line, but individual handmade and hand painted items, made from recycled oil drums and other waste metal products. Our range includes a selection of British birds, which seems particularly suitable for Woodside.

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Chocolate Cake Day

Chocolate for National Chocolate Cake day

This Friday, 27th January is National Chocolate Cake Day (who knew there was such a thing – but it sounds like an excellent idea to me).

To celebrate, we will be offering 5 different chocolate cake options: Chocolate Fudge Cake, Chocolate Brownies, Guinness and Chocolate Cake, Chocolate and Beetroot Cake and Chocolate Log.

These are all available individually for you to enjoy, or we are offering a Chocolate Cake Taster Sharing Platter for just £10. Only available on Friday 27th, so if you’d like to come you may want to book by calling 01835 830315.

Burns Night.

If you are not a sweet tooth, you may be looking forward more to this week’s Burns Night. With the original date for our Burns Lunch now fully booked, we have added an extra date of Thursday 26th January for you to enjoy the Woodside Burns Lunch from 1pm.

Enjoy:

Starters:
Cullen Skink Or
Vegetarian pate with homemade oatcakes

Main Courses:
Haggis, tattie neeps, whisky sauce, and buttered leeks or
Vegetarian Wellington, tattie neeps, whisky sauce, and buttered leeks (V)

Pudding:
Mango and black pepper cranachan or
Clootie dumpling and custard
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2 courses £21.50 per person
3 courses £27.50 per person
Please pre-book menu choices – 01835 830315