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Christmas Door wreath

NEW EVENT – Christmas Wreath Workshop

Join us for an evening of festive fun as our trained florist guides you through the process of making a fresh wreath for your door. Learn top tips from the expert and create a stunning show-stopping door wreath that will be the envy of your neighbours!

All equipment will be provided as well as a hot drink (coffee, tea or mulled wine) and a mince pie. Seating also provided.

Ticket numbers limited due to making this a covid secure event. Booking essential.

Tickets are £40 per person to include all materials and refreshments.

The Christmas Wreath Workshop will take place on FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER 17:30 to 19:30

To book your ticket please visit the garden centre or call 01392 876281


Hyacinths make a great floral gift

Hyacinths for Christmas

How to grow Hyacinths for Christmas

Today (27th September) is just 88 days from Christmas. One of our favourite Christmas Gifts to grow are Hyacinths.

Hyacinths have beautiful tiny star shaped blooms that amass to create a bold floral display with the added bonus of a sweet fragrance. To get them to flower by Christmas you need to follow a process known as ‘forcing’. Here’s our handy guide on what to do…

What to do..

  1. Buy some prepared hyacinth bulbs from one of our Exeter garden centres. These are bulbs that have been ‘prepared’ through a cooling process to trick them into believing winter has been and gone and therefore that it is time to grow!
  2. Put some broken crocks in a bottom of a pot of your choice to help drainage.
  3. Add some bulb fibre compost available from our garden centres. until it is about 10cm from the top of the pot
  4. Place the bulb with the pointed end facing upwards onto the bulb fibre.
  5. Add more bulb fibre but stop when you get to about 1-1.5 cm from the top of the bulb.
  6. Place your pot in a cool dark cupboard for 6-8 weeks. Kitchen cupboards are usually ideal.
  7. Water when required, you want a moist soil (not bone dry but certainly not wet).
  8. Once shoots have established bring your pot out into a warm room with plenty of daylight.
  9. Add a box and voila – you have a home grown gift to give this Christmas.

For everything you need to grow hyacinths for Christmas, visit one of our Exeter garden centres today.