Page 52 • The HERALD • 4th August 2022 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SPECIALISTS v ✿ DOWN THE GARDEN PATH ✿ Gilberts Nursery & Tearoom A Family Run Nursery Open all Year as a General Plant Nursery with large selection of shrubs, trees, cottage plants and seasonal bedding or join us in our Tearoom which serves freshly prepared food, delicious cakes and cream teas Visit our Dahlia Field with over 400 varieties, every colour and size Dahlia imaginable OPEN 17TH AUGUST UNTIL END OF OCTOBER. Grass pathways and seating around the field. Free Entry. Dahlia plants available for sale Visit: www.gilbertsdahlias.co.uk Dandysford Lane, Sherfield English, Romsey SO51 6DT • Tel: 01794 322566 www.gilbertsnursery.co.uk Open: 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4.30pm Sundays (Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays) Telephone Richard 023 8084 9637 | Grass Cutting | Edges Trimmed | Hedge Trimming | PRESSURE WASHING OF DECKS, PATIOS & DRIVES | FENCE & SHEDS PAINTED QuickSmart Garden Services Professional & Reliable GLORIOUS GILBERTS Although open all year as a general plant nursery with a large selection of shrubs, trees, cottage plants and seasonal bedding, Gilberts Nursery in Sher eld English (SO51 6DT) comes to life during the summer months with its collection of over 400 varieties of dahlias. New dahlia varieties, known as seedlings, are planted providing a glorious display of colour, which is open for viewing from mid August until the end of October, or the rst frosts. ere are grass walkways and although there is a slight incline to the eld, access is good and there is seating situated around the eld or the dahlias can be viewed from the Tearoom or Tea Garden. Entrance to the eld is free. e picking of owers is prohibited, however bunches of dahlias are available to purchase on most days, weather permitting. Well behaved dogs (on a lead) are welcome. Dahlias ower from mid-July, right through to the rst frost, which in some areas can be up until the beginning of November. ere are so many colour variations, some of the two toned colours look as if they have been created by an artist with great dedication, many di erent size and shape blooms, some as large as dinner plates right down to the small pom dahlias. In recent years the dahlia has become popular in gardens to attract bees, especially the single petal varieties where the pollen is on show from the minute the bud opens up. Gilbert’s Nursery, which also has a tearoom serving freshly prepared food, delicious cakes and cream teas, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, Sunday 10am until 4pm, and is closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays. e eld is open the same time as the nursery however the eld will be closed 30 minutes before the nursery closes. Gilberts Dahlia Field Totton & District Gardeners’ Society hold their meetings at Totton ree Score Club Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm. e next meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th August for a talk by Malcolm Calvert titled ‘Alpine Gardens’. ey will be holding their Summer Show on Saturday 13th August at the ree Score Club, Totton. It is an open show with 50 classes you can enter, oral art, general owers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables, Alpine Gardens Talk Followed by Summer Show cookery, children’s classes and photography. To enter look on their website: www.tottongardeners.org for details of classes and entry forms or schedules for entry are available by ringing Derrick on 023 8066 8177. If you feel you can’t enter any classes go on the day. It’s open to the public from 1.30pm as well as a wonderful display of owers they will have a tombola stall, plant stall, cakes and drinks and entry is only 50p per adult, children free.