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Gardens to visit

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens | Comments Off on Gardens to visit

Alswick Hall

Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0AA
This is a Tudor house with 5 acres of landscaped gardens, set in unspoiled farmland. It includes two natural ponds with rockeries, herbaceous borders, shrubs, roses, extensive dahlia beds, a woodland walk and a wild flower meadow. A lovely location, with a Plant Fair on the 11th September.

Opening times: 11th September 2-5pm Entrance fees: Adults: £5.00 / Children: £0.00 Contact: Cathy Curtis – Telephone:01992 585969



Stoney Lane, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 0DP
A Rose garden, rhododendron border, arboretum, Koi pond, nature pond, shrub and herbaceous borders. There is also a ‘cave’, and lots of places to sit. Home made teas and gluten free provided. Disability information: Full access to garden including easy access to WC.

Opening times: 18th September 2-5pm.
Contact: Mr Brian Bradnock & Ms Jane Meir – Telephone: 01442 832014

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Threshing Barn,Bullsmill Lane, Waterford, Hertford, SG14 2RF
The Threshing Barn is a conversion dating back to the 1890s, in the peaceful rural setting of Waterford with a nature reserve in close proximity and open views across the Beane flood plain. The river side garden is a mix of perennial and herbaceous borders leading down to the stream.
Evening opening Friday 8 July (6 – 9pm). Wine.
Sunday 10 July (2 – 5.30pm). Home-made teas. Admission £4.00, children free.

8 Chapel Road Breachwood Green, Hitchin SG4 8NU
In the heart of the village surrounding a C17 cottage is an informal garden having no lawns or straight level pathways. A good selection of perennials, shrubs and alpines and one of the largest collections of vintage garden tools and machinery on display.
Sunday 24 July (12 – 5pm). Amission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas.

Mr & Mrs Melvin Gore 35 Digswell Road Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7PB
Town garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders and a small meadow with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, incl a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden incl bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.
Sunday 31 July (2 – 5.30pm). Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Adrian & Clare de Baat 01707 324074

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Gardening vs the Gym

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens | 0 comments

GardeningWe are often asked why we do our job, well this article from The Mail is one reason:

Take off your running shoes and slip on your wellies, because doctors say taking up gardening is just as good as going to the gym. Half an hour of digging burns 150 calories, the same period raking a lawn burns 120 and pushing a lawn mower for 30 minutes burns 165.

While running may use up slightly more doctors are increasingly trying to encourage people to take up lighter activities that they can weave into their daily routine. Many people are intimidated by gyms and strenuous fitness programmes, and experts are instead shifting their focus to get people to build in more moderate exercise that they will not give up on. Researchers have found that undertaking regular moderate exercise such as walking or gardening slashes the risk of a heart attack by half, and adds up to seven years to the average life span.

Professor Naveed Sattar, expert in metabolic medicine at Glasgow University, said:

Gardening is great – it gets you outside, it helps build muscle and it burns calories.
The key thing is sustainability. The way to keep exercising is to do something you love – such as gardening – or do something for a reason, such as walking or cycling to work.’ The NHS advises that people do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking or gardening, or 75 minutes of strenuous exercise such as running or playing football. But four out of five Britons fail to achieve the target, fuelling an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. In a campaign to get more people using gardening for fitness, the Royal Horticultural Society asked 2,000 gardeners about their experiences with the hobby.

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Bad News!

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog | Comments Off on Bad News!

As some of you maybe aware, our premises in Letchworth were broken into at the end of March and we lost a considerable amount of equipment – mostly power tools. We were one of 5 small businesses to be targeted that evening and as I write, we are no closer to having the machinery recovered. However, thanks go to family, friends, staff and customers who have helped over this difficult period and we have managed to keep the service going – although a bit “wobbly” initially! Can I ask that should you be offered any equipment and you are dubious of its origin that you please contact the police. Thanking you again for your continued support.

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Rustling End Cottage Garden

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Open Gardens, Places to visit | Comments Off on Rustling End Cottage Garden

Rustling End, Codicote SG4 8TD

(Take the B656 north from Codicote or south from Hitchin. Going north from Codicote, after 1 mile turn left into ‘Three Houses Lane’ (going south from Hitchin take the B656 towards Codicote, travel through Langley then turn right into ‘Three Houses Lane’). Then take the first turning on the right to Rustling End. Rustling End Cottage is the second house on the left-hand side of the lane.

Meander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary, reflecting pool and abundant planting. Deep borders feature blue Camassia in late spring. The terrace hosts drought tolerant planting. Hens in residence. The garden also hosts many wild birds at our feeders. Evening opening is Saturday, April 30th- 5.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be wine and soft drinks for a donation to the NGS. The afternoon opening is on Monday, May 2nd from 2.00pm to 5.30pm, with home-made teas available

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News Article on Lantra

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Carolines Blog | Comments Off on News Article on Lantra

ARCH Gardening – Plant the Seeds for a Successful Gardening Business

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Organic Weed Control

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Weed Control | 0 comments

Organic Weed Control

Pulling weeds by hand is not always easy or practical, especially when they are on a patio or driveway. At ARCH we do not use chemical weed-killers and prefer to use
organic solutions which are safer for children and pets.
We’ve listed a couple of ways to tackle weeds below, however bear in mind that they may also kill surrounding plants unless you make sure to apply to the weed only.

Use when there’s no sign of rain for at least a day or two, hot sunny weather will give you best results.

Vinegar – Kill weeds dead with a good shot of vinegar. For best results, don’t dilute with water. Household vinegar will do the trick for new growth, or if you have any pickling vinegar, that will give better results for more mature and stubborn weeds.

Salt – This is effective but keep in mind that significant amounts will cause damage to surrounding soil as well. Salt should only be used in places where you want no plant growth, like driveways, paths and patios. Use a ratio of 1 part salt to 2 parts water.

Salt & Vinegar Recipe – (read notes above first). Combine 1 1/4 cups of table salt with 1 gallon of household vinegar. Spray where needed.

Vinegar & Washing Up Liquid – Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add a squirt or two of washing up liquid. There are a few organic ones on the market. Spray during the hottest part of the day.

Washing Up Liquid – Make a soap solution of 1 part liquid to 10 parts water. Soak the pesky weeds with this mix.

Boiling Water – Plug in the kettle, bring it to a boil then pour the hot water over weeds (you’re basically cooking them to death).

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Gardens to visit

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Carolines Blog, Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Bennington Lordship Gardens – The gardens are famous for the huge drifts of naturalised Snowdrops that cover most of the moat and the grounds around the Norman castle and house in February & March. Open daily from 7th Feb to Sun 1st March 12-4pm.

Angelssey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill – are also showing off their display of snowdrops in their Snowdrop Festival, between Monday 26 January – Sunday 1 March.

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Business Franchise Opportunities

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in ARCH Franchise, Carolines Blog, gardening | 0 comments

ARCH has now been in business for over 11 years and is covering a large area of Hertfordshire from our base in Letchworth. However, there are a number of areas that are further afield i.e Ware, Bedford, Cambridge that we are unable to service due to the travelling time. So we are now looking for people that would be interested in running their own “ARCH” business. Should you know of anyone who may be interested please contact me directly.

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in ARCH Franchise, Carolines Blog | 0 comments

Caroline under the ARCH

Caroline under the ARCH

This is a question that is often asked by many people, while sitting in their office in front of a computer.  Gazing out of the window (if they are luckily enough to have one), dreams of “doing what you want to do”, “being in charge of my destiny” and “what if”.
Starting a business from scratch certainly is daunting.  Having done it myself, I never thought of the hurdles that would come my way.  I had never run a business before so how would I know.  I also never thought 11 years later, I would be employing staff and having premises – all quite amazing really, considering I started out as a “lady gardener with her mower”!
So if you have a love of gardening and all things horticultural and you sit at your desk dreaming of “gardening all day”, you really can make that dream become a reality.  I am offering people what I didn’t get at the beginning and that is support and advice from someone within the industry, in the form of a franchise.
You will have the procedures in place, the website and the marketing materials from the start.  You can turn all of the above into – “I did it”!
Is this for you?  For more information and an informal chat please contact Caroline on 01462 686491/07801 546990.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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