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Bradford garden centre to host free orchid advice and MOT day

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A Bradford garden centre is repeating its free Orchid advice day following last year’s successful event. 

Tong Garden Centre is holding an Orchid Day where lovers of the tropical species are invited to receive free advice and health checks for their plants. 

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of plant nutrition products and an award-winning orchid grower have teamed up to host an Orchid Day at the Tong Lane Garden Centre on Saturday,11 March. 

The day will be led by former orchid grower, Chris Channon, pictured, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist who said: “Orchid Days give orchid lovers the opportunity to find out how to best look after their plants, as well as have any queries answered.  

“People are welcome to bring their own orchids along during the day. I’ll be able to give them a free orchid MOT during my orchid clinic and diagnose any problems they may have, as well as give handy ‘dos and don’ts’ on how to treat their orchids, especially when they’re not at their best.” 

Chris will be in the houseplant area at Tong between 10am and 4pm for general advice and will be giving ‘Tropical Orchids for Beginners’ talks and re-potting demonstrations at 11am and at 2pm. The talks will last 30-40 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session. There is no charge for entry. 

Tong’s marketing manager Jo Dales said: “The team at Tong is passionate about plants and helping people to get the most out of them. We’re all looking forward to welcoming Chris back to Tong to share his expert knowledge with our customers.”  

Chris Channon managed Deva Orchids, a successful orchid nursery near Chester, for more than 21 years before he retired from growing and showing orchids in December, 2008. 

He is now using his knowledge and experience to support Growth Technology’s Orchid Days by informing orchid owners about looking after the exotic plants and offering free advice on any issues they may have. 

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

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