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Bradford garden centre to host free planting advice sessions

A Bradford garden centre is launching a series of six free planting advice sessions. 

Tong Garden Centre is holding the first of its “Learn with Joe” events on Saturday, March 7, when its resident expert, Joe Appleyard, will be sharing his hints, tips and advice for planting up spring containers and baskets.  

The free demonstrations will take place in the outdoor plant canopy at the Tong Lane centre between 11am and 3pm and visitors are encouraged to ‘drop in’ at a time to suit them. 

Tong’s head of marketing Jo Dales said: “We have a wealth of knowledge in our plant team and Joe’s planting sessions are always so popular, so we’ve added more dates to this year’s calendar.

“In his first demo, Joe will create colourful spring containers using primroses that are locally-grown in Huddersfield, exclusively for us, and planted with pansies, violas, ivy and bellis for a welcome pop of spring colour. 

“We’re looking forward to inspiring people to create an early splash of colour in their gardens and there’ll be a printed guide with Joe’s hints and tips available to take away after the demonstration.” 

The spring containers planting demonstration will be followed by a planting vegetables and herbs session on Saturday, March 21, and a session on planting alpines on April 4, with more taking place in May and June.  

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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