A special ribbon cutting event was held at Notcutts Garden Centre in Maidstone to celebrate the opening of a new display garden, designed to inspire local gardeners with imaginative planting and landscaping ideas all year round. Caroline Notcutt, vice-chairman and Great-Granddaughter of Notcutts Garden Centres founder Roger Crompton Notcutt, cut the ribbon to officially open the new garden on 27 June, alongside the Mayor of Maidstone Councillor Marion Ring, local dignitaries, customers, and the Notcutts Maidstone team.
The Notcutts Garden is a permanent display at the garden centre, with ideas and inspiration for brightening borders and garden design. Tranquillity is the theme of the display garden with a large water fountain, beautiful collection of plants and a shaded seating area.
There are over 300 plants of 30 different varieties featured in the garden, many in elegant white and calming pastel shades, such as Arum Lilies, Foxgloves, Dicksonia Antarctica tree ferns and Betula Alba birch trees which have a majestic silver bark in winter. The Notcutts Garden was designed and built by Notcutts’ head of visual merchandising, Marco de Jongh; plant buyer, Stuart Andrews; and garden centre colleagues Paul, Suzanne and Harry.
Caroline Notcutt, vice-chairman of Notcutts, said: “The garden celebrates the best of what we do at Notcutts – with over 120 years’ experience and 50 Gold medals won at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re pleased to bring our expertise in planting and garden design to our customers in Maidstone.”
Jon Kemp, general manager at Notcutts Maidstone, said: “We are very proud to unveil our glorious Notcutts Garden at Maidstone, it is a fantastic addition to our garden centre and hope it will inspire customers with new and creative planting ideas. Thank you to all who joined us for our special garden opening event.”
The Notcutts Garden is free to visit all year round at Notcutts Maidstone in Newnham Court Shopping Village on Bearsted Road. Many of Notcutts’ 18 garden centres nationwide have a special display garden, each with different themes and designs.