02 www.dobbies.com spring/summer 2012????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????PEFC/16-33-795 Spring is finally here! Now's the perfect time of the year to embrace the lighter evenings, get out into the garden and watch as your plants spring to life. This edition of Seasons is crammed full of inspiring features - they're all guaranteed to make you think differently about your garden, along with providing achievable ideas to transform your plot for the entire summer. Whether you want to create the perfect patio (p18) or try out some of the ideas from our 2012 Style Guide (p6) we have all the expert advice, top tips and must-have products you need. Or why not try something new and grow and harvest your own vegetables? Just follow our easy step-by-step guide (p10) for guaranteed results. Everything featured in this issue is in store right now, so head down to your local Dobbies to ensure you don't miss out on any of our fantastic seasonal offers. Also, have a look at the enclosed supplement for some great ideas and offers that will make your garden shine this spring. Happy gardening!Welcomethe teamFOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA: EDITOR Kevin Smith, ART EDITOR Elaine Knight, PROJECT MANAGER Ian Ochiltree, DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER PUBLISHING Julie Williams, GROUP PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Alfie Lewis. Seasons is edited and designed by Immediate Media Co. Printed in the UK by William Gibbons. All rights reserved. Unauthorised reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission. Every effort has been made to secure permission for copyright material. In the event of any material being used inadvertently, or where it proved impossible to trace the copyright owner, acknowledgement will be made in a future issue. All information contained in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, however it may subsequently change.DOBBIES TEAM Lynne Mitchell, Marketing Manager; Steven Guthrie, Customer Relationship Executive and the Dobbies Plant ManagersDOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES LTD, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian EH18 1AZ Tel: 0131 663 6778. For Garden Club enquiries only call: 0131 561 6400 (Mon-Fri)All offers are available until 30 April 2012 or while stocks last. Not valid in conjunction with any other discount, offer or promotion. Products may vary from store to store and plants are not available online. Pictures are for illustration purposes only.We are proud to say Seasons is PEFC certified. For more information go to pefc.co.uk. Promoting sustainable forest management.COVER IMAGE: GAP PHOTOS - Clematis 'Blue Lights'Lynne MitchellMARKETING MANAGERWIN Gardening EssentialsDon't miss the chance to win £100 worth of gardening kit - see page 5!
spring/summer 2012 www.dobbies.com 03Contents04 Dobbies news: It's all hot off the press!06 The 2012 Style Guide: Make sure your garden is on trend with our pick of the season's must-have plants and accessories10 Veg for beginners: Enjoy a tasty harvest with our simple, foolproof guide14 Over the fence: Meet Garden Club members Derek and Jackie Powers and discover their prize-winning garden18 The perfect patio: Make the most of your terrace with our ideas and expert tips22 Pick your own bouquet: Try this fun activity, and many more, with children24 Plant profile - clematis: We reveal our top 10 clematis for every garden30 Cut costs, not corners: Take advantage of our unmissable in-store offers 32 Your problems solved: A Dobbies expert answers your gardening questions36 Summer wildlife: Grow plants to attract butterflies plus how to care for bees38 Garden chat: Pete Jackson reveals the gardening heroes in his life39 Fancy a break? Enjoy great hotel deals 40 What's on: Happening in-store now!614102422