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Wishing all our customers and readers a very Happy Christmas

 

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Landscape Gardener Required

Full Time & Permanent. Start January 2013. Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. Drivers license essential. E-mail Craig with your C.V. acorns@cargardens.co.uk

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Winner: The Chemotherapy Garden at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight won the BBH Award for Best External or Landscaping Project, 2012.

C.A.R. Gardens and St Mary’s Hospital winning an award from Building Better Healthcare 2012, in London on 7th November for their Chemotherapy Garden. From left to right: Craig Ratcliff (owner of C.A.R. Gardens), Diane Adams (St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W.), Dr Phil Hammond (BBH host), Sarah W...

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We have a New Team Member

Welcome to our New Team Member Reuben Boudewijn. Reuben joins the C.A.R. Gardens team in November 2012. Reuben brings with him 9 years horticultural experience, including organic farming, tree surgery and garden maintenance. Reuben has training and certificates in working with chainsaws and arboricu...

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C.A.R. Gardens is recruiting

Do you want to work for C.A.R. Gardens? Do you you want to be the next member of our team? Well here is your opportunity. We are recruiting, so contact us if you want to shine. We offer a garden design, garden landscaping and organic garden maintenance service on the Isle of Wight. We need […...

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The Isle of Wight garden to be looking at (and listening in) this week end

The Garden Stage! Isle of Wight festival. Newport. Miles Kane rocking our hoes off Description: Rock festival, headlining with Bruce Springsteen. Admission cost: You might need a loan. Definitely not for charityChildren under 7 free with wristband Refreshments: probablyGetting there: you might get a...

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NGS, gardens open for charity this week end on the Isle of Wight

 NEW Ashcliff The Pitts,  Bonchurch,  nr Ventnor,  Isle of Wight,  PO38 1NT  I was visiting a customer’s garden on Bonchurch Shute last week, and so I’ll be interested to see or hear all bout this one, especially how the cliff has been gardened. The National Garden Schemes yellow b...

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The Isle of Wight garden party to be at this weekend

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The Queens Diamond Jubilee Weekend

Seen on our trip to the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show. Theres so much to do this 4 day weekend In case you hadn’t noticed the Queen is trying to whip us up into a patriotic flag flurry. Enjoy the long weekend! If  a garden visit is more your thing then take a look at these […]

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Gardener needed tomorrow and beyond!

Gardener required for busy maintenance round on the Isle of Wight. We need immediate cover for tomorrow and Thursday, with the possibility of further work for the right person. This is a great opportunity, working for a great company.Tomorrow we need help in the beautiful West Wight, and on Thursday...

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NGS, gardens open for charity this week end on the Isle of Wight

Badminton Clatterford Shute,  Carisbrooke, Newport,  Isle of Wight,  PO30 1PD   The National Garden Scheme’s Yellow Book describes Badminton as ‘One-acre garden on sheltered South and W facing site with good vistas. Planted for all-year interest with many different shrubs, trees and...

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NGS, gardens open for charity this week end on the Isle of Wight

Mill Farm Mill Road,  Bembridge,  Isle of Wight,  PO35 5PD   The National Garden Scheme’s Yellow Book describes Mill Farm as a ‘ Delightful informal cottage garden surrounding C17 farmhouse (not open) in windswept location with wonderful views. The garden is set out in a number of ar...

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Composting Week!

Last week, May 7th –  was National Composting Week! So, I’m a little late with this blog, but please excuse me as i was distracted a little by reaching the grand age of 40 and of course, how best to celebrate! It seems each day or week in the calender has something devoted to it, [&hell...

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NGS, gardens open for charity this week end on the Isle of Wight

Blenheim House Spencer Road (use Market St entrance),  Ryde,  Isle of Wight,  PO33 2NY  We are looking forward to our second visit to this garden. Full of interest and hopefully great tea and cakes again! Artists’ garden fantasy, developed over 8yrs, exploring the decorative qualities and ...

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Gardener needed tomorrow!

Help! We need a gardener tomorrow, Friday the 26th April, here on the Isle of Wight. A member of our team has unexpectedly had to dash to the mainland on compassionate leave.This is a great opportunity for someone to become a member of our team for a day.Get in contact with Craig on 07940 598145 [&h...

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Turf Work

Tulips and Daffodils planted in lawn                         Native and  naturalising Daffodils planted in bank Mass bulb planting in the Autumn Warren, laying the new turf. Plug planting wildflowers in to new turf Smaller garden, smaller new lawn. New turf, new trees, new mul...

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National Gardening Week 16- 22 April 2012

This week is National Gardening Week! Lead by the Royal Horticultural Society, it aims to promote gardening, gardeners and the importance of growing! For all ages, for all people, for all of the community. More details here: http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/Home.aspx Britain in Bloom – ...

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Easter Gardens open to visit

Heres a couple of gardens to visit this Easter time on the Isle of Wight. The weather may have changed this week, to a more seasonable chill and no doubt there will be some rain on the bank holidays this easter, but I am still hoping to get out and enjoy time away from work […]

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Good News: Stamp Price Hike!

Good News!In the news yesterday, and in the papers today, Royal Mail has the right to set its own prices for its stamps. And what do they do? A price hike; of course. First class will be 60p as from April, and 50p for Second. Its pretty clear the first class price will continue to […]

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It’s bin day

As I type I can hear the whirring and wheezing of the Islands brand new 61 plate waste trucks. Its bin day for our street. 3 months ago the Isle of Wight joined the mainland posse again, (it has been said the IOW is 10 years behind our neighbours in some respects, and with this […]

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The Healing Arts website launch

On the 6th March the Healing Arts- Isle of Wight NHS launched their new web site: http://www.iow.nhs.uk/healingarts C.A.R Gardens were invited to the launch at Quay Arts because of our involvement with the Chemotherapy garden at St Mary’s Hospital. We designed, built and presently maintain the...

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Daffodils following Crocus following Snowdrops

On my way back from meeting with a customer in Alverstone Garden Village, I drove home via Newchurch. A few days earlier Sukie Hillyard (who helps out with the National Garden Scheme on the Isle of Wight), recommended I paid the church yard in this village a visit. She told me it was the place [&hel...

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Breeding season for the birds in our gardens.

I just popped down stairs to make a cup of tea and whilst waiting for the kettle to boil i was captivated by a blue tit sizing up my neighbours bird box. Flitting to and fro, pecking at the hole and accessing the dangers.Wonderful to watch. Its turning to spring and the birds are turning […]

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Coming Soon…

This is where you’ll find our blog. But if you just can’t wait until then take a look at our old blog here.

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‘Views from a gardener’- a new photo album on our Facebook page

We’re creating a new photo album on our Facebook page. Its called ‘Views from a gardener’ and it will be a catalogue of  images that our gardeners have snapped along their way. Some of them will seem unseasonal perhaps, or maybe challenge the gardening text books, whilst others we...

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The London Work

The London work, a set on Flickr. We’re working on the portfolio- uploading examples of some of our older work to Flickr. (Previous to being located on the Isle of Wight, C.A.R. Gardens was based in N.W. London; now, they were different days)!Lots of photos to view here, and lots for us to org...

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Moving into 2012

The Team: David, Warren, Sam and Craig So, we are getting on track for the new year, that is 2012, by starting the day with a breakfast meeting at Olivio in Ryde. What a great excuse to eat and drink more luxury, continuing in the spirit of Christmas and new year fun and excesses. (Oh, […]

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Happy New Year One and All

Heres to a fantastic 2012!

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Happy Christmas to All!

Wishing all our customers, supporters and followers a wonderful Christmas. See you in 2012

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Organic Cotton T-Shirts For Sale

Organic Cotton Ts. £16.00 Avaliable in various colours and sizes, for him, for her or for the kids! Silkscreened locally on the IOW with our great logo!

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