Viola & Pansy Festival

Saturday  9th March  - Sunday  17th  March  2024

 

Viola and pansies are very important plants in our gardens. During the frosty months of winter and early spring, they are among the hardiest, longest flowering and most colourful plants we have. Violas are also uniquely able to fill that colour gap between our spring flowering plants and the summer bedding plants.

Meadow Croft has held Viola and Pansy Festivals every March since 2004. It is the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in the world, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world.

Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time. All the plants for the festival are grown by W.D Smith & Son, owners of Meadow Croft Garden Centre in their own glasshouses nearby, and then moved to the Garden Centre for the festival.

The past twenty years have seen surprising changes in the cultivars on display, not just new colours, or larger flowers, but very significant developments in the shape and habit of some new varieties. We now have plants that really do trail and spread, making them much more suitable for containers and hanging baskets.

Each year visitors to the festival play an important part, by voting for their favourite varieties from amongst those displayed. Each voter receives a free hot drink in our restaurant, Meadow Croft Kitchen. The votes are later counted and the ‘Top Ten’ Festival Favourites published in the gardening and trade press.

As a horticultural garden centre, we are keen to get the younger generations interested in gardening and inspire them to grow their own. Over the two weekends, we will be giving out a free Meadow Croft Goody Bag for all the children that come to the festival and vote for their festival favourites, as well as having entertainment such as face painting, live music, craft stalls and much more!

Come along to the Viola and Pansy Festival next March to vote for your favourites.

 

         

 


Previous Pansy & Viola Winners 

2023

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Tiger Eye Yellow
2nd Pansy Mystique Moonlight
3rd Viola Sorbet XP Pink Halo
4th Viola Corina White Purple Wing
5th Pansy Panola XP Beaconsfield
6th Viola Sorbet XP Morpho
7th Pansy Cats Purple and White 
8th Viola Bel Viso Blue Beacon
9th Pansy Carrera Azure
10th= Viola Bel Viso Pineapple
10th= Viola Bel Viso Victoriana

 

2022

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Bel Viso Orange Jump Up
2nd Viola Rocky Violet Blue
3rd Viola Rocky Orange with Purple Wing
4th Viola Corina White Purple Wing
5th Viola Bel Viso  Blueberry Swirl
6th Viola Bel Viso Pineapple Crush
7th Viola Deltini Honeybee
8th Pansy Cello Deep Orange w/ Blotch
9th Pansy Delta Blue with Blotch
10th= Viola Rocky Orange with Purple Wing Improved
10th=  Pansy Power Patricia

 

2021

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Bel Viso Pineapple Crush
2nd Viola Bel Viso Yellow Jump Up
3rd Viola Sorbet Tiger Eye
4th Viola Deltini Copperfield
5th Viola Quicktime Mickey
6th Viola Rocky Orange with Purple Wing
7th Viola Tiger Eye Red
8th Viola Bel Viso Lemon Rose Wing
9th Viola Grandissimo Berry Pie
10th Viola Corina White Rose Wing

 

Image of Tiger Eye Yellow

 


Our Spring & Easter ranges have arrived
It’s #NationalNextBoxWeek
Meadow Croft Garden Centre held our annual quiz night on Friday and this year’s charity was Muscular Dystrophy.

Two of our casual staff, Leah and Daisy are running the London Marathon in April for this charity which is close to their hearts.

With all the fantastic support from staff, family and friends the girls managed to raise a whopping £2500 on the night, so a HUGE thank you to all.
Be a Greener Gardener
It's National Nest Box Week!
Our Half Term Mini Golf Offer is back!! ⛳️ ⁠

Children get a meal & fruit shoot at Meadow Croft Kitchen, then you can head to The 10th Hole for a sweet treat and a game of golf - ALL FOR JUST £10. ⁠

HOW TO REDEEM ⁠
1. Get seated at Meadow Croft Kitchen ⁠
2. When placing your food order, please let your server know you are ⁠ordering the mini golf meal deal. ⁠
3. Once you have finished & paid for your meal, your server will give you a receipt to take to The 10th Hole and redeem your game of golf & sweet treat⁠

Valid Mon 19th Feb - Fri 23rd Feb only ⁠

HAVE FUN! ⛳️
⭐️ We are Recruiting ⭐️⁠

Marketing Co-ordinator⁠
Fixed Term - Part-time 3 days per week⁠

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Marketing Co-ordinator. The main purpose of the role is to promote the garden centre, its product(s) and its services in line with Company ethos, objectives and business aims. This will include planning and developing marketing ideas and activities across the garden centre, including those on all social media platforms. Working closely with the management/events team to market all Company events, and support with the scheduling of such marketing to optimise engagement and develop the marketing strategy for the garden centre in line with Company objectives.⁠

Normal hours of work are 8.45am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday. This vacancy is a fixed term, maternity cover (with a possible extension) over 3 day per week.⁠

To apply, or for more information about the role, please visit www.meadow-croft.co.uk/careers or email recruitment@meadow-croft.co.uk. Applications must include a CV together with a covering letter, detailing why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, together with your availability. In line with GDPR and our Job Application Privacy Notice, please do not apply through Facebook or any other social media platform.
National Nest Box begins tomorrow!
⭐️ Would you like to join a family run business? ⭐️⁠

We're looking for a Sales Assistant (Plant Area)⁠
Permanent – Full-time.⁠

We are currently recruiting for a Sales Assistant to work in our Plants team as well as working within the German Market. The role will involve assisting customers and offering advice on products across the plant department and within the German Market. It will also include restocking product lines, assisting with the pricing of stock and deliveries, together with general cleaning and maintenance tasks, to ensure the highest standard of presentation across the garden centre. It is really important to us that the successful candidate fits in with our family run business ethos which is to always be professional yet friendly and welcoming.⁠

Normal hours of work are 8.45am – 5.00pm (with some flexibility needed). To include weekend work on a rota basis.⁠

To apply, or for more information about the role, please visit www.meadow-croft.co.uk/careers or email recruitment@meadow-croft.co.uk. Applications must include a CV together with a covering letter, detailing why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, together with your availability. In line with GDPR and our Job Application Privacy Notice, please do not apply through Facebook or any other social media platform.⁠

Please note that we will be interviewing as and when we receive suitable applications, so there is no set closing date for this position. Early applications are encouraged.⁠

#recruitment #familyrun #meadowcroftgardencentre⁠
Our 10th Hole is back open for the school holidays!
Don't forget it's the last day of #NationalNestBoxWeek

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