Easy-Going, Great Value Plants for New Gardeners

by Susan A. Tindall These are plants that require very little in the way of maintenance. They should all be a reliable presence in your garden for many years and serve as good foundation plants while your taste and garden style evolve. Considered in terms of one’s wardrobe they generally represent everyday wear rather than

Edward’s Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is called Edward’s to celebrate the contribution that our late father, Edward (Ted) Stewart, made to Stewarts and the gardening industry. Ted Stewart (left) standing in front of a Mosquito Bomber Edward (Ted) Stewarts flew Mosquito Bombers in Burma during WWII. He returned to England to find the family business on its

Mother’s Day

By Kayleigh Slapp Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as it is more traditionally known, is a celebration honouring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. In Britain the date of Mother’s Day is not fixed but it always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which in 2017 is on

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow yourself, and they have such a wide range of uses. You don’t need a large garden for these, in fact, you can grow them in containers so you don’t need ANY garden! There are three main types of potato, each of which have their own requirements.


In October we polled our social media followers on which they preferred; the Devonshire scone with cream first and jam on top, or the Cornish scone, with the cream layered on after the jam. It was tense, but the general consensus was that jam should be added before cream. Scones are one of the most

Finding the right bird box

By Sam Stewart Before a bird builds a nest there are many different elements that need to be considered. Just like us humans building a house, it’s foundations are of the upmost importance. Unlike us however, birds have the added element of predators to consider. Building a strong and safe nest that’s protected from both

How to Decorate the Perfect Christmas Tree

By Angela Fisk, Christmas/Outdoor Plants, Christchurch My favourite time of year seems to come round so quickly. Dark evenings and chilly mornings firmly indicate christmas is fast approaching. Whether you have opted for a fresh real tree or an artificial tree, the concept remains the same. I always start at the bottom of the tree,

Chris’ Christmas Dinner

By Chris Allen, Second Chef, Christchurch The countdown to christmas has begun, with the start of festivities only a few short weeks away. This year take the hassle out of the holiday season with a little help from the christmas fairies (chefs) here at Stewarts. Here is a step by step guide on how to

Looking After Your Poinsettia

By Becky Terry, Houseplants Christchurch First introduced to The United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett from which it got its name. The poinsettia was once commonly used by the Aztecs using its purple dye in cosmetics and clothing, while its milky sap (latex) was also used for medical purposes to treat fevers. (Nowadays

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