Blooming good displays : Wimborne pub celebrates after winning In Bloom award (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Blooming good displays : Wimborne pub celebrates after winning In Bloom award
A GREEN-fingered landlady has shared the secrets of her success after winning a prestigious award.
Margaret Kiff, who runs the Green Man in Wimborne with son Andrew, is celebrating after the venue won the award for best pub or restaurant in the South and South East in Bloom competition.
The pub is well-known locally for its colourful displays of flowers in hanging baskets and tubs.
Mrs Kiff, who has worked with her son at the Green Man since he took over in 2006, said: “I plant all the baskets at home and bring them down one at a time in the car on my lap.
“It takes about three working days to plant all the pots and containers on site too. We have about 15 hanging baskets, and after they’re done I put them out on the back patio in our garden to get some sunshine.”
She said the trick to the beautiful blooms festooning the pub is good sourcing – with one local retailer topping the list.
“I always go to Baskets and Blooms in Wimborne Market,” she said. “They’re based in Fordingbridge and they’re absolutely the best.”
The other secret was borrowed from celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh many years ago.
“I remember watching a television programme he was on a long time ago, and he said that as long as you’re getting the food to the roots, you’ll have big flowers,” Mrs Kiff said. “That’s my secret.”
Wimborne was also awarded a silver gilt medal in the competition for the second year in a row, narrowly missing out on first place to last year’s winner, Cranbrook in Kent.
Chairman of the Wimborne in Bloom committee Richard Nunn said: “I’d like to again thank everyone who has been involved this year and helped us to achieve such good results.”
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