Fathers Day18 Aug 2018 Read More
Enjoy a family fun day at Cockington Green with dad on Father's Day. Dad gets in FREE and gets a FREE train ride!! ..
If you enjoyed your visit to Cockington Green Gardens, why not become a Multi Pass Holder, bring the family any time of the year as often as you like. For those of you who love the Miniature Steam Train, we give everyone named on the pass a FREE Steam Train ride EVERY visit. We offer a selection of discounts in all areas of Cockington Green, so you can enjoy leisurely morning / afternoon teas and lazy lunches. If you have a green thumb and wish to purchase some of our plants for yourself or as a gift we offer a discount here as well. Bring your guests when they arrive in town and get a 20% discount on Admission Fees, it all helps to make entertaining the family and friends a little more affordable. There is lots to do in the Gold Creek Precinct, you can easily spend an enjoyable day in this area. The Multi Pass also offers discounts in the Gold Creek Village along with other associated businesses. Text
A new technique for Cockington Green Gardens is being trialled on our Jacqueline Hillier Elm this year. This Bonsai style is called “Hollow Trunk” (Uro style) sometimes known as Hobbit Trees. The hollowed-out area is called a Sabamiki. This is the first “Bonsai” technique that Cockington Green has used in the display. We expect this process to take several years of careful pruning and tending before we can see the final results. This week the exposed wood that was created after the carving out process was done has been treated with a solution of lime sulphur and India ink. The lime sulphur is a preservative and prevents wood rot. The ink tints the lime sulphur turning it from a chalky white to a dark grey when it dry’s. This is a unique way to add to a garden when the right tree becomes available and provided you have the patience and willingness to take on a new but rewarding project. ..
Our resident model-making team are showing their sense of humour once again. They have been “hard at work” creating our own miniature Cockington Green Gardens fab-four rock band. These wild and wonderful characters are called the “CryoGenic Gecko”. Who knows, they might even get a gig before kick-off at the next championship game at the Cockington Green Gardens football stadium. This creative display can be seen in the workshop window, come and have a look for your selves and tell us what you think.
The original Braemar Castle was built in 1628 by John Erskine, the 18th Earl of Mar. Its main purpose was to defend the Mar estates from the neighbouring Farquharson clan of Inverey. Braemar Castle is a site to behold with all its battlement towers and turrets protected with a star-shaped curtain wall. In bringing as much authenticity as possible to the display, our model makers have now finished duplicating the star-shaped curtain wall and placed it around our miniature version of this spectacular castle. It took approximately 250 hours to construct these walls. It looks amazing and now completes our replication of the original structure.
Winter is a great time in the garden to get those jobs done around the shed that need doing to prepare for the coming spring. Tool maintenance is always a great place to start. Check handles for splinters and cracks. A rub over with some sandpaper and a coat of timber oil will help with splinters. Cracked or broken handles can be replaced with new ones from the hardware store. A wire brush is a great way to clean spades, shovels and other digging tools of the rust and soil build up, a quick rub over with engine oil will help with rust prevention and preserve those expensive tools. Pruners and loppers can be cleaned and sharpened in preparation for those late winter pruning jobs. Winter is also a great time to have mowers or any power equipment serviced don’t wait until you really need them before having them serviced or repaired. Mower shops are not as busy in the winter and as the grass is not growing a couple of weeks in the shop won’t be an issue. Take the time to do a stock take of your garden chemicals and fertilizes. Purchase new ones if required, also do a bit of research on the chemicals you have, some may be out of date or even banned from use now. With a good tidy up in the shed and serviced tools you will be ready for the wonderful spring ahead.