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Events

Find out what's going at St. John's for children, adults and families, plus regular gardening tips and features.

PAST EVENTS

6 Mar
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Mother’s ‘SPECIAL’ Day

Give mum a treat with a ‘growing gift’ to treasure. Orchids for the home give delight all year round.
We have other flowering plants available for this weekend, some great 2 for 1 discounts.
African Violet £2.99 each
or 2 for £5.00
Cyclamen £5.99 each
or 2 for £10.00
+ many more.

7 Mar
British-Pie-Week

British Pie Week

A different pie each day. All pies made in our kitchen by Shaun or Mike - and they would love your feedback.
Mon: beef, baby onion, Guinness
Tues: chicken, leek, bacon
Wed: spicy check pea, sweet potato
Thurs: lamb, mint, apricot
Fri: beef, stilton, mushroom
Sat: salmon, spinach, cream cheese, egg

19 Mar
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Orchid Festival

Indulge at this fabulous flower weekend on 19th/20th when many of the well known orchids start to grow new shoots. Varieties such as the Moth Orchid, Cymbidiums, Dendrodiums, Miltonia and many more.
See our range on display during March and get advice on how to keep these plants looking good.

19 Mar
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Fabulous Orchid Arch

Check out our impressive orchid arch by the café entrance - now on display. Just shows how impressive these flowering plants can be. You might even produce your own version at home, as we have plenty of orchids for you to browse and buy.

25 Mar
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Easter Weekend

Chef has just announced that we will have freshly baked hot cross buns appearing at 10am on Good Friday and Easter Saturday in the café... form an orderly queue please! And don't forget the butter!
Treat the family after you browse around the store this holiday weekend.

13 Apr
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The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration – red, white & blue plant display

Coming soon and honouring the Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. We will upload a picture of the display when launched.

24 May
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2016 Chelsea Flower Show New Plants – featuring Chrysanthemum ‘Charlotte’

Five NEW plants featured here at the garden centre including 'Charlotte' Chrysanthemum - £3.99 each | 3 for £10.00; Petunia 'Night Sky' £2.99; Osteospermum 'Serenity Blue Eye' £6.99; Bidens 'Bee Dance' £2.99; Cosmos 'Xanthos' £2.49.

28 May
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James Wellbeloved In-store Nutritional Pet Event Saturday 28th May

Advice for your favourite pet friend during this Saturday - with nutritional help, special offers and money off vouchers. Come and chat with our experts and find out how you can improve and maintain your pets nutrition.

9 Jul
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Super-Duper Summer Special Saturday 9th July

A super summer special for children and the family! Glitter tattoos : Captain Coconut entertains : Balloon flowers : Kiddies fair rides : Make a hanging basket : Hot Dogs : Ice cream Soda : Cream teas.
Note: Some activities may not be running - check with us to avoid disappointment.

6 Aug
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North Devon Woodturners 25th Anniversary Exhibition Saturday 6th August

Book this date in your diary, to view, admire and buy selected items from this exhibition. You will also be able to obtain advice on woodturning courses available locally with experienced crafts people. Start a new hobby!

10 Sep
Crop of vegetables. Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other vegetables.

Autumn Horticultural Show 10th-11th September

The very best in local produce from the Barnstaple & District Horticultural Society - marvel at the giant veg, exquisite flowers and displays, food and handicraft. Follow the judging on the Saturday. All the displays are open for the public to enjoy.

1 Oct
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Christmas display…

Now open and a 'must see' for all Christmas watchers - it's never too early.

Check out all the fabulous traditional and contemporary baubles, decorations and lights. Fantastic artificial trees of all sizes, shapes and prices. Table display features, toys and gifts + loads more.

8 Oct
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St.John’s Wildlife Weekend Saturday 8th-Sunday 9th October

One of our favourite annual weekends - and yours too by the numbers that attend. Already booked are the owls, hawks and Prof St.John with his kiddies craft. Keep a look out for more animal interest to be added nearer the time.

18 Nov
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Santa Arrives Friday 18 November 5.30pm

Get ready to meet and greet Santa! Arriving on his horse drawn sleigh - Rudolph and his mates are otherwise engaged. Santa in his grotto from 6pm for the children - £6.00 for a visit which includes 2 gifts. Kiddies rides, balloon animals, Captain Coconut, and huskies to hug during the evening.

18 Nov
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Santa’s in town!

From Friday 18th November Santa will be in his grotto every weekend until and including December 24th. He is also around weekdays during the Christmas holidays - check the website or in store for details.

24 Nov
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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is a wow! Just for fun try our reindeer quiz on your way through to Santa's Grotto. Or perch on our Giant Santa Chair for a family or face book photo - just be careful with the kiddies that they don't fall off!

24 Dec
2017

St.John’s Opening

Our Christmas Opening Hours:
Sat 24 Dec 9am-4pm
CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED
BOXING DAY CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec 9am-4pm
Wed 28-Fri 29 Dec 9am-5.30pm
Sat 31 Dec 9am-4pm
NEW YEAR'S DAY CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan 9am-4pm
Tues 3 Jan Normal Hours
The café closes half an hour before the store

1 Feb
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Name a Guide Dog

Our customers gave £3,500 pounds over Christmas for GUIDE DOGS - thank you! Take this opportunity in store to name a new Guide Dog puppy. Just drop £1.00 in the collection 'dog' and slot your name suggestion in the box provided.
A name will be chosen in early March from those supplied.

14 Feb
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Valentines Day 14 February

Give a growing gift to the one you love on Valentines Day. The choice is huge, the quality impressive and our prices are very accommodating. And chocolates only last a very short while! OK, a fabulous orchid and a box of chocolates - all bases covered. Men like them too!

1 Mar
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Mother’s Day 26 March

Pamper your mum this Sunday with a carvery lunch in our conservatory restaurant and a growing gift of an orchid or house plant - she deserves your attention for the day. St.John's gift cards are also available for mum to select her own plant or garden product of her choice.

18 Mar
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Propagation & Potatoes

An opportunity to see demonstrations of all forms of seed sowing - division, cutting, etc. Learn how to propagate your plant for the new season. Find out about the wide range of potatoes you can plant, starting with Earlies through to Main Crop. What's best for chips, mash, salad and roast?

14 Apr
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Easter Weekend Store Hours (click to see)

During the Easter weekend our opening hours are as follows:
GOOD FRIDAY 9am-5pm
SATURDAY 9am-5pm
EASTER SUNDAY CLOSED
MONDAY 9am-5pm

22 Apr
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Lawn Care & Fertilisers

How can I improve my lawn? Using the correct variety of grass seed and feed will improve your lawn and existing grass can be improved by applying fertiliser incorporating moss and weed killer. Fertiliser gives all plants extra nourishment, but there are so many varieties. Ask our experts for advice.

1 May
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Hanging Baskets 20-21 May

Hanging baskets, tubs and bedding plants.
Have you made hanging baskets before? Come along to this weekend and see live demonstrations of how to put your basket together. Get advise on the correct compost to use and which varieties of plant are best and the 'new' ones for 2017.

4 Jun
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Bee & Honey Weekend 3rd-4th June

The North Devon Beekeepers are once again here for the weekend with their display of 'bee' products - honey, candles etc. Also plenty of opportunity for advice and information about bee keeping from the experts. See our bee and insect friendly plants available for your garden.

8 Jul
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Garden Furniture event 8th-9th July

A weekend to browse, sit-on and select a single piece of furniture or suite for your patio or conservatory. Bistro sets for 2 or a large family table, and chairs for 8. We are slashing prices on selected items, so spot the yellow offer display cards and grab yourself a bargain whilst you can.

5 Aug
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North Devon Woodturner’s Show 5th August

This impressive annual craft event is again hosted by St.John's Garden Centre. Delicate small pots, giant rustic bowls, boxes, goblets, platters and wooden fruit. Try your hand at woodturning during the day and ask the experts for advice on courses available. There will be selected items for sale.

9 Sep
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B&DHS Autumn Horticultural Show 9th-10th September

Hosted by St.John's the Annual Barnstaple & District Horticultural Society Show is a fabulous feature over this weekend. It is a 'must see' for all vegetable and flower growers. Displaying the best in local produce, including honey, floral arrangements and crafts. Prize giving is on the Sunday.

7 Oct
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St.John’s Wildlife Weekend 7th-8th October

This is one of our favourite family weekends with things to see and do for everyone. More details to follow soon but forsure we will have the owls and hawks with us again and Prof St.John with his kiddies craft work to make and take home. So, book the dates now and we'll see you later!

17 Nov
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Special visitor coming! Friday 17 November 5.30pm

Can you guess who guess?
It's autumn now so not too long to wait!
Full details on our Christmas Winter Wonderland web page from around late October.

17 Nov
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Santa’s Grotto is open!

Santa is now in his grotto and will be here for all the boys and girls, mums and dads. He would love to meet you and you can visit him every weekend up until Christmas day and some weekdays in December. Check out his diary on the Winter Wonderland webpage or see the days and times in store.

2 Dec
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ROYAL CANIN Pet Nutrition Day 2nd Dec

Come along to our Pet Nutrition Day at St.John's 2nd December. FREE prize draw on the day to win a 3-4kg bag of Royal Canin dog or cat food worth up to £32.00. Draw will take place at 4pm on the day and the winner will be contacted by a member of the pet department at St.John's.

18 Dec
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Store Seasonal Opening Times

December
Sunday 24 | 10.30am-3.30pm
Monday 25 | CLOSED
Tuesday 26 | CLOSED
Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 | 9am-5pm
Sunday 31 | 10.30am-3.30pm

January 2018
Monday 1 | CLOSED
Tuesday 2 | 9am-5.30pm

1 Jan
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SALE – up to 40% off selected Christmas decorations

Up to 40% off selected Christmas decorations - for a time limited period only. Also browse our sale table inside main entrance for bargains of all types. All items whilst stocks last or until the sale is ended.
So grab a bargain!

27 Jan
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RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 27-29 January

Take part in this annual BIG Garden Birdwatch.
Get all the details and downloads from
https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

10 Feb
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Saintpaulia (African Violet) weekend

A celebration of this wonderful flowering indoor plant. Come and see the variety and purchase for yourself or as a gift for someone. Vibrant plain colours, variegated and frilly edged. Mother's Day is Sunday 11 March so grab a gift to give.

11 Mar
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Mother’s Day Sunday 11 March

The best plants, flowers, shrubs, gifts and Sunday Carvery - all at St.John's Garden Centre. The good news is we have all this on offer every weekend, but Mother's Day is of course special - give your mum a treat!

17 Mar
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St.John’s Orchid Weekend 17-18 March

Our annual weekend for all things orchid! Come and find out all about these fabulous flowering plants. The different types available, potting instructions, compost, liquid feed and maintenance. Pick up a fact sheet to help you look after them for years to come.

30 Mar
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Easter Weekend 30 March-2 April

Come and share the Easter weekend with us. The plant department is stack full of fabulous shrubs and plants for your 2018 garden and the store has a great range of Easter gifts for all ages. Then enjoy a family snack or meal in our conservatory café. We are closed Easter Sunday.

14 Apr
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Dogs Trust Dogmobile 14-15 April at St.John’s

We are hosting the Dogs Trust this weekend, with their dogmobile. Come and support this charity and find out how you can help and gather information on what they do. The local Dogs Trust centre is near Ilfracombe.

19 May
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Cats Protection weekend 19-20 May

Join us for this weekend as we support the Cats Protection charity by promoting there work. Find out how you can help and enquire about sponsoring, micro-chipping, neutering and inoculations. Our feline friends need protecting.

19 May
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Hanging Baskets event 19-20 May

This is our popular annual weekend when you can pick up tips on how to prepare, plant and maintain your hanging baskets for the summer season. Get free advice and see the choice of hangers, baskets, soil and plants that we have ready and waiting for you to create your own little garden in the air.

2 Jun
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Honey & Bee Weekend 2-3 June

Local beekeepers are here for the weekend with their extremely tasty local honey to buy. See the bees in a glass fronted hive, spot the Queen bee and browse the bee accessories on display - candles, books etc. Ask for advice and info on all things bee from the experts.

24 Jun
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North Devon AONB Marathon Sunday 24 June

This full and half marathon is again taking place in glorious North Devon in the area of Woolacombe. Billed as the toughest and most beautiful race in the UK. The marathon is sponsored by St.John's Garden Centre and in aid of The North Devon Hospice in Barnstaple. Best of luck to all the runners!

14 Jul
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Pilton Art Group Exhibition 14-15 July

This weekend we are hosting a local Arts Group from Pilton Barnstaple. Come and browse their members work. Some of the art will be for sale and it might encourage you to pick up a paint brush or start another craft - pottery, sculpture, etc. The event will have artists here for advice.

4 Aug
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North Devon Woodturners Show Saturday 4 August

The annual local woodturners show at the garden centre. Browse the fine exhibits, marvel at the craft and try your hand at some simple woodturning. Advice from the experts available. Some woodturning items for sale.

8 Sep
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Autumn Horticultural Show 8-9 September

The annual vegetable, flower, cake and craft show. We are hosting Barnstaple & District Horticultural Association Autumn Show. Always a great event and full of amazing products and produce. Fully open to the public to view and enjoy and the prizes and awards are given out on the Sunday afternoon.

1 Oct
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Then there were 2!

St. John's has multiplied! Ashford (Barnstaple) has joined the fold. We are in the process of updating most things - it will take time. The Garden Room restaurant is having a make-over, particularly the kitchen. Great cakes and drinks abound still and a full food menu will be available shortly.

13 Oct
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St.John’s Wildlife Weekend 13-14 October

Our very popular family Wildlife Weekend event. Come and find out about Birds, Bees - in their glass fronted hive, local Bats and other wildlife in lovely North Devon. Prof St.John is also here with his craft work for kids - to make and take away. We look forward to having fun together!

15 Oct
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St.John’s Christmas in-store from 1st October

Our staff have been working really hard this year (they do every year) to present you with a fabulous display of all things festive. There will be something for everyone so as soon as you can pay us a visit. The theme is 'Christmas around the World' and showing is our South American bauble.

23 Nov
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Santa will be here Friday 23 November 5.30pm

Not long to wait now! Our fabulous 'Santa Arrives Night' will be happening on Friday 23 November. Come early to enjoy the atmosphere, fair rides and fun. Santa arrive on his horse drawn sleigh at 5.30pm. Capt Coconut and the Bubble Queen are with us plus brilliant ballon animals to take home.

23 Nov
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Santa is here – see dates when he is in his grotto!

See Santa's grotto diary dates on our Winter Wonderland page. While waiting to see Santa try our 'just for fun' Christmas baubles quiz and enjoy the snowy trees, lights and tableau craft shops. Then get a drink or snack in our festive decorated café.

1 Jan
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SALE up to 40% OFF Christmas decorations

After the Christmas period we have our annual sale of decorations. Some are up to 40% off the normal price. Please browse the selection for the best offers. Stock up for next Christmas while you can. When the items are gone... they are gone!