Garden centre helps young people usher in spring with sunflowers

By Barrie Hudson - 2 March 2023


Swindon's Dobbies garden centre will host a special sunflower-growing session for its Little Seedlings Club on Sunday, 5 March.

Children aged four to 10 will learn at its Hyde Road store how to grow sunflowers and inject some sunshine into gardens.

Dobbies' Little Seedlings Club offers educational activities giving children a greater appreciation for the nature, plants, and wildlife around them. 

Sarah Murray, Dobbies’ Partnership and Events Manager said: "Our Little Seedling Club is really popular as we strive to inspire and encourage young people and families in Swindon to enjoy gardening, no matter the space they have.

"Sunflowers are fantastic for city, coastal and cottage gardens, ideal for beds, borders and pots, making them great for all.

"We’ll be encouraging our club members to measure their Sunflowers as they grow and keep their fellow Little Seedlings updated each month!”

Dobbies says March is a great time to get the gardening gloves on and start sowing seeds to help brighten outside space.

The Super Sunflowers workshop will cover the history of these striking blooms which can grow up to 10 feet tall, what they represent, their influence on art, and their significance for gardens and wildlife. Dobbies' horticultural experts will educate the children on how to successfully sow and plant a sunflower seed, and give care tips.

Children will also learn about how sunflowers can survive in space, how edible sunflowers can be enjoyed in recipes, and the nutritional value, vitamins and minerals that come from the plant. Participants will also get to taste test sunflower seeds.

Advance booking is required to secure a free spot at Dobbies’ March Little Seedlings Club session. Details can be found at 


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