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Look forward to a fantastic year in your garden with Bypass Nurseries! ‘great ideas to get you growing’



elcome to the Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre magazine - we hope you enjoy it and find it useful, interesting and inspiring.

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lthough we provide far more than a traditional garden centre, we’ve held onto the positive values you’d associate with an independent family-run business - we offer great products at great prices and excellent service provided by friendly, knowledgeable staff. And we like to get involved in our community too, supporting a variety of charitable causes and projects in local schools.


e hope you enjoy our magazine and feel inspired to visit us soon...

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f you’ve visited us recently you’ll already know that we offer so much more than a traditional garden centre - if you haven’t visited us before, or haven’t been in for a while, you might be surprised by the number of departments and the enormous range of goods that we now offer for our customers’ homes, their lifestyles and of course for their gardens!

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Garden Furniture BBQs and Patio Heating Garden Ornaments Vitavia Greenhouses Hutchinsons Garden Buildings

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Cascade Swimming Pools SEHBAC Home Improvements

Indoor Plants The Kitchen Shop Zigis Fireplaces Turner Interiors

Your Lifestyle Speciality Food Department Cards & Confectionery

The Gift Shop The Craft Shop

Valeting Centre & Hand Car Wash Rats, Cats & Elephants Pet & Aquatic Centre The Harvest Moon Cafe

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Charity Evening Friday 2nd December

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The Perfect Gift

Looking for a special and individual gift? Visit our Gift Shop - we have a huge range of gifts, so no matter what age you’re buying for, or whatever the occasion might be, we’re bound to have something that’s just right! We have a huge selection of gifts, including… Gifts for children Gifts for the nursery & new baby Glass, pottery & ornamental gifts Gifts for special occasions & celebrations Delicious gifts for foodies Gifts galore for gardeners Plus all those lovely items that make our homes truly personal - and gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas too!

Next time you’re in need of that special something - come and take a look at our Gift Shop.

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Spring is the season of promise... Starting with a profusion of colourful spring bulbs that rid us of the drab, seemingly colourless months of Winter and ending in longer, warmer days that hint at the Summer to come. Spring is the busiest time of the year in the garden... It’s the time to prepare for the Summer months when we’ll really be able to enjoy the colour, the scents, the produce - and get the chance to relax in our gardens and entertain family and friends. But it’s not all about preparing for later in the year, lots of plants are at their very best in Spring, including...

Daffodils, Crocuses, Fritillaria, Tulips, Wallflowers and Wisteria

Grow potatoes

The humble potato has to be the unsung hero of the vegetable world. One of the easiest vegetables to grow, they are also extremely versatile as well as being very tasty and great sources of vitamin C, minerals, fibre and starch. Plant and care for your potatoes following our planting guide and you’ll give yours the very best chance of yielding a bumper crop which, with careful storage, could last you until it’s time to plant again next year!

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Prepare your soil Potatoes can be grown in practically every type of soil - prepare your ground by digging it over and then rake roughly level.

Prepare your planting trench Mark out your first trench using a line and dig along this to half a spade (6”) depth. Add some fertiliser such as composted manure or pelleted chicken manure. Plant your potatoes As you place your seed potatoes into your trench, make sure that you plant them 9” apart with the rose end (the end with the most ‘eyes’) upwards. Then use your rake to back-fill your trench using the soil you excavated earlier. Repeat this process, spacing your rows 18” apart, until all your seed potatoes are planted.


Prune bushes and shrubs to encourage new growth. Clear debris, old stems and weeds from beds and borders and mulch with compost or bark Plant summer-flowering bulbs.


Edge and feed your lawn. Sow greenhouse vegetable crops. Spray roses against disease and be vigilant for signs of pests. Prune spring-flowering shrubs once flowering is finished.


Top Tips for Potato Care

Feed and top-dress your acid-loving plants such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias with ericaceous plant food and compost. Earth up your potatoes. Plant salad crops successionally to ensure a regular supply.

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. Doug Larson

Hoe any weeds as soon as they emerge. When your potato plants show through the soil, earth them up. Repeat the earthing up process as your potato plants grow so that your potato tubers remain covered in soil. Water liberally in dry weather. For a full guide to choosing varieties of potato, planting seed potatoes, tips to care for your growing crop and some interesting potato facts visit

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Foodie Heaven

Satisfy your appetite for great food with a visit to one of our foodie departments - or really indulge your taste buds with a visit to both!

The Kitchen Shop Our Kitchen Shop offers a delightful range of kitchenware, cookware, utensils, food storage and presentation in styles to suit different tastes, from the very traditional to the very contemporary. So whether you’re looking for something specific, looking for inspiration or a special house-warming gift, we’re sure to have what you need – and quite a few things you may not have thought of! And when you’ve found whatever you need to help prepare, store or serve something delicious, take a look in our speciality food department for some truly wonderful ingredients...

Speciality Foods If you appreciate good food and have a taste for the finer things in life, you’ll love our wonderful range of speciality foods! Made using top quality ingredients, with a passion for excellence and sensational flavours, our speciality foods include jams, chutneys, sauces and marinades – and lots more.

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The Craft Shop Craft Supplies The Craft Shop is a real favourite with crafts people near and far - it’s so much more than somewhere that stocks an incredible range of craft supplies catering for a wealth of different craft interests… Decoupage Card making Knitting

Drawing Painting Parchment

Whatever your craft interests you’re sure to feel at home - we cater for crafters of all ages and abilities – and our staff are on hand to give expert advice from their own practical experience.

New Ideas Whether you’re new to the wonderfully engaging world of crafts or a seasoned crafts-person looking for new ideas and inspiration... Join us for one of our ever popular Workshops and Free Demonstrations.

Decopatch - the crafty way to up-cycle old and unloved items.

Great for anything from ornaments to pieces of furniture - ask in store or visit our website for details.

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NEW A new world of intelligent watering solutions Automatically water your garden at sunrise or sunset, or both! The integral light sensor automatically adjusts watering to changing sunrise and sunset times to deliver a pre-set programme of 10 minutes. The watering duration is adjustable, and the Sensor Controller Plus includes additional frequency options, from daily to once a week. A “Water Now” override button features in both controllers allowing you to water the garden yourself at your convenience.

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‘Easy Drip’ Kits An innovative new drip system which is easy to adapt, control and extend. Its limited number of components makes understanding and installing the system easy. Modular kits allow you to easily grow your system. Simple to build from scratch or add to an existing system.

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Summer The lazy days of Summer are what gardens are meant for... If you prepared well in Spring, you should be able to sit back and enjoy your garden come the Summer months. There’s less work to do - it’s really a time for nurturing and maintenance, a time of feeding, watering, pruning and dead-heading to ensure that your garden keeps looking at its best, and that any crops you have sown deliver a bountiful harvest. Although there’s still work to do - make time to really enjoy your garden and the wildlife it attracts at this time of year. A great many plants are at their showiest during the summer months - a few of our favourites include...

Dahlias, Sunflowers, Fuschias, Petunias, Geraniums and Passionflowers

Feed and water fruit, vegetables, containers and baskets. Plant out tender vegetables and Summer bedding plants.


Prune hedges now that birds have finished nesting.

A quick guide to dead-heading roses. Roses are an iconic garden flower and they benefit from regular dead-heading. In the case of roses you can dead-head for more flowers, or to encourage a more pleasing shape to your plant – the two techniques are different and here we’re concentrating on deadheading to promote flowering – we’ll write about plant shaping on another occasion.

Always make dead-heading and pruning cuts to roses at an angle of about 45 degrees – this will ensure that rain and water cannot sit on the wound and cause rot.

Encourage new flowers by dead-heading regularly. If it’s dry, raise mower blades to keep grass longer, and greener!

Dead-head well and you’ll be rewarded with lots more flower buds and ultimately more beautiful roses!


Prune wisteria to encourage new flowering spurs for next year.

‘Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability’

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Removing fading flowers by dead-heading encourages your plants to continue flowering to attract pollinators – which means that you can continue to enjoy more beautiful flowers and great looking plants. While dead-heading isn’t complicated, it is important to use the right technique for the type of plant you’re working on and the right tools for the job, which include fingers, horticultural scissors and secateurs.

Take hold of a faded bloom, follow its stem to the node where it joins the parent stem – make sure that this stem doesn’t contain any buds that are yet to flower, and then cut it off with a sharp pair of secateurs.

Lift and divide overgrown clumps of bulbs.

Keep your fruit and vegetable plants supported as necessary to avoid damage.

The floral displays that we enjoy in our gardens are part of our plants’ reproductive cycle. To produce seeds for the next generation, plants need to attract pollinators such as bees - once pollinated the flower’s task is complete and they fade away - the plant then puts all of its energy into seed development and even the foliage can start to wilt.

Rose blooms that are passed their best are easy to identify, and it’s a good idea to dead-head them before they drop their petals and make the garden look untidy.


Prune Summer-flowering shrubs once flowering is finished.

Prolong your display...

You’ll find lots more information about the different techniques needed for a range of different plants, including Petunias, Begonias and Pelargoniums in the BPN Prime section of our website at

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Top Tips from our experts... Marcus - Outdoor Plants Extreme cold, high winds and excessive rain can give our plants a hard time - but there’s a simple answer. Planting in pots allows you to control your plant’s environment - simply moving the pot can prevent overwatering, provide shelter from wind and reduce the risk of frost damage.

Tina - Indoor Plants If you want to enjoy beautiful, healthy indoor plants - and who doesn’t - water them with natural rainwater. Your indoor plants will really appreciate the lack of chemicals which are present in tapwater and the abundance of rainwater means that it’s really easy to give them what they need.

Mark - Furniture & BBQs When thinking about stylish casual dining furniture for use outdoors - bear in mind that it’ll also be ideal for the conservatory and elsewhere. Using furniture in this multi-purpose way means that you’ll be able to enjoy it all year long.

Sandra - Craft Shop One of the great things about crafting - and an important thing for beginners to remember - is there really is no right or wrong way to craft your work.

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Ronnie - Garden Sundries Spray roses with Fungus Fighter as soon as the first leaves appear, and repeat two weeks later if black spot and rust are a problem in your garden. Use Winter Wash on dormant fruit trees and bushes to prevent insect eggs overwintering and causing havoc in Spring.

Remember that prevention is better than cure!

Gill - Bedding Plants My top tip for bedding plant success is simple... Always use fresh compost, water new plants well - and keep them watered! Do this and your plants will repay you with a fantastic display.

Keri - Wildlife & Bird Shop Feeding wild birds helps them to survive - and in return they’ll help you by consuming lots of garden pests and by providing interest and enjoyment... But don’t think for a moment that they only need feeding during the Winter months - it’s essential to feed wild birds all year round!

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Use a steamer for cooking vegetables they’ll be tastier and even more healthy. And if you use a tiered steamer you’ll be able to cook all your veg at once, saving hob space and energy too!

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Life Outdoors Garden Furniture Make the most of your outdoor spaces and enjoy yourself while relaxing or entertaining family and friends with our comfortable, stylish garden furniture. Whether you’re looking for family dining furniture, intimate bistro sets, luxurious loungers or comfortable benches, our fabulous furniture ranges offer something for everyone, at prices to suit all budgets, in a range of styles including... Resin Weave Metal Mesh Solid Timber Whatever style you’re looking for - come and take a look around - and try some of our garden furniture on for size!

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BBQs & Garden Heaters We stock a wide range of equipment dedicated to providing cooking facilities, soft light and warmth for extending those evenings...

Quality gas or charcoal barbecues Stylish clay or iron chimeneas Cosy fire pits Economical patio heaters We also stock a wide range of bbq accessories... Visit us to see the full range and get ready for your next garden party!

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Bypass Nurseries - A Family History

Bypass Nurseries was founded in 1937 by the current Managing Director’s father, David Fenwick, making us a true family business. In the early days our main activities were nursery growing, at our original site on the old Colchester ‘bypass’, from where we get our name! From this base the company grew and at one time there were Garden Shops in Colchester, Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and London.

We have always recognised that our customers are the most important influence upon our business and we strive to make every dealing with our company a positive and memorable experience. These photographs show some of our early work and a few of the workers who helped to make Bypass Nurseries what it is today.

The original nursery business soon diversified into the highly specialised area of seed growing – with a particular emphasis on primroses. At its height, the nursery was harvesting something in the region of 50 kilos of primrose seed under contract from companies in France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland. From our earliest days we’ve been committed to providing excellent quality, service and value to our customers, and our aim today is to provide the local communities in which we operate with superb quality plants and garden products and attractive ranges of garden furniture, BBQs, gifts and much more.

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Bypass Nurseries - In Your Community We’re committed to giving something back to the communities in which our customers live and work. We undertake a range of activities in our community, including raising funds for local charities, and we are particularly proud of the way in which we make great use of our expertise to help schools and nurseries to promote...

Supporting Local Charities

Happy, healthy children. Surely the goal of every parent, teacher and community. Research by the Royal Horticultural Society shows that gardening can lead children to embrace a healthier lifestyle, while developing confidence, responsibility, social and communication skills. And the pursuit of health and happiness is at the root of the many school and preschool gardens around the country – and it is in this area where we feel very well placed to work with local people to create a real ‘community garden centre’ feel. These photographs show a few of the schools, nurseries, projects and children we’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Giving back to the community in which we work is very much business as usual at Bypass Nurseries – and this includes supporting the work of charities selected by staff each year. We’ve supported a wide range of charities over many years, raising over £400,000 and helping them to raise their profiles by working with us on-site. We are always busy supporting our nominated charities in a range of ways - but never more visibly than during our annual Spring Festival and Christmas Charity Evening fundraising events. For more information about Bypass Nurseries and our community activities and charitable events please visit our website -

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Autumn Edging ever closer to the garden’s final blaze of colour... In contrast to the lushness of the Summer months, the fading glory of your garden in Autumn can provide a completely different but no less stunning sight - especially if you have plants which capture the simple beauty of a dew-drenched cobweb or a frost-encrusted seed head. Some of the season’s boldest colours are in the many fruits and berries that ripen at this time of year - providing a feast for the eyes and for the appreciative wildlife. Autumn is a time for some truly spectacular plants - a few of our favourites include...

Asters, Grasses, Maples, Pyracantha and Winter-flowering Heathers

Divide overgrown perennials.

Prune evergreen plants to shape. Aerate your lawn.


Reduce watering of houseplants to slow growth through the winter. Protect late crops with fleece if necessary.


Protect tender plants from wind

‘When the bold branches bid farewell to rainbow leaves... Welcome wool sweaters.’ B Cybrill

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1 Preparing your container and adding your tulips Add crocks or gravel to the bottom of your container. Half fill your container with compost and space your tulip bulbs evenly over your compost surface.

4 The final touches Finally, position your pansies in the top of your container and carefully fill any remaining gaps with compost. Give your pot a good water, and place in your chosen position, making sure that it stands on the feet to ensure free drainage - and voilà, get ready to enjoy your 100 days of colour!

Plant new perennials, climbers, hedging and trees.

Tidy your hedges and prune your trees.

Follow this simple container recipe for fantastic colour in your garden during the darker months and throughout Spring.

3 Adding your crocus Repeat this procedure with your crocus bulbs, making sure they are evenly spaced and upright, before covering with another compost layer.

Plant out Autumn bedding plants.

Plant a Winter container that you can see from the window.

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2 Adding your narcissi Cover carefully with compost so that just the bulb tips are showing and then place your Tête-à-Tête bulbs, evenly spaced, on the surface. Then cover with more compost so that the bulb tips are just showing.


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Indoor Plants

Add a bit of glamour and elegance to you living space... Indoor plants have so much to offer – colour and interest, attractive (and highly portable) displays, they improve the air around us and they’re easy to care for too – all great reasons why they should have a place in every home. You can create a fabulous display whether you find joy in the drama of an orchid, are soothed by the calming green of palm leaves, or delight in the cheerful bloom of indoor cyclamen – here are our guidelines to get you started... Consider room temperature and light levels – and be sure to get plants to suit. Choose your planters carefully, as the colour and material can add as much to your display as the plants you select. Get creative with your presentation – use floor-toceiling specimen plants to add drama, and multiple plants en masse with varying textures, heights and leaf shapes for impact. Don’t restrict yourself to shelves and window sills – hanging displays draw the eye upwards and offer great 360 degree views of your plants.

We have a fantastic range of indoor plants and planters, plus all the ancillaries you might need… So come and browse our indoor plants – and create your own indoor plant heaven!

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Winter is a time of slumber in the garden... ...which is probably just as well as working heavy, wet or frozen soil isn’t many gardeners’ idea of fun! The Winter garden is often best enjoyed through the window, from where wild birds can be watched and nature’s quiet but relentless progress can be observed as the first shoots break through the hard earth with a promise of warmer times ahead. There may not be much to do outdoors - but Winter is a great time to research new ideas and plan ahead for the gardening year and springtime activites ahead. While many plants are dormant, some provide Winter colour and interest - a few of our favourites include...

Cyclamen, Holly, Hellebores, Irises, Snowdrops and Poinsettia

December Harvest Autumn sown Winter salads.

Plant fruit trees, canes and bushes as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Repair fences or garden buildings.


Clear snow from evergreen trees and shrubs. Prepare your greenhouse for young plants and seedlings. Buy your seed potatoes and chit to give them a head start.


Prune Summer-flowering shrubs. Sow seeds in your greenhouse. Put up a nest box to encourage the flutter of tiny wings! Lightly trim Winter-flowering heathers.

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Feed the birds...

and reap the benefits! By creating your own garden bird haven, you’ll be able to enjoy their beautiful songs, appreciate their lovely colours, you may get to watch them raising their young families - and you’ll benefit from the very efficient natural pest control that birds will provide when visiting your garden.

What do I feed them with? To attract a wide variety of birds, you need to provide a variety of food and accommodate different feeding habits. There are many different seed mixes available for feeders, birdtables and the ground. Peanuts are popular, as are sunflower seeds which are an excellent year-round food - nyjer seeds attract goldfinches and siskins. Bird cake, fat balls and food bars are excellent Winter food and can be provided in containers such as coconut shells or tit bells, or placed on your bird table. You can even make your own bird cake by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) onto a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake, using about one-third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and allow it to set in a container of your choice.

What can I expect to see? With a table and feeders you can expect to see a whole range of species including starlings, sparrows, blackbirds, blue and great tits, robins, greenfinches and collared doves. Hopping around underneath your feeders, you can expect to see dunnocks, thrushes, wrens and chaffinches. If you’re lucky you may even see rarer visitors such as great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, coal, marsh and long-tailed tits, blackcaps, siskins and bramblings – and you might see sparrowhawks hunting for prey! Feeding birds is only the start - putting up nest boxes will encourage ‘Winter is a time of promise them to stay, and bug, bee, frog, bat and hedgehog boxes will attract because there is so little to yet more fascinating and beneficial wildlife into your garden.

do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the For more information and loads of other great ideas for your home and garden visit BPN Prime on our website luxury of thinking so’ Stanley Crawford at

Christmas at Bypass Nurseries

Every year we transform our shop into inspiring Christmas themes that allow you to add to existing decorations or completely transform your home. Our Christmas Shop offers all of the festive essentials and those little extras that help get everyone in the mood... Real and artificial Christmas trees A huge range of tree decorations Decorative wreaths and festive ornaments Novelty figures and Christmas lights Santa sacks, cards and wrapping paper And don’t miss our annual Christmas Charity Evening* when we welcome Father Christmas to his Grotto, enjoy carols sung by local school choirs, mulled wine, mince pies, festive crafts and much more - all in support of a charity chosen by staff. *Join us for our Christmas Charity Evening 6.30-8pm Friday 2nd December 2016

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