2019 School Sunflower Competition


We can’t quite believe a year has passed already, but we will be rolling out our free Essex wide School Sunflower Growing competition again this month.

Last year saw 80 schools across North Essex compete, to grow the tallest sunflower. The winners won a selection of Fillpots plants and accessories to use in their school gardens, with a picture of their school and winning sunflower, in the local papers.

All competing schools were sent their own packet of sunflower seeds and instructions on how to plant and grow them successfully.

The Sunflower pack will be sent out this month and a winner will be chosen in September.

If you would like to take part, please email us, with a postal address, for which the pack will be sent to: [email protected]

If you would like more information, please do get in touch.
We hope you will join in!



Mother's Day plant pot creation!

We are holding two Mother’s Day craft sessions, for our younger visitors!

Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
10am- 11.30am.

Pop down and decorate a pretty flowerpot. We will then plant our pots up together, with some colourful blooms, ready to present on Mother’s Day!

£6.00 per child, which includes a drink and fruit snack, whilst we create!

For tickets, please call the Garden Centre and pay over the phone, or pop in and pay at the tills: 01206 273834






Garden Talks

We are delighted to announce the start of Fillpots seasonal ‘Garden talks’, which will take place here at the Garden Centre.

Our last course was held on Wednesday October 17th, run by the fantastic Sarah, from Hortus Garden Design.


Hortus Garden Design are a London based company, who are passionate about working with their clients, to renew a sense of excitement about their outdoor space. Hortus are a firm believer in the physical and emotional benefits that gardens so readily offer and they seek to implement this through their knowledge of plants and design. Designs include front gardens, city courtyard gardens, larger country gardens and everything in-between.


October’s course was 'Design and Planting ideas for your Garden - how to enhance your outdoor space with some simple design and planting tips'.

The aim of the course was to help provide you with the tools to create a well-balanced garden, with year-round interest.  Advice was also given on plants that will thrive in individual soil and light conditions, specific to your garden.  


A breakdown of the course is as follows:

  • Arrival and hot drink: 10am
  • 'Design and Planting’ talk, demonstration and questions 10.30- Midday
  • Lunch in Fillpots Cafe: Midday onwards


The talk will include:

Basic design principles

- What you have  -Site characteristics

- What you want -Essential items

- What you need - Styles, unity, focal points.

Planting ideas (with examples from the nursery)

- Clay soil, sun

- Clay soil, shade

- Sandy soil, sun

- Sandy soil, shade

Tickets were £24.00 each, including drinks and lunch.


Sarah will be running a new course in the Spring- details to follow,

If you would like more information, please email Jenny Blades: [email protected] 

Places are limited.