LIZZIE’S GOOD LIFE

Lizzie Robin­son runs Pinewood Nurs­eries in Stoke Po­ges and is in search of the good life...

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

APRIL is the month we shout from the roof tops ‘come to Pinewood Nurs­eries’.

There’s no time to get in my own gar­den when I have acres of bed­ding plants wait­ing for peo­ple to visit and thou­sands of hang­ing bas­kets to find homes for.

Whether its de­sign­ing leaflets, ad­verts or even writ­ing a script for a ra­dio pro­mo­tion, there ap­pears to be no end to the to do list for a small busi­ness owner (come mother of two).

The café is full of visi­tors en­joy­ing the warm sun and good food. It’s an ab­so­lute joy to be in our nurs­ery this month. My favourite task for our busi­ness ‘PR’ is or­gan­is­ing events.

Although daunt­ing at first, when the pieces do fit to­gether I do feel a real buzz of ex­cite­ment.

This year Stoke Park Club is col­lab­o­rat­ing with us for our an­nual Spring BBQ, to fundraise for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port on Sun­day May 8.

Chris Wheeler, Ex­ec­u­tive Head Chef of their three AA rosette restau­rant, has agreed to cater for our event for free. We are ec­static. And to top it off we have found a won­der­ful mix of mu­si­cians and a lo­cal ma­gi­cian to join us.

Next up, the Caldesi’s event (and re­mem­ber I’m still on ma­ter­nity leave drag­ging my tod­dler and baby at my heels to these meet­ings). Katy and Gian­carlo, own­ers of restau­rants in Bray & Maryle­bone, two Ital­ian star chefs work­ing with us to put on a pop up restau­rant to launch their two new books; ‘Rome’ and ‘Around the world in Sal­ads’. What has this got to do with sell­ing bed­ding plants and hang­ing bas­kets? Well, it cre­ates a buzz about the nurs­ery and gets our taste buds go­ing!

Last, but not least, our won­der­ful cook­ery club is host­ing an evening un­der the stars in our green house café. The mem­bers cook the same recipes from a cho­sen menu at home to put to­gether a won­der­ful three course meal. Non-mem­bers are most wel­come and it’s a mar­vel­lous com­mu­nity event. Do re­mem­ber to put all three in your diary

So, add to this hav­ing to re­search for new prod­ucts for the Farm Shop, do my VAT re­turn and hav­ing sixty peo­ple com­ing to my house for my son’s Chris­ten­ing on Sun­day, is it any won­der I’m ex­hausted, but still lov­ing the thrill of run­ning a small busi­ness.

For fur­ther de­tails on our events or hang­ing bas­kets please see our web­site www.pinewood­nurs­eries.co.uk or our face­book page www.face­book.com/pinewood­nurs­eries

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