One of Hampshire’s most famous botanical centers is celebrating its 60th anniversary by helping schools in the county improve its landscape.
Fairweather’s Garden Center, part of the 7,000-acre Beaulieu Estate – has launched an environmental campaign called 60 Trees for 60 Schools.
Educators and children’s charities are inviting staff to choose one of three tree species for planting in their yard.
The first tree has already been planted. Lord Montagu performed the ceremony while visiting a village school near Fairway School.
The garden was founded by the late Christopher Fairway and is now run by his son Patrick.
He said, “We want to make sure the Hampshire School grounds are green and that there are places for future children.
Trees can provide a safe haven for wildlife as well as for wildlife.
We hope that the memory of planting trees will stay with the school children and we encourage them to stay in the garden and invest in our community in the future.
The story of Fairweather begins in 1959 when Christopher joins workers in the nearby Sberry Gardens. At the time, his future wife, Ali, was running a landscaping company in London.
The garden center opened in 1961 on the site previously occupied by the Beal Estate Workshops and Assignments.
Patrick joined the business in In 1991, he still works with the help of Aline and his wife, Steve.
In the 1990’s, Christopher became famous as a plant doctor alongside Paula Yats at breakfast.
A.D. In 2000, a new extension shop was officially opened by Our Lady of Montagu.
Patrick Patch, a productive gardener, It was created in 2008 at a nearby station and In 2011, Stephen Kitchen, a cafe, opened.
Participants in the 60th Annual Celebrations were given an overview of the Fairware, which has grown into a thriving business that started as a night and weekend project.
Patrick said he was proud of his father, who died in 2007, and if he could see the center today.
He thanked past and present staff members, including Su Graves, who retired 32 years later.
He said he missed his colleagues and customers with his contagious laughter and herbal knowledge.
Patrick added, “We’ve seen a lot of changes. We have great loyal customers and staff who have helped us along the way.”
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