UK: Garden Centres offers free seeds in partnership with Let It Grow

Dobbies is partnering with BBC Radio 2 by handing out 75,000 free packets of seeds from today (Monday, March 27) to encourage the nation to brighten up the country this spring.

On top of that, Blue Diamond to is partnering with BBC Radio 2 for Let it Grow by donating 45,000 packets of Forget me Not seeds. 

Dobbies' Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, said: "We're delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative by the BBC. Spring is a great time of year to get gardening, and we're excited to see the nation's gardens bloom and the wildlife flourish with our free seeds."

Marcus also shares his top tips for sowing these seeds, he said: "Calendula, Borage, and Nasturtium are fuss-free plants that are easy to sow and care for and great for injecting some color to your garden. As we approach the warmer months and the sun heats the ground, it couldn't be a better time to sow these seeds."

"At Dobbies, we recommend sowing your seeds inside, under a cover, or in a greenhouse to maximize the success of germination. Once the seeds have grown to be bushy young plants, and the frosts have finished, then they are ready to be planted into your outdoor pots or borders."

The BBC's Let it Grow initiative will help the nation "turn dull and grey places into wild and colorful places" by reaching and supporting audiences beyond those traditionally reached by nature and gardening programming. These include audiences without regular access to private green space to those who have not yet tried planting and growing before. For more information, visit  

Blue Diamond will continue to encourage and support gardeners and non-gardeners alike throughout 2023 to bring nature into their neighborhood, simply visit our Gardening Hub at for more gardening tips and/or resources.

For more information:
Dobbies Garden Centres

Blue Diamond 


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