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Belle & Joe's Bus

Belle & Joe’s Kitchen Bus

Great Food on the Go!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Belle & Joe’s Kitchen bus! Still the same homemade, high-quality food and beverages but ON THE GO!

Based on the overwhelming success of Belle & Joe’s Kitchen, which was recently voted as the ‘BEST GARDEN CENTRE CAFE in NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’ by the Nottingham Post (May 2013), owners Sophie and Greg Timmermans decided to expand the catering side of the business to bring Belle & Joe’s to their customers on the go. From the comfort of a newly converted red double-decker bus, customers can now get hot & cold drinks, locally sourced beef burgers, bacon rolls, and lots of yummy snacks!

Over the summer, the Belle & Joe’s Kitchen Bus will be parked on our field ready to welcome all customers, and when she’s not here we will be touring the UK with her to spead the word about our fantastic homemade selection of tasty treats, snacks & beverages!

If you are interesting in inviting the Belle & Joe’s Kitchen Bus to your event or venue then just give us a call!

Local Author Vists Timmermans

Jessica Meats, local author of ‘Child of the Hive’ and ‘Omega Rising’, will be joining us on Saturday 10th August from 10am to 2pm to offer book signings. She will be presenting readings from her novels from 2-3pm with an opportunity to ask questions.

Her first novel ‘Child of the Hive’ , is set in a Britain of the near future, and is both a tense sci-fi thriller and a gripping philosophical exploration of what it means to be human in a world of ever-increasing technological sophistication. Her latest novel ‘Omega Rising’, is set to be another great success!

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with a renowned and respected author.


Belle & Joe’s Sweets

We now have a large selection of delicious sweets in a Belle & Joe’s pre-packed bag range! Whatever sweets you are looking for we are sure to have something here to tempt you – give them as gifts or share with friends but most of all, enjoy! Only £1.99 a bag!

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NEW Addition to Timmermans Garden Centre!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Belle & Joe’s Kitchen bus! Still the same homemade high-quality food and beverages but ON THE GO! She may have over a million miles on the clock but she is beautiful. Serving hot & cold drinks, locally sourced beef burgers, bacon rolls, and lots of yummy snacks! Over the next few weeks she will be transformed by having new signage making her part of the Timmermans family – WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

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FREE Event – Saturday 1st June

Following the huge success of Ian Cooke’s Advisory Desk on Garden Re-Leaf Day, we have invited him back for an inspiring talk called ‘From Tropics to the Trent’ on Saturday 1st June at 11am. The celebrated writer will be presenting an alternative garden experience, inspired by his latest book. The talk covers hardy exotics, tender summer additions, bananas and other fascinating options, followed by an opportunity for you to ask Ian your top questions. An event not to be missed – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!

FREE EVENT pre-booking recommended


British Tomato Week 20th-26th May

It is time to celebrate British Tomato Week, which was originally launched by the British Tomato Growers Assocation. This association of tomato growers emphasise that they grow tomatoes naturally in a way that protects the environment and promotes good health to the public. They grow in glasshouses, which means that they are protected from the cold but revealed enough to soak up the sunshine that they need.

There are of course different types of tomatoes! The standard, rounded tomato is most well known. Then we have the small version of this tomato, known as the cherry, often sweet in taste. The beefsteak sounds like its name – its a lot beefier and bigger than the standard! And what about a tomato that also matches its name – Oxheart; it really is shaped like a heart! They can also come in different colours – from dark red, to orange to green! Contrary to what people might think, the colour doesn’t have much affect on the taste but they all include lots of nutrients.

Why not start growing your own tomatoes? We have a wide variety of tomato plants for you to grow and harvest yourselves from only 99p!

May is National Asparagus Month

Throughout the month of May it’s National Asparagus Month – the perfect time to try out this delicious vegetable!  We sell a selection of Asparagus plants for you to grow yourself.

Asparagus isn’t everyone’s favourite vegetable to have at lunch or dinner time, but there are lots of exciting ways to try it and there are lots of healthy benefits that come from eating it too! Native to Europe, asparagus is a great source of fibre and is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as folic acid.

The British asparagus season runs from May to June and it is considered to be the best in the world. Asparagus comes in green, purple and white. The white variety, which is grown in the dark to stop the colour developing is popular in Europe. The majority of British asparagus is green.  Asparagus soon looses its flavour and tenderness, so it is best eaten on the day of harvest. Before cooking wash in cold water and remove the ends of the stalks. Boil or steam until just tender (4-7 minutes depending on thickness).

So get ready for asparagus month and start eating your greens this May!

Chelsea Flower Show 21-25th May

The Chelsea Flower Show will throw up plenty of trend setting ideas for people and businesses to follow. For further details check out their website:

HTA Plant of the Month: Petunia

With the emergence of late spring, the HTA’s plant of the month for May is the colourful Petunia.  They are ideal for baskets and containers and will provide bright, vibrant flowers all summer long.

Top Petunia Facts:

  • They come in a variety of blooms including single and double, ruffled or smooth petals
  • They can be striped, veined or solid colour with mounding or cascading habitats
  • Spreading-type Petunias do not need dead-heading
  • They come in all shapes and sizes from bushy small flowering types to large trailing ones
  • They can be grown in blocks or mixed with other bedding plants
  • They need full sun but can tolerate a variety of different soils