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SowHow Seeds

by Rhiannon James

If you usually find the instructions on seed packets a little terse then help is at hand. SowHow’s organic seeds come with carefully-designed growing guides which include illustrated harvesting, eating and storing instructions, all in lovely packaging inspired by modernist poster art and book covers.

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Edibles to sow in the urban winter garden

by Tom Moggach

After a mild Christmas and the warmest year on record, it’s no wonder we’re all confused. Will spring come early? Should we still brace ourselves for a cold snap? When should seeds be sown to get a flying start? These are all questions this article will strive to answer, plus you’ll find a handy planting plan for the months ahead.


Rethinking the urban landscape exhibition

by Rhiannon James

Landscape and particularly green space, is vital to making cities healthier, cleaner, more sustainable, more sociable and pleasanter places to live. Rethinking the Urban Landscape exhibition presents 43 projects, selected by The Building Centre in conjunction with the Landscape Institute, which show the potential for public green space to change lives. There are the iconic projects such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park but also smaller initiatives -Derbyshire Street Pocket Park for example – which are predominantly community-led.


Square metre gardening


Short on growing space? London-based gardener and freelance journalist Lucy Purdy explores the art of growing food on a single square metre with author and vegetable gardening enthusiast ,Lolo Houbein.

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Garden Organic outsources growing

by Rhiannon James

Garden Organic, the organic growing charity, has outsourced the maintenance of its flagship garden and transferred its research arm to a university.

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Food security theme for show garden

by Rhiannon James

A garden promoting the conservation of the wild relatives of major food crops to ensure future food security is in need of sponsorship.

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Thomas Heatherwick to create garden pier


Just as plans for London’s Garden Bridge move closer to realisation, Thomas Heatherwick has turned his attention to another floating park – this time on Manhattan’s lower west side.

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Largest roof garden for London announced


Lookouts, a sunbathing lawn and a forest form part of the plans for the largest roof garden in London, unveiled for the latest phase of the Battersea Power Station Development.

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First public natural swimming pool to open at King’s Cross


Work has begun on the UK’s first ever public natural swimming pond, as part of an art project within the King’s Cross Development. The outdoor, chemical-free pool will be completed by the end of the year, when it will be given time to develop naturally, before its scheduled opening in spring 2015.

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Community growers get Big Lottery award


A project led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has won £800,000 of Big Lottery funding to help community growers become successful and proactive money-raisers to compensate for falling grants and declining local authority financial support.


Chelsea gardens relocated


Two medal-winning Chelsea gardens, now relocated, had their official openings on 26th September. The ‘RBC Waterscape Garden’ by Hugo Bugg and the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden by Matthew Keightley will now serve the purposes originally intended by their designers.

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The Tree Council invites us to gather ye tree seeds


At a time when our trees are being hit by pests and diseases, The Tree Council is encouraging local communities to collect and plant the ripening seed crop from our parks, hedgerows and streets to grow new trees to replace them.


London Wildlife Trust to open new nature reserve


Offering an opportunity to enjoy nature in the heart of north-east London, a reservoir closed to the public for nearly 200 years will open as a new nature reserve next year.


Gardening events this week

by Drucilla James

With temperatures falling outside, now is a good time to extend your knowledge of gardens and gardening via the range of informative talks on offer this week. If you should wish to venture outdoors, there are snowdrop days and a bird festival to enjoy.

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Gardening gifts

by Drucilla James

Present inspiration, from quirky stocking-fillers to life’s little luxuries, for the gardeners in your life.


Plantable Christmas – the gift that grows

by Drucilla James

Rather than the usual throwaway Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations, why not give versions that grow this year or send our horticulturally-inspired Christmas cards to encourage budding gardeners.

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Product news: nature in the city

by Drucilla James

These products may not be in the shops yet, but are worth looking out for, if you want to put fun and funkiness into city gardening and do your bit for nature too.

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