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Indoor plants: house takeover

by Rhiannon James

What do you get when you let a bunch of stylists take over an empty house armed with an unlimited supply of greenery? Green Open House saw an unsuspecting north London terrace transformed from top to bottom with plants.

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DeliDahlias: dahlia tubers for gourmets

by Drucilla James

If you’re bored by the usual root vegetables and fancy something a little different to eat, why not try dahlia tubers for a change and get some lovely blooms into the bargain.


Rock garden revival


If macramé hangers and spider plants have made it back into our houses then rock gardens are definitely due a revival outdoors. They look good everywhere from a pot to a sizeable patch; they’re low-maintenance; look great all year round and now, with the arrival of crevice gardens, it’s easy to give them a cool, contemporary look. Stella Rankin, of Kevock Garden Plants, a specialist in rare and unusual alpine plants, explains how to create a garden that rocks.

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Grow for Flavour: James Wong tells how to turbocharge taste

by Rhiannon James

See a strawberry and you might delight in the gleam of its ruby red skin, its evocative perfume or its delicate balance of tartness and sweetness. James Wong on the other hand, will be getting excited about its anthocyanins, volatile molecules and fragrant esthers. And while most of us are really only thinking “Yum!” when […]

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Back garden pub is brewing up a storm

by Alice Wright

As more and more pubs close across the country, one company has come up with an innovative way for customers to recreate that traditional tavern atmosphere in their own back garden.

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World Woodland Garden opens

by Alice Wright

The World Woodland Garden will open at Chelsea Physic Garden tomorrow, celebrating forest environments around the world and the useful plants they produce.

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London’s first moss trail launched

by Alice Wright

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) has launched London’s first trail dedicated to mosses and liverworts.

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Slow fashion: a top sown and sewn in London

by Rhiannon James

More than 300 people, including schoolchildren, community groups, gardeners and craftspeople have been working together for nearly a year to create a garment sown, grown, dyed and spun entirely in London


Urban gulls get hooked on carbs

by Rhiannon James

Gulls are learning to fill up on carbs and other human foods as a result of living in cities, a new study has found.

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Gardening events this week

by Drucilla James

This weekend sees the culmination of National Gardening Week with time still to take advantage of the activities on offer from the different gardening organisations. There are woodland walks, talks and film shows to catch up on later in the week too.

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Spring clean your garden

by Kate Gould

Small gardens, like small rooms, always look better for being neat and tidy – unless you’re deliberately cultivating the wild look. The problem, of course, is finding the time to keep everything shipshape but luckily with just a few hours of effort in the spring, you can make a big difference to the look of your garden for the rest of the year.


Shrubs for small gardens


After a love affair with perennials spanning two decades, there are signs that designers are flirting with shrubs again. In small gardens, of course, where great form and multiple seasons of interest are a must, they’ve always been a fixture, but it’s nice to know they’re now voguish as well as valuable. Bluebell Arboretum and […]

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Horticultural therapy; healing the scars of war

by Lucy Purdy

Gardening Leave helps the estimated 20 per cent of veterans who carry a mental wound – damage which needs healing as urgently as any physical injury. They help veterans of all ages, but usually between 37 and 42, who have returned from conflicts in places such as Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia and Iraq.