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Product News: Watering

by Drucilla James

These watering products could be just what is needed by plants parched by this summer’s heat wave.

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Garden plant care: Stayin’ Alive 2

by Drucilla James

We take a trip to the nursery or garden centre and return home with booty which promises to transform our garden spaces. Full of good intentions, but too busy to check, the next time we look at our plants, we find them at their last gasp and requiring resuscitation. Before last rites are performed, we explain how to care for distressed plants and bring them back to life and suggest some simple procedures to reduce casualties in the future.

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Plant-O-Mats from Suttons Seeds


Looking ahead, should your thoughts turn to producing labour-saving bulb displays for spring colour, then these new Plant-o-Mats from Suttons Seeds could be the ideal answer.


Dine Alfresco

by Drucilla James

Outdoor rooms, particularly dining rooms, are sought-after features of the garden and using some of our favourite products they can now be made as glamorous and inviting as their indoor counterparts. There are even some suggestions on protection from the elements to render them the perfect alternative to eating inside.

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Young and old join plant charity’s community initiatives


Plant Heritage is leading the way in involving communities both young and old in gardening through its National Plant Collection and Plant Guardian schemes designed to protect rare and threatened garden plants from disappearing.

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Young gardeners’ conference to take place


YoungHort, set up by young horticulturalists to promote the industry to their peers, is to host a second event – The YoungHort Autumn Conference at The LANDSCAPE Show in September.

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Gardeners commemorate WW1 Centenary


New forests, poppy fields and a Ration Garden are amongst the gardening events set to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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Plants under threat


A leading plant conservation charity and an artist highlight the threat to familiar aspects of our landscape – trees and cultivated plants.

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New BBC gardening programmes announced


The cycads, which outlived the dinosaurs and still grow today, form the starting point of a new radio series exploring the history of our relationship with plants. Meanwhile after “reviving”, “allotmenteering”, and community-gardening, BBC television is adding designing to its repertoire- inviting competitors to design a garden for Chelsea 2015.

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A new kind of Riverdance seeks volunteers


Dancing through parks and gardens in South London, over 100 performers carrying water in buckets, bottles and pipes will guide audiences through Siobhan Davies Dance’s “Routes to the River” on its journey from the Studios to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Gardens overlooking the Thames.

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Gardening events this week

by Rose Crompton

We’ve got all bases covered this week in terms of family-friendly events to keep the kids active during the summer hols, as well as more grown-up talks and shows to keep the adults entertained.

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Gardening events this week

by Rose Crompton

Summer is in full swing and there are lots of things to get out and see and do in our cities. From gnome decorating in London, to practical sessions in Liverpool, there’s something for everyone.

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2014

by Abigail Willis

If Chelsea is regarded as the haute couture of gardening shows, then Hampton Court is perhaps its more off-the-peg cousin – and that’s no bad thing, because “the people’s flower show” is usually the more useful of the two when it comes to garden ideas that most of us can implement.


Garden Art

by Abigail Willis

Entering the garden of 5 St Regis Close is like stepping into Narnia.True there is no snow (at least not on this broiling June day), and nor are there any fauns, but the comparison is nonetheless apt: one minute you are in suburban Muswell Hill, the next in an enchanted realm, where creativity, imagination and joie de vivre reign supreme.

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Award-winning wildlife garden

by Abigail Willis

When Thierry Suzanne moved in to his house in Forest Gate in 2007, his first priority was to create an alfresco wining and dining area in the back garden, along with a herb garden and veg patch. But, this done, it wasn’t long before a more adventurous plan began to seed itself in his mind. Seven years down the line, that germ has blossomed into a full-on wildlife garden that is as much a haven for birds, invertebrates and amphibians as it is for its human custodians. And it’s not just the local fauna that appreciate Thierry’s efforts – the garden won Best Small Residential Garden in the RHS/Wildlife Trust’s 2012 Big Wildlife Garden competition. Over a cup of coffee and a bowl of blueberries, served in his newly constructed green-roofed gazebo, Thierry explained the journey he and his garden have been on.

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Fan the creative flame in your garden

by Alice Wright

As The Garden Museum celebrates the relationship between gardens and literature, we take a look at how gardens can spark the creative flame.