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  • 7 sensational reasons to enjoy the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    7 sensational reasons to love the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public next week on 22 May, 2018.  This is possibly the world's most famous flower show and it will lead us wisely and soothingly towards the summer.  It's so easy to become enthused by all the ideas and perfection that’s on display. But don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the difference between your own plot and the photogenic masterpieces that you see on your TV. Or in the green, if you are lucky enough to visit in person.
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  • What's changed in 50 years in our constantly evolving gardens? 10 changes that gardeners have witnessed.

    10 gardening habits that have changed over the last 50 years.

    A lot has changed in 50 years. Did your granny or perhaps great granny like to see the soil between the plants and expect garden shrubs to stay in neat little mounds? She probably expected the edges to be trimmed by shears rather than strimmer and enjoyed the sight of freshly dug soil. Hedges needed to be neatly trimmed at all times; weeds must be immediately banished to the compost heap and neatness should reign supreme.
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  • What ideas can you take home from Chelsea Flower Show?

    Here's 6 ideas to action after experiencing RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show is possibly the greatest flower show on earth and it's taking place this week! Even when it's gone, it doesn't need to be forgotten aned there are, of course, more flower shows to enjoy – including RHS Hampton Court from 4-9 July. The repercussions from such amazing shows can last forever if you take certain thoughts home with you and then act upon them. These events are a source of inspiration and joy during the actual visit, but why let it end there? There are so many garden tips that you can absorb from these magical events and none of these are beyond the reach of 'normal' gardeners.

    Here are a few suggestions for benefits that can last forever:
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  • What is Feng Shui and how do we use it in our homes and gardens?

    What is Feng Shui and how does it affect us?

    The mystery of feng shui is easily unravelled once you peel back the layers of language and ideas. What is feng shui? And how does a feng shui novice use it in their home and garden?

    The concept is simple and can be reduced to the basic feeling of being comfortable within a space. You have probably noticed how your surroundings can make you react. For example, most of us have a preference when it comes to choosing a table at which to sit within a café.  We like to have a view of our surroundings and to have easy access. The same principles can be applied to a home.
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  • One thing that influences trends in gardens. Do you know what it is?

    What has the biggest effect on garden choices? Of course, it's ...

    TV. Simples. Television has a profound effect on our garden plant and product choices and ideas. TV gardening shows set the stage for things to come. They showcase new plants and ideas and act as a 'catwalk' at which audiences can ogle. Structures, paving, styles and statues, once they appear on TV they pop up elsewhere too.

    What are the current gardening trends and should you take any notice of them? The day after airing, hundreds of viewers think about replicating at least part of what they've seen. We are a highly impressionable lot!
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  • Natural or designed? 6 ways to recognise the English Landscape Style

    The English Landscape Style

    One might view a typical English landscape and assume it is natural. But is it? This is a year in which birthday congratulations are owed to a remarkable landscape architect. Capability Brown actually helped to create the English landscape as we recognise it today. He moulded hills and valleys into the archetypal  scenery that we believe to be natural.

    Gatton Park, Capability Brown, landscape, design, architect, garden, 300th, birthday Gatton Park near Reigate is a beautiful Capability Brown landscape near Reigate in Surrey.

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  • Three reasons to have a statue in your garden

    Gnomes; Goddesses; Dragons and Dogs. What’s the point of garden statues?

    Why would you bother to put a statue in your garden? They are useless, aren't they? Well, yes... and no. There are three good reasons why you might like to have a statue or few.
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  • Gardens styles: the history of design in outdoor spaces

    A potted history of gardens: 12 styles of garden design 

    We have been in love with gardens for thousands of years. The history of outdoor design is a story that spans the ages right back to prehistoric times. Details of historic garden design would fill volumes, but for convenience this can be simplified into 12 main categories.
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  • Time for contemplation...resurrect your garden this Easter

    Eight garden thoughts to contemplate as Easter approaches

    It’s almost Easter! A mellow holiday weekend during which time you might want to contemplate the shape of things to come in your garden. This is the start of the outdoor season and it's a great time to organise your space.

    Does your garden need a makeover? In the same way that new beginnings commence at Easter, you can breathe new life and ideas into your garden.

    Egg, Easter, spring, chick, garden, design, outdoors, plants New beginnings: Easter is a time for fresh ideas and it's the start of the outdoor season.

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  • Why do we love Japanese garden design?

    Look at a Japanese 'Zen' garden and you feel a comforting wave of calm wash over your soul. Why?

    It's all about a spiritual sense of place that is historically linked to the Japanese culture. Garden design in Japan is connected to the philosophy and religion of the country. Buddhism, Taoism and Shinto all bring a spiritual sense to a garden. This encourages people to be peaceful and meditative.
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