1. Christmas trees and living gifts for a gardener's delight.

    Gardening and Christmas: a marriage made in heaven!

    Where would we be without the humble Christmas tree? You don’t need to be a gardener or even a garden-lover to be able to appreciate the sight of a twinkling, festive tree. It’s one of the symbols of Christmas that most of us love to see.  But why a tree at Christmas? Read more
  2. 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. Read more
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    A trio to tackle in the garden: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 

    What's good in the garden right now? The answer is LOTS. Gardens are alive with bloom; foliage; colour and that most important topic of all: insects. Without them our flowers and fruit will not be pollinated; our birds and small mammals won't have any breakfast and the garden would be a dead and dreary place. On that note, let's all join in with the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. It's good... it's on now and ends on 9 August! Read more
  4. What's Hot in your Garden this Week?

    What's Hot in your Garden this Week? 10 Summer Suggestions...

    It's all about water, what with the hot weather and all that. We are SO lucky here in the UK to have all types of weather. And just for the moment it's gloriously HOT! Do you need to water your garden? It depends on the plants. Some are like camels - without the spitty habit. Read more
  5. Do You Have Five Gardening Friends?

    Do you have five 'Gardening Friends'?  Tell us who they are...

    Everybody needs friends and most gardeners feel they have many. There's all those lovely plants of course; the creatures in the pond; the birds that visit the table and of course the people that gardeners meet during any sort of garden-related activity. It's no surprise that gardeners generally accumulate a network of like-minded pals. There's the local horticultural club or garden society; the allotmenteers; the neighbours who share plants and information; the garden centre buddies; the elderly residents who are grateful to have a bit of help. When you garden, a budding social world presents itself. Read more
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