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How gardens are good for our health and wellbeing

How gardens are good for our health and wellbeing

Friday, July 10, 2020

Before re-training as a garden designer, I commuted to London for a long, tiring day in the city. What kept me sane was coming home to a garden. It did not matter that I did not have time to do everything in it I wanted to do, but to spend half an hour... Read More

Managing Green Waste

Managing Green Waste

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Managing Green Waste Having just been told that the tidy tips are now closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and not knowing if the kerbside collections will be able to continue, there is a question of what we do with our green waste. Here are some hints... Read More

Autumn gardening for wildlife

Autumn gardening for wildlife

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Autumn is a wonderful time in the garden with the low sun lighting up leaves that are turning to stunning reds, oranges and buttery yellows. It is also a time when we start to think about tidying our gardens. People used to say ‘putting the garden to... Read More

Edible pollinating plants

Edible pollinating plants

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Don’t just think ornamental flowering plants when you are choosing plants to attract pollinators into your garden throughout the spring and summer. Many edible crops also depend on pollinators to transfer pollen and ensure that the plant sets fruit to... Read More

Caring for Spring Bulbs

Caring for Spring Bulbs

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spring flowering bulbs add some much needed colour and interest in the garden when many other plants are yet to emerge or flower. There is a wide range to choose from and with careful choices you can have bulbs in flower from January to May. The bulb... Read More

Attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Friday, February 15, 2019

‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.’ David Attenborough. Pollinators are... Read More

Plants for Late Winter

Plants for Late Winter

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The festive season has been and gone, but instead of thinking about jetting off to the sun, I look forward to the crisp clear days for long walks in the countryside and watching the garden for emerging snowdrops, Cyclamen and hellebores showing me that... Read More

Climate Change and Garden Design

Climate Change and Garden Design

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Climate Change and Garden Design  The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) consisting of the world’s leading scientists have recently issued a warning that we have 12 years to reduce global warming to a maximum of 1.5◦C. We... Read More

Supporting our hedgehogs

Supporting our hedgehogs

Friday, November 30, 2018

Not only are they adorable creatures, hedgehogs are great for our gardens, feeding on garden pests such as slugs, caterpillars and leatherjackets. But their numbers are falling. There were an estimated 36.5 million in the 1950’s which reduced to 1.5... Read More

Refreshing borders

Refreshing borders

Friday, October 26, 2018

Autumn is a great time to take stock of your garden and make improvements, or at least start planning for next year. Even after planting a garden from scratch, some attention is required after a few years and more mature gardens may need more drastic... Read More

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