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How to create an easy sustainable garden

A sustainable garden is increasingly important. We urban gardeners manage a substantial chunk of the outdoor space in any town or city. So what we do impacts our air quality,…

April 19th, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


Heston Blumenthal on how to barbecue for a crowd

I recently asked Heston Blumenthal for his top tips on how to barbecue for a party. And although it was only a short conversation, he certainly turned my ideas on…

April 14th, 2019

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden style & living


How to prevent knee and back pain from gardening

How to prevent knee or back pain from gardening

Knee or back pain from gardening is probably the most frustrating thing in a garden-lover’s life. You’re longing to get out there – but as soon as you get stuck…

February 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


The best gardening books of 2018

The best gardening books of the year

Treat yourself to one of the best gardening books of the year. Or any one of them would make a wonderful gift. If you’re asking the question ‘why do we…

December 16th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


Silver birch is a striking tree

My best autumn trees for small gardens

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden. My top five trees are: Smokebush (Cotinus coggyria Crab apple trees (esp Malus ‘Gorgeous’) Heritage fruit trees such as quince and…

November 25th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


how to find a healing garden

My escape from fear to a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk about my story of trauma,…

November 11th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

This year’s autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. I’ve always thought of trees and leaf colour as the defining element of an autumn…

October 28th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Mark Lane and accessible garden design

Accessible garden ideas – Mark Lane on gardens everyone can enjoy

Does an accessible garden only matter to people in wheelchairs? Or to the partially sighted, or to someone with a chronic illness? What about mothers with small children, or grannies…or…

October 21st, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design


Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in. (‘Recently’ in garden terms can be years, as we…

October 14th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Autumn colour trees

Which garden tree is absolutely perfect for you?

How to choose the right garden tree? I think we all dither over this because trees seem like such a big purchase. More like buying a sofa than buying a…

September 30th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


Exotic colours and shapes - persicaria at the Salutation

The best professional tips for late summer garden colour

Have you run out of gardening steam by the time you get to the late summer garden? I know I do, which is why it’s so inspiring to visit a…

September 9th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


No dig flower borders

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

I’ve always wondered about ‘no dig flower borders’ for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg…

September 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco