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Gardens Illustrated Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard

22 May 2012 - 3:43pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Coombe Trenchard

Don't miss this exciting two-day garden festival celebrating the finest in gardening tradition, held in the grounds of the impressive Arts & Crafts house of Coombe Trenchard in rural Devon. Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June 2012, 10am-5.30pm

 

We are delighted to present this exciting two-day garden festival celebrating the finest in gardening tradition, held in the grounds of the impressive Arts & Crafts house of Coombe Trenchard in rural Devon.

Nurseryman's favourites – June

22 May 2012 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Gillenia trifoliata c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants chooses Gillenia trifoliata as an elegant addition to the summer border. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

 

Gillenia trifoliata
I love the way this adds movement to a planting scheme when caught by even the gentlest of breezes. Don’t be deceived by its diaphanous appearance; it has an iron constitution once established. It is good in association with shrub roses, where it offers a delightful airy contrast to the more weighty blooms. As plants fade, the foliage takes on warm autumnal tones of gold and burgundy and the structure will contribute to a planting group for weeks.

Things to do in London during Chelsea week

18 May 2012 - 12:29pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
The Pothole Gardener is taking part in the Chelsea Fringe c. Kate McAuley

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

If you’re spending time in London during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show (whether you're attending the show or not), here are some garden-related treats to enjoy.

Nurseryman's favourites – April

24 March 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Lathyrus vernus c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Lathyrus vernus as an ideal plant to bring your borders surging back to life this spring. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their spring-time best.

 

Vote for your environmental hero

22 March 2012 - 1:34pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Octavia Hill - green pioneer c.NTPL

The shortlist for the Octavia Hill Awards have been made. Now the National Trust are asking the public to cast their vote and decide who the real green heroes in our communities are.

Organised by the National Trust, in partnership with BBC Countryfile Magazine, the awards mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and environmental campaigner who helped found the National Trust, who died in August 1912.

Nurseryman's favourites - March

8 March 2012 - 12:00pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Fritillaria michailovskyi c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Fritillaria michailovskyi as one of her March plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their early spring-time best

 

Reader offer - Buy your asparagus crowns now

21 February 2012 - 2:17pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Asparagus 'Stewart's Purple'

Asparagus is easy to grow and tastes delicious freshly harvested from the garden. Here's your chance to buy grade-A crowns ready for planting now at a special offer price

Specialist nursery Pomona is offering two cultivars of one-year-old, ‘grade A’ asparagus crowns at a special price of £14.50 for 12 crowns, or £27 if you buy both cultivars (p&p included). These will establish quickly to give your first crop in just one year after planting.

Spring gardens to visit

21 February 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Pashley Manor Gardens in spring c.David Dixon

Here's a selection of gardens to visit that celebrate the season with fresh ideas and colourful combinations. Writer Val Bourne picks the best

Three themes to inspire your spring planting combinations and 9 gardens to visit that show you how its done.

PASTELS COLOURS

Pastels work at this time of the year because the light is soft enough to flatter milky blues, whites and pinks. Bare earth frames low-growing woodlanders and these could include gentle wood anemones, bright-eyed primroses, smaller crocus and miniature blue bulbs among many others. These woodlanders nestle under an ambient canopy provided by deciduous trees and shrubs.

Bulb planting workshop

15 February 2012 - 11:55am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hyacinth indoor pot display

Spend the day at Sarah Raven's garden at Perch Hill Farm and join a workshop on getting creative with your indoor bulb displays - Saturday 24 March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mughal Gardens and Palaces - 29 November to 11 December 2012

27 January 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Palace Gardens Deeg

Our trip to India takes in some of the finest Mughal gardens and palaces of North India. The tour's host John Brookes has arranged a number of special events to make your visits especially memorable.

The palaces and gardens of North India were built by the 16th and 17th-century Mughal emperors to house their great courts.

As well as visiting some of the major sites and gardens, the journey also takes in many of the less visited yet stunning gardens and palaces in the region, thanks to the connections of your tour leader, the distinguished designer John Brookes. A number of events have also been planned for the party.