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Book of the month - Bizarre Botany

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

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March book of the month

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

Bizarre Botany
by Christina Harrison and Lauren Gardiner

 

Kew Publishing, £10
ISBN 978-1842466148

An intriguing A to Z of botanical enquiry, packed with astonishing facts from the world of plants – and far beyond.
Reviewer Ambra Edwards is a writer and garden historian. 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick and easy, fresh beetroot recipes

Beat the winter blues by adding a colourful and seasonal twist to salads with beetroot. 

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Beetroot recipes for 10 a day

Beat the winter blues by adding a colourful and seasonal twist to salads with beetroot. 

According to recent findings by scientists at Imperial College London, we should all be eating 10 portions of vegetables and fruit a day to lower our chances of developing heart disease, stroke, cancer and premature death. February can be a challenging month for leafy greens but if you want to increase your vegetable intake and like your salad bowl to reflect the changing of the seasons, consider adding beetroot for c

Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

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Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

Places to visit for spectacular snowdrops

For glanthophiles, February is the month to venture out of the house to admire snowdrops. Here we've come up with a list of some of the best places to visit for stunning snowdrop displays. 

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Places to visit to find snowdrops photo: Nikola Beck/Gettyimages

For glanthophiles, February is the month to venture out of the house to admire snowdrops. Here we've come up with a list of some of the best places to visit for stunning snowdrop displays. 

Snowdrops are a sure sign that spring is on its way. The delicate dropping heads of these small white flowers are a charming sight on a winter's day and in February, gardens up and down the country open to celebrate their arrival with snowdrop- themed events. Here we've put together a list of some of the best places to see stunning snowdrop displays. 

21 annual climbers

With so many to choose from, climbing annuals sown and grown in a year are a surprisingly easy way to lift the summer spirits. Here, Kew-trained gardener Matthew Biggs chooses 21 of his favourite annual climbers. 

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Annual climbers

With so many to choose from, climbing annuals sown and grown in a year are a surprisingly easy way to lift the summer spirits. Here, Kew-trained gardener Matthew Biggs chooses 21 of his favourite annual climbers. 

There is a small, select group of annual climbers that are too often overlooked, yet can bring subtle touches and welcome bursts of colour to brighten the garden in summer. Speed of growth makes them ideal for clothing a new garden, providing temporary screening or softening hard surfaces. Here are some of the best types of annual climbers. 

Wildflower charity Landlife

The wildflower conservation organisation the National Wildflower Centre has taken the difficult decision to close down. Writer Caroline Beck highlights its pioneering work over the last 40 years. Photographs by Jane Sebire.

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Wildflower charity Landlife

The wildflower conservation organisation the National Wildflower Centre has taken the difficult decision to close down. Writer Caroline Beck highlights its pioneering work over the last 40 years. Photographs by Jane Sebire.

The National Wildflower Centre

Garden design trends 2017

We ask the experts for their gardening insights for 2017. 

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Garden design trends 2017

We ask the experts for their gardening insights for 2017. 

With sustainability, wildlife and climate variations coming to the fore in the news, what will be the garden trends be for 2017? We ask the experts for their insights.

 

Inchbald School of Design

Top plant trends for 2017

We asked ten experts what plants they are most excited about growing in their gardens in the year ahead to create a definitive list of the top plant trends for 2017. 

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Plant trends for 2017

We asked ten experts what plants they are most excited about growing in their gardens in the year ahead to create a definitive list of the top plant trends for 2017. 

Charlie Ryrie
Cut-flower grower and florist

 

Seed catalogues for 2017

Columnist Jojo Tulloh recommends her favourite seed suppliers.

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Seed catalogues 2017

Columnist Jojo Tulloh recommends her favourite seed suppliers.

The urge to change your life for the better is strongest in January. For once, gardeners have it easy. Seeds offer a cheap path to reinvention. For a few pounds you can have a whole new gardening self, reflected in a vegetable plot that is wildly different from last years. What kind of gardener will you be in 2017? I’ve put together a list of a few of my trusted suppliers to tempt your fancy.

 

 

 

How to grow self-respect

On a plot near Bristol, social enterprise the Severn Project offers staff a new start in life through growing salad. 

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The Severn Project

On a plot near Bristol, social enterprise the Severn Project offers staff a new start in life through growing salad. 

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