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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

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Apple and parsnip muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

 

Serves 12

How to create an immersive garden

Garden designer, Sarah Price looks into the importance of transitions and portals that help create an immersive garden experience. 

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Immersive garden space

Garden designer, Sarah Price looks into the importance of transitions and portals that help create an immersive garden experience. 

Like a good film, a truly immersive garden has atmosphere and intrigue, created in part by movement between its different spaces. Sarah says, "[entering a garden] should be like stepping through a portal into a new world and not knowing exactly what you'll discover inside. Even in a small space, you can create intrigue by partially obscuring a view; it may be the planting of a singular tall, rush-like Restio, a wall of semi-transparent Molina grasses, a lacy-stemmed shrub, or a window cut into a hedge". Here are her tips on how to create a garden portal.

11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter and where to buy them

Winter is often thought as a dead time in the garden but there are still plenty of plants that offer colour and interest during the colder months. Here are 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest and where to buy them.

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Trees and Shrubs for Winter

Winter is often thought as a dead time in the garden but there are still plenty of plants that offer colour and interest during the colder months. Here are 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest and where to buy them.

It's worth keeping in mind that even in winter, plants should be used to provide structure, form and colour. Rosemary Alexander, founder and principal of the English Gardening School picks 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest. 

 

How to make a floral Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

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How to make an Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

Sonya Patel Ellis promotes the beauty of dried flowers by creating herbaria with a traditional wooden herbarium press she made herself. She has produced a collection of more than 100 pressed and mounted plant and flower specimens, collected over the course of a year from her garden in east London.

Homemade alioli

As winter approaches, colour begins to drain away from the garden but that doesn't mean it also has to fade from your food. Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for creating a vivid green, homemade alioli. 

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Homemade alioli

As winter approaches, colour begins to drain away from the garden but that doesn't mean it also has to fade from your food. Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for creating a vivid green, homemade alioli. 

When it comes to colour, winter cooking can verge on dingy. All those braises and stews mean brown is often in the ascendant. Import a little zing by using the viridifloric essence of herbs and spinach to tint sauces, soups and, in this case, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) a vivid green.

 

Green alioli

 

 

The best trees for front gardens

Choosing the right tree for a front garden can be tricky but the there are advantages and countless pleasures that can be had if you choose your tree carefully. 

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trees for front garden

Choosing the right tree for a front garden can be tricky but the there are advantages and countless pleasures that can be had if you choose your tree carefully. 

Tony Kirkham is the head of the Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the author of several books on trees. In this feature he gives his advice on choosing the right tree for front gardens, looking in detail at the bark, foliage and fruit of each variety. He says, 'Over the past few decades, trees have been disappearing from the UK's front gardens. More and more people are now removing plants and paving over their lawns in order to create or extend driveways for the ever-growing fleets of family cars.

Ideas for Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

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Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

With the abundance of squash ready to be harvested in the garden, the creative fun of halloween can be a welcome way to use up surplus crops. Originally the Pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), the holiday marked the official end of the harvest season. Samhain also marked the time of year when the veil between the two worlds was particularly thin, allowing the dead spirits to cross into the world of the living.

The best winter vegetables

Organic vegetable grower, Charles Dowding chooses his favourite vegetables to grow in winter. 

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The best winter veg

Organic vegetable grower, Charles Dowding chooses his favourite vegetables to grow in winter. 

Charles says, 'By early October the garden can be fuller than at any other time of year, and you will have already stored many vegetables to enjoy over the coming winter. I still find it remarkable that the garden produces these precious winter harvests'.

Here are his favourite winter vegetables.

6 native plants from New Zealand

A startlingly beautiful country, New Zealand is also home to some amazing plants. Here are just six from a garden on the shore of Governor's Bay, near Christchurch.  

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Native New Zealand plants

A startlingly beautiful country, New Zealand is also home to some amazing plants. Here are just six from a garden on the shore of Governor's Bay, near Christchurch.  

Rocked by the devestating earthquake that hit New Zealand in 2010, Ohinetahi, meaning the ‘place of one daughter’ is a formal garden on the shore of Governor's Bay, rich with volcanic soil. The native plants growing here are able to thrive not only because of New Zealand's unique climatic conditions but because of the strict importing rules that the country enforces which saves plants and wildlife from being lost due to invasive species. Sir Miles Warren is both architect and owner of Ohinetahi and these are his choices of native plants from the garden. 

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