Plants

Celebrate Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

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Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

The apple is a firm favourite in the British fruit bowl, but peel back it's humble exterior and you'll realise that the apple has a huge part to play in our culture and the ecology around us. Set up in 1990 by the charity Common Ground, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration of the fruit's diversity and a demonstration of the variety of apples we are in danger of losing.

National Honey Week 2015

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

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Honey Week

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

Our relationship with honey is long-lived and as a result, a deep respect for the honey bee has developed. Honey is used in many different ways, from baking to beauty and is believed to have many healing properties because of its anti-bacterial qualities.

Pots of style: Ferns

Brighten up autumn's darker days with a container display planted to highlight the season's most interesting plants - here we use ferns for some late season freshness. 

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Planting ferns

Brighten up autumn's darker days with a container display planted to highlight the season's most interesting plants - here we use ferns for some late season freshness. 

Indoor ferns always add a slightly exotic feel to conservatory displays. I love their graceful elegance, and frequently use them for displays in the house and – before frosts bite – sheltered parts of the garden. This arrangement features a collection of ferns presented in a vintage wooden dough bowl found at a plant fair.

5 top tips for topiary

Hof ann Buxusbeemden is a beautiful topiary garden in Belgium. Translated from Flemish it means garden of the box meadow. Owners Ann van Gestel and Francis Denayer offer advice on how to create a garden and give 5 top tips for topiary. 

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Tips for topiary

Hof ann Buxusbeemden is a beautiful topiary garden in Belgium. Translated from Flemish it means garden of the box meadow. Owners Ann van Gestel and Francis Denayer offer advice on how to create a garden and give 5 top tips for topiary. 

 

How to make the most of shady corners

Shade is sometimes seen as a problem but it is the natural habitat for a host of beautiful woodland flowers, ferns and mosses that can create a wonderfully magical atmosphere. Designer Sarah Price shows you how to make the most of shady corners. 

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shady corners

Shade is sometimes seen as a problem but it is the natural habitat for a host of beautiful woodland flowers, ferns and mosses that can create a wonderfully magical atmosphere. Designer Sarah Price shows you how to make the most of shady corners. 

8 design ideas for shady places

 

Design ideas: Wild flowers in gardens

Designer, Sarah Price shows eight ways in which you can improve the ecological status of your garden and add in some natural beauty by simply introducing wild flowers into your planting scheme. 

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Design ideas: Wild flowers in the garden

Designer, Sarah Price shows eight ways in which you can improve the ecological status of your garden and add in some natural beauty by simply introducing wild flowers into your planting scheme. 

8 ways to bring wild flowers into the garden

 

9 plants for autumn interest

Nine autumn plants from a traditional-style Dutch farmhouse garden. 

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9 plants for autumn interest

Nine autumn plants from a traditional-style Dutch farmhouse garden. 

Having collected rare plants for years, Ineke Lambregts has finally succeeded in creating the garden of her dreams; one that captures the atmosphere of the farmhouse gardens of her youth. De Jorissenhoeve, a listed 1930s farmhouse in the village of Schijf, close to the Belgian border, proved to be a mighty challenge for Ineke but with an intensive programme of soil improvement and the planting of 27 lorry loads of her most precious plants, the garden is a tranquil, beautiful place that, just as Ineke wanted, looks as if it has been here for years.

LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING: 12 October 2015 Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

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Reader event: Photography workshop

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

 

Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter
with guided garden tour and practical session

 

NEW series: A year at Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

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Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

 

Crab apples

Kew-trained garden writer, blogger and photographer Graham Rice shares his recommendations for picking the perfect crab apple tree from blossom to foliage; fruit and flavour. 

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Crab apples

Kew-trained garden writer, blogger and photographer Graham Rice shares his recommendations for picking the perfect crab apple tree from blossom to foliage; fruit and flavour. 

 

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