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The Yellow Book 2013

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.


Now is the time to start thinking about getting supports in place ready for the surge in spring growth and gardeners are been urged to choose British grown hazel beanpoles to help increase the demand for coppice woodland management -which in turn will benefit woodland wildlife especially rare woodland flowers. 

The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

Penstemon Sunrise c. Dennis Frates

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 have just been announced. Take a look at the winning picture, view a slideshow and find out more about the exhibition.

Well thought-out design for a garden c. Annie Guilfoyle

Gardening can be a balancing act between your desired looks and the time you are able to spend on maintenance. So how do you get impressive results without devoting your whole life to your garden? Designer Annie Guilfoyle gives some tips

Mowing the lawn

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine of the best lawnmowers to get your grass looking perfect - whatever the size of your lawn

Autumn colours in Japan

Discover the tranquil beauty and rich autumn colours of Kyoto and its surrounding garden attractions 

Chiswick House Camellia Festival. Design by Marthe Armitage

Chiswick House springs to life this month in the beautifully restored conservatory with the Camellia Festival. There's 33 historic camellias to enjoy from 16 February to 17 March.

Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the March garden. Here we highlight Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'.

GroChar soil improver

Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.

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