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Gardening - explaining a British national obsession"

Back in the summer I received a surprise email, from the Almeida Theatre in London, who were staging a play - Albion, in which a garden plays a crucia...
27-11-2017 22:00

Overwhelmed by garden books"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Books.Many gardeners accumulate as many books as they do plant species. Now that we are moving, I face the problem of cu...
27-10-2017 21:55

Voyages east and west - but new plants needed

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Three year old street planting in Vilnius, Lithuania At home after some very interesting travelling. I blogged before ab...
05-10-2017 21:53

Bia?owieza - Europe's last virgin forest

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The Bia?owieza Forest in eastern Poland is somewhere I have always wanted to go ? the only genuinely virgin, un...
06-09-2017 21:58

Gardening takes off in the Baltics

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I\'ve been travelling to eastern Europe since 1993 when Jo got a job in Bratislava, Slovakia. I love the area,...
31-08-2017 21:54

Jimi Blake and Hunting Brook Gardens - Gardening's R&D Depar

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I recently took a day trip to Dublin, flying there and back in one day, which is not something I have done to a...
12-08-2017 21:56

Travels in Iberia

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Its at least a month since we got back from a trip to Spain and Portugal, but better late than never. Basically...
20-07-2017 21:54

Can we have a sensible discussion about Roundup"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Roundup. Incredibly useful stuff. You\'ve got to plant an area up, but how do you get rid of the existing vege...
16-06-2017 21:55

Moving on"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } ?You should have seen the garden last week? is a comment often heard from the lips of gardeners. In fact it has become s...
10-06-2017 21:49

RHS Shows - A Requiem for a great institution

I\'ve taken some time to get this post up, seems ages that I was down in London to do a lecture for the Royal Horticultural Society Spring Show. I\'m ...
15-04-2017 21:52

William Robinson - a reputation (un)deserved"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I groan inwardly everytime someone mentions William Robinson and \'The Wild Garden\', which he wrote in 1871. His name i...
28-03-2017 22:06

Educating gardeners and designers part two

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } More thoughts on garden educationFollowing on from my last post, more thoughts on how we learn stuff. I\'ve lost count o...
04-03-2017 21:51

Teaching gardening skills - the decline stops here!

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Two conversations recently about the terrible state of horticultural education in Britain: both with former teachers at ...
20-02-2017 21:48

Would you trust a seed swap seed"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Its February, so it must be seed swap time again! Seed swaps have been growing in popularity for some years now...
01-02-2017 21:54


P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } As a frequent visitor to the USA I think I should offer my thoughts.I v...
17-01-2017 21:49

Eucalyptus and Mimosa - Portugal's Australian problem

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } A typical cultural landscape in Coimbra district. The distant hills would be about 90% eucalpytusJust had two weeks in c...
04-01-2017 21:50

Japanese Gardens - what are we actually looking at"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Still mulling over our recent trip to Japan, leading a privately-organised tour. It was my second trip, and the first fo...
23-12-2016 21:45

'A Garden Flora' - for Christmas reading all year round

Here we are, hot off the press!My new book, which I was working on last year. A reference book, a dipping-in book, an ideal Christmas present of cours...
16-12-2016 21:46

Japan - not just stones and raked sand.

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Within the space to two days, the chance to see two stupendous examples of Japanese horticulture, but so totall...
16-11-2016 21:51

Big ideas about small gardens

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } A friend\'s garden in Bristol - made too late to be actually in the book, maybe next time Small gardens - it wasn\'t th...
22-10-2016 21:48

Russia - gardening culture survives and now thrives

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }  Russia. Not a country particularly associated with gardens. Which is perhaps unfair. There is more going on h...
08-10-2016 21:59

Capability Brown - dirty money funds the IKEA of landscape d

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } This year has been the tercentenary of Lancelot \'Capability\' Brown, the eighteenth century landscape designer...
03-09-2016 21:46

Time to mingle" Getting it right in naturalistic planti

\'Intermingling\' has become the buzzword of the moment in planting design. Here is a piece I wrote for the Ecological Landscaping Alliance e-newslett...
17-08-2016 21:43

Weihenstephan - German planty paradise

Weihenstephan: meet a German gardener or landscape designer, and the chances are, they studied here. Its a unique institution, with no real equivale...
22-07-2016 21:47

Summer tasks - managing wild-style perennials

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Stachys macrantha at the centre. A solid clump-forming perennial it is in the company of a blue Geranium pratense behind...
06-07-2016 21:48

News from this Benighted Kingdom

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I haven\'t written a blog posting for ages, having been very busy, and a holiday etc. But I thought I should w...
28-06-2016 21:45

Spain - a rich territory for new ideas

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } A trip to Spain, for the first time in more than twenty years. In this time, I have spent 2 months in Argentina, Uruguay...
06-05-2016 22:14

The Piet Oudolf story, and many

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } A lot of regular readers of this blog will probably be aware of the \'Oudolf Hummelo\' book being \'out\'. I\'ve been m...
05-05-2016 16:17

Reviewing progress at the Olympic Park

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The Sarah Price design for the \'Sheffield school\' plantings at the QE Park  A trip to the Queen Elizabeth Park with a...
05-05-2016 16:17

Overwatering the desert" Planting in Dubai.

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Modern public spaces allow for new forms of social interactionJust spent a couple of days in Dubai (on the way back from...
05-05-2016 16:17

Don't grow your own; get your credit card out instead!

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } When I had a nursery business, back in the 1980s-1990s, one of my gripes was the problem of plants being sold a...
05-05-2016 16:17

Confessions of a garden tour guide

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The elderly American lady stood in the middle of the German park, tears streaming down her face. Initially ala...
05-05-2016 16:17

New Garden Festival - up and running!

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } It\'s a funny feeling doing something and feeling that what you are doing might be the start of something really major....
05-05-2016 16:17

Getting the meadow cut - and why I hate sheep

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } At last we have gotten the meadow cut. This is an annual nightmare, as it is for a lot of other owners of small patches ...
05-05-2016 16:17

Self-seeding plants - joys and dangers

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Molinia caerulea supsp. arundinacea glowing in recent November sunlight - the worst offender for seedings, not so much t...
05-05-2016 16:17

Hellebore troubles

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Hellebores can make such a huge impact as they flower so much earlier than anything else. Try cutting them thou...
05-05-2016 16:17

and the Cyclamen gets the prize!

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Mega-magnolias. They really stole the show.Its a long time since I have been asked to judge anything at a flower show. T...
05-05-2016 16:17

The Garden at Montpelier Cottage in May

The garden in May. I\'m pretty happy with it now. We have been here ten years and things are coming along nicely. This May in particular has been good...
05-05-2016 16:17

Berchigranges - still the most beautiful garden in the world

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Three years ago, round about this time of year I visited le Jardin de Berchigranges, in the Vosges mountains of eastern ...
05-05-2016 16:17

The lost plants of the Victorian golden age

The Victorian era was a true golden age for gardeners in Britain. Looking through the magazines, books and nursery catalogues of the period, it is cle...
05-05-2016 16:17

Gardener Abuse

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Gardeners are underpaid. We all know that. They are also often not understood. All too often I have been invol...
05-05-2016 16:17

Volunteering in gardens

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Volunteering in public gardens seems a big new trend. Basically ? the idea is that public gardens, such as those owned b...
05-05-2016 16:17

The Eden Project - a review

We visited the Eden Project for the first time in years the other week. So interesting to see how this fantastically imaginative project is coming on....
05-05-2016 16:17

Peter Janke - plantsman AND designer

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } An all-too brief trip to Germany recently. A chance to get some summer sun during a singularly cool English summer, but...
05-05-2016 16:17

The rise and rise of the feel-good garden

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I recently had to review a book, a mainstream, lavishly illustrated, rather general book on choosing and using ornamenta...
05-05-2016 16:17

What really stresses me out - weeding

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Its the end of the winter and it has been very wet, and for the most part very mild. We have a long growing sea...
05-05-2016 16:17

Perennials - which is the best reference book"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Several people have been asking me recently about the best reference books on perennials. So here goes (until that is I\...
05-05-2016 16:17

Historical or Wild Garden Plant Image search

I\'m currently getting towards the end of writing a book provisionally called A Garden Flora, the Origins, Ecology and History of Garden P...
05-05-2016 16:17

Is Naturalistic Planting almost Mainstream now" !

Intermingling as a planting strategy works well at Little Ash Bungalow with things like Knautia macedonica, which often needs support for its rangy st...
05-05-2016 16:17

Perennials across Europe: Czech, Slovak, German

One of Adam Baros\'s plantings at the Dendrological Garden in Pruhonice, which has survived a scorching summerMy recent post about the wonderful garde...
05-05-2016 16:17

The aliens (might be) landing !

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Rhododendron x superponticum dominating waterside habitat in Yorkshire. Maybe the otters like it for cover but ...
05-05-2016 16:17

Where have all the alpines gone"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Where have all the alpines gone"Here, I want to ask this question, and I am illustrating it through the generous donatio...
05-05-2016 16:17

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