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We have the new perennials but where is the new perennial ga

A recent blog post by Marc \'le jardinier\' is tries to provoke a discussion about whether the so-called \'New Perennial\' movement has had much of an...
02-08-2018 21:39

Let's stop talking about 'natural' gardens

The word \'natural\' must be one of the most abused in the English language. Its use generally implies \'good\', and all-too often \'buy this product...
21-06-2018 21:44

So often it's gardeners make great gardens not owners or des

I recently had an upsetting email from a colleague and friend who has just had his last day at the job he has had for nearly twenty years...
07-06-2018 21:41

Australian plants amaze, astonish and confuse

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The stunning landscape installation by Kate Cullity at the Cranbourne Botanic Garden, Melbourne, evokes the Aus...
10-04-2018 21:40

The New Zealand look - the colony's revenge"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } First time in New Zealand. Which is a bit like arriving on another planet in plant terms. But not others ? very strange...
09-03-2018 21:51

Singapore's Garden Extravaganza - with a focus on cloud fore

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The last time I was in Singapore which must have been getting on for ten years ago, Gardens by the Bay was under constru...
19-02-2018 21:40

House Plants are back!

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } After many years of being seriously uncool, house plants seem to be back in fashion. My son, more in tune with ...
08-02-2018 21:43

Portugal's firestorm disaster - eucalyptus to blame

This is the old manor house which Jo\'s daughter and family were thinking of buying, but the estate agent hadn\'t updated the pictures.P { margin-bott...
03-02-2018 21:41

Transplanting myself, or is it uprooting"

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } One of the last pictures I took at Montpelier Cottage.  Late September.?I felt so shocked I shut the computer right awa...
23-01-2018 21:41

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

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