RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor, Guy Barter explains that we have been lucky in the UK this year that the cold has come gradually: "If we get a mild autumn," he says, "and then deep cold, damage can be severe, but a gradual cooling leaves plants hardened and ready for severe conditions."
In total, around 600 gardens will open for the charity ranging from small seaside gardens on Orkney to grand Perthshire parkland, a remarkably productive polytunnel in Argyll to a therapeutic hospital garden in Dundee.
Nothing is worse than paying a small fortune for a treasured plant only to see it wither and struggle because it is sited in the wrong part of the garden or indeed should not have been planted in that type of garden in the first place.
Sandy Felton takes a look at some gift ideas for the gardener in your life this Christmas.
The garden collection from Susannah Hunter is a moonlit ode to luxury. Amethyst hibiscus glisten next to opulent dark oleanders, black sparkle leather is highlighted in enchanting light and the midnight garden is captured against new seasonal colours such as seahorse.
The talk, in support of the SSIT, takes place on Friday, 16th May 2014 at the Yeo Valley HQ in Blagdon, North Somerset. The day event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and includes tea and coffee on arrival, a two-course lunch with wine and tea and cake in the afternoon.
A brand new major 10 part series will air from Monday 9th December on BBC2, to inspire viewers to save the nation’s rich garden heritage. The series brings together Britain’s top gardening talent including Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame, Chris Beardshaw, Diamuid Gavin and Monty Don and will cover a wide variety of topics from wild flowers, front gardens and topiary to herbaceous borders and roof gardens.
The presenters have come together on a joint mission to switch us back to being a population that’s proud of its roses and rockeries, hedgerows and herb gardens, water features and wild flowers.