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Named after the striders, strollers and steppers, who walk for health in the roads, fields and hedgerows around Albrighton - where the company is based - the rose has miniature blush pink rosettes and is perfect for arches, pillars and trellises as well as walls and fences.
The UK's biggest gardening show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, will be back in its home in one of the country’s most stunning Royal Parks from 9th to 124th July. The show, which celebrates the great garden festival, has a new look for 2013 with three new zoned areas.
The show will home 34 gardens, demonstrating seasonally inspiring plant combinations and the latest trends in garden design. Some of the UK's top nurseries will be displaying blooms of all colours and styles and the Rose Marquee will be a delight for all.
Following on from winning a Gold Medal and The People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, garden designer Chris Beardshaw has turned his attention to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July, where he is creating a thought provoking show garden for McCarthy & Stone, the UK's leading retirement developer.
As with all his show gardens Chris wants this design to not only provide a beautiful outdoor space, but to also promote the key messages of McCarthy & Stone, which believes that later life should be rich, rewarding and hugely fulfilling. With his highly creative design, Chris is aiming to challenge the preconceptions and sterotypes of later life and to honour and celebrate the experiences and positive role models within the UK’s growing over-60s population.
An unused and overgrown corner of the grounds at the Royal Hospital Chelsea have been transformed into a new contemplation garden, thanks to a veterans' charity and a team of green-fingered supporters.
Charity Gardening Leave, which provides horticultural therapy for Armed Forces veterans, enlisted the help of the British Plant Nursery Guide, designer Rosemary Coldstream as well as scores of volunteers to build the new garden.
Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show was always going to be the focal point of this year’s gardening season. Now it is all over, the excitement abated, the gardens starting to be dismantled - with one hopes some going on to new homes - and the gradual return of the site at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to its normal state, it is perhaps time to sit back and reflect on the experience and what highlights we took away.
Personally, I thought this was a vintage Chelsea. One always expects the gardens and exhibits to be of a high standard - 'Nil Satis Nisi Optimum' - and this year was no exception, however, for the first time in the last decade of visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I found I couldn’t decide which was the best in show. Normally, I get this spot on, for the last three or four years I have plugged the right garden, but this year, no.
The bedroom of Claude Monet, on the first floor of his Normandy farmhouse at Giverny, has been restored to look as close as possible to the way it was towards the end of the Impressionist painter’s life, around 1920.
There were no photographs available to help with the restoration so art historian Sylvie Patin and designer Hubert Le Gall, had to find clues in written accounts from the period, both by Monet himself and by those who visited him.
There are some pretty classy plant introductions at this year's RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show and below we take a look at a selection which caught our eye.
Cayeux Iris, of Vaour, France, have several new introductions in 2013. Iris 'Barbe Noire', Iris 'Nelly Tardivier', Iris 'Grand Veneur', Iris 'Saphir Jaune', Iris 'Villa Erba', Iris 'Tel Arlequin' and Iris 'Domino Noir'.
From the quintessentially English to the tropical Australian, via Japan and Lesotho, Sandy Felton takes a look at the Centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show.When an organisation reaches a centenary celebration there is always going to be the expectation of something special, a milestone achieved and a frisson of excitement as the event approaches.
For the RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, it was no different. How does a flower show which has built a global reputation for horticultural excellence do even better? Perhaps the record breaking number of gold medals might be an indication - 92 exhibits this year - or the fact that for the first time 10 Show Gardens have been awarded RHS Gold Medals.
The exhibition is supported by Squire's Garden Centres, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Replica Plants and runs until 8th September 2013.
Jekyll was born into an upper-middle-class family in 1843, as a result of which she came into contact with the steady flow of eminent visitors from the worlds of art and science.
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