UK Gardening News
One of my favourite gardens at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show was the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism garden inspired by Emily Dickinson, conceived by Susannah Hunter with expert planting from Catherine MacDonald.
The garden won a Silver Gilt and its good news to know that the same expert team will again be exhibiting at the 2014 show.
This time Susannah and Catherine will be returning with a larger show garden inspired largely by the Massachusetts' Atlantic coastline and again sponsored by The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) kicks off the 2014 season with the RHS London Plant and Design Show on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February.
Fresh winter colour and early-flowering plants will be exhibited by the UK's best nurserymen and growers with an abundance of bulbs and plants to buy.
Visitors can expect to see and buy contemporary garden products and many different snowdrops, hellebores and early spring bulbs including new plants and unusual cultivars.
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.
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.
The project has won the Best Restoration of a Georgian Garden category at the Georgian Group Architectural Awards, beating entries from The Crown Estates for their restoration in Windsor Great Park and Ted Coryton for the Sir James Tillie Mausoleum at Pentillie Castle, Cornwall.
The loss and fragmentation of its preferred ancient woodland habitat to disease and development is contributing to the decline. The hazel or common dormouse is an important 'bio indicator', preferring to live in rich, well managed native woodland, with a mix of species for seasonal food. Its presence is a marker of woodland rich for many species of wildlife.
During the First World War the small Devon village of Northlew lost proportionally the highest number of enlisted men of any municipality in the UK.In remembrance of those brave men and boys, the people of Northlew have decided to create a 20 mile long poppy avenue, which will be the longest of its kind in the world.
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