Race on to save rare Cornish plant

by Julia Bradley on January 13, 2014

Conservationists are racing against the clock to save a rare Cornish plant that is failing to thrive in the wild.

There are just 13 Lizard junipers remaining at a site in the Gew Graze Valley on the Lizard Peninsula after it suffered very low rates of regeneration, with detailed surveys in 2010 showing a complete lack of natural regeneration.
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Call to save Britain’s front gardens

by Julia Bradley on December 11, 2013

The BBC’s latest gardening programme is launching a bid to protect a dying species – the British front garden.

It has been revealed that one episode of the Great British Garden Revival will focus on rejuvenating green spaces in front of the home, which are increasingly being paved over either for house extensions or parking spaces.

Front gardens were once an important and practical feature of the home, keeping passing traffic at arm’s length and providing places to grow flowers or chat with neighbours.
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Miracle Garden features 45 million flowers

by Julia Bradley on December 1, 2013

Millions of visitors are expected to start walking through the doors of Dubai’s newly-reopened Miracle Garden, which boasts a mind-boggling 45 million flowers.

As part of the new season for the stunningly colourful flower garden, a floral clock, butterfly park, aromatic garden and even an edible garden will all be on display.
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Christmas book ideas for gardeners

by Julia Bradley on November 29, 2013

Everyone has a gardening lover in the family and a good horticulture book is likely to be appreciated this Christmas. But if you’re not the green-fingered type yourself, it can be hard to know where to start.

Help is at hand from trusted gardening writer Tim Richardson, who selected his favourite tomes for this year’s selection in the Daily Telegraph.
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Youngster wins Homebase garden competition

by Julia Bradley on November 28, 2013

A young gardener has beaten off competition from hundreds of people to win a place on a ground breaking garden training programme.

Jordan Twivey, 20, will put his horticulture knowledge to the test at the Homebase Garden Academy.

This is a pioneering scheme set up between Homebase and Adam Frost – designer of five RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal-winning gardens.
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New show to revive traditional gardens

by Julia Bradley on November 7, 2013

The BBC has announced the launch of a new gardening show aimed at broadening the horticultural horizons of its viewers.

Great British Garden Revival hopes to encourage people to move away from patios and standard lawns, towards adventurous flowers and rockeries, across an initial 10 episodes.

With the help of experts Monty Don and Charlie Dimmock, the new programme will offer viewers tips and ideas, as well as an insight into the UK’s “horticultural heritage”.
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Knitted flowers delight Hull children

by Julia Bradley on October 15, 2013

Pupils at a primary school in Hull were surprised when they showed up on Monday morning to be greeted by a yarn flower display, celebrating the opening of an spectacular edible forest garden nearby.

The fence outside the entrance to Thoresby Primary was covered with a host of colourful floral decorations, much to the delight of the children and their parents.
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Gardens for all, urges Monty Don

by Julia Bradley on October 15, 2013

Compulsory gardens and allotments would help to nurture a new generation interested in flowers and plants, according to one of British television’s leading horticulturists.

Monty Don advocated a sharing scheme in which older people, those with disabilities or people who are simply too busy would allow others to tend their land.

The television gardener, talking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, said that everyone should have access to land they can manage, arguing that all houses must come with a garden, and all flats an allotment.
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Patio Planting Ideas

by Bethany Day on July 17, 2012

Patio PlantOutdoor containers planted up with the right type of flowers can instantly transform a small patio, courtyard or balcony, making them inviting places to spend your summer days.

From the choice of flowers and styles of planters you choose, there are a number of ways to really make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how limited, and bring your personal sense of style out of doors.

Here are a few of the most popular patio looks and how to achieve them…

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