What is Chelsea Fringe?

by Bethany Day on May 16, 2014

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The Chelsea Fringe Festival is gearing up for its third year on the gardening scene and is promising an exciting programme of events for 2014.

The festival, which this year runs between 17th May and 8th June, coincides with the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show but is run completely independent of it by a group of passionate volunteers. For many gardening enthusiasts it provides a quirky counterpoint to goings on in the grounds of the Royal Hospital.

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Get involved in Saving Rare Plants

by Bethany Day on February 25, 2014

LavenderTV gardening expert Christine Walkden is encouraging more people to become garden plant conservationists through the Plant Guardian project.

Christine, the BBC One Show’s resident gardening guru, wants anyone who has a rare or endangered plant in their garden to become a Plant Guardian and make sure its existence is recorded. Steps can then be taken to ensure it thrives.

Through the project, Plant Heritage has found some extremely rare plants it feared had been lost but have been conserved and added to the National Plant Collection.

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Jason Derulo says it with Roses

by Bethany Day on February 18, 2014

Jason Derulo surprised his girlfriend Jordin Sparks with an incredible 10,000 pink roses this Valentine’s Day.

After Kanye West appeared to have managed the ultimate big romantic gesture by treating Kim Kardashian to 1,000 flowers, the Talk Dirty star shared a loved-up Instagram shot showing the couple in their flower-filled hotel suite.

“10,000 roses fill this suite! I only wish I could’ve fit 10,000 more in here! Valentines everyday! Thank you to #passionroses for helping to make this special,” the singer said.

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Pesticides ‘making bees shrink’

by Bethany Day on January 20, 2014

A widely used pesticide could be the reason why bumblebees across the country are apparently shrinking.

Research from scientists in the UK reveals that a pyrethroid pesticide, which is commonly used on plants and flowering crops, stunts the growth of worker bumblebee larvae, causing them to hatch out reduced in size.

It is feared that smaller bees will be less effective at foraging for nectar and carrying out their vital task of distributing pollen.

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Make someone smile on National Kindness Day

by Bethany Day on November 12, 2013

It sometimes seems that being considerate to others is becoming a thing of the past.

But thankfully National Kindness Day is upon us once more to restore our faith in humanity and show just how paramount it is to be kind to one another.

Perhaps the author Henry James summed it up best when he said: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”

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Plants loss caused bee extinction

by Bethany Day on October 26, 2013

A loss of flowering plants caused by a huge asteroid impact 65 million years ago brought about a mass extinction of bees, scientists have claimed.

The US-based research team claimed that the massive extinction event, which is believed to have brought about the end of the dinosaurs, had catastrophic consequences for other species on Earth as well.

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire used a technique called molecular phylogenetics that looks at evolutionary relationships written in DNA. When analysing sequences from four main “tribes” of 230 carpenter bee species, the team found signs consistent with a mass extinction.

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Woman’s garden is ‘tourist hotspot’

by Julia Bradley on September 30, 2013

An award-winning garden in York has become so popular it is now part of the city’s unofficial tourist trail.

Yorkshire’s county city already boasts several visitors attractions; such as York Minster, The Shambles, Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum, York Dungeon and York Theatre Royal.

And now it seems Sharon Beadnell’s garden can be added to that list.
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Autumn to deliver ‘Spectacular Display’

by Bethany Day on September 18, 2013

Warm summer weather has filled plants with the resources needed to create “potentially spectacular” colours this autumn, experts are claiming.

The Royal Horticultural Society believes the UK could be covered in amazing red, orange and gold foliage over the coming months.

A combination of warm and sunny days, along with moisture in the soil after the wet winter, has allowed plants to build up the sugar levels required to produce such stunning colours.

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Daffodil remembers World War I Battle

by Bethany Day on September 10, 2013

Yellow daffodilA brand new daffodil will bloom into life next spring to commemorate a key battle of the First World War.

The Gallipoli Dawn, created in honour of those who fought in the Dardanelles Campaign in 1915, has been 21 years in the making by Cornwall grower Ron Scamp.

Mr Scamp and his family, from Falmouth, grow 3,000 varieties of daffodil and he made a start on the Gallipoli Dawn in 1992.

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Neil is crowned Interflora Florist of the Year

by Bethany Day on July 29, 2013

Neil Whittaker has been named Interflora Florist of the Year 2013 in a close run competition final held at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show on Friday.

Seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the industry, this year the title is particularly highly valued as Interflora marks its 90th anniversary with a calendar of special events and celebrations.

Neil, who works at The Design Element in Irlam, faced tough opposition from seven other professional florists but demonstrated a level of talent and creativity that delighted judges on the day.  It is the third time Neil has won the prestigious title and he will now go on to represent the UK at the Interflora World Cup.

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