May 28, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-my impressions mark 3: Favourite plants

I have to confess that I spent so much time looking around the show gardens at Chelsea (check out my favourites here) that by the time I was able to get to the Grand Pavillion in the late afternoon and some of the nursery plants, I was a little bit exhausted (I suppose that I…

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May 25, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 2: My top themes from Chelsea

  As ever with remarkable RHS shows such as Chelsea, there is a huge amount to see and take in: its rather like being in a favourite perfume or clothes shop!.  Despite the mass of things to experience, from show gardens to stalls to plant displays in the Great Pavilion, there were a number of…

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May 24, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 1: Favourite gardens

  This week I was fortunate enough to attend the 100th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea flower show and not surprisingly, much has changed in that 100 years.  Moreover, I have not visited the show for 10 years and in that time I have seen a marked shift in focus; whilst good…

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May 18, 2013

Our boutique allotment: Sustainable approaches to growing food

“We have not inherited the land from our ancestors; we have borrowed it from our children …”
   by Dennis J. Hall
 Office of Land Use   To me, this statement helps to define the very essence of why we need to ensure that we preserve and effectively manage the environment in which we live.…

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May 8, 2013

Up the garden path-why visiting other people’s gardens rocks

What is it about garden visiting that is so engaging, so fascinating and so inspiring?  Is it that we just want to have a nose at what others are doing on their plots so that we can ‘keep up with the Joneses’?  Engage with aspects of art, design & gardening? Get a bit of exercise?…

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