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The Chris Evans Taste Garden

The Chris Evans Taste Garden, one of five Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

The Chris Evans Taste Garden is one of five Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Radio 2.  The Chris Evans Taste Garden has been designed by Jon Wheatley.  

Free Entry to Fathers and Other Lovely Garden Events for Father’s Day 2017

If you’re planning a special family day out to celebrate Father’s Day 2017, I hope this list of garden events and activities will help you to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.

Gardens and Parks to visit on Father’s Day 2017

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP, are offering free entry to all Fathers who are accompanied by a full price, paying child, on Father’s Day, Sunday 18th June 2017, for all the details, please click here.

Beautiful, Easy to Grow Cut Flowers to Sow in April

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite cut flowers; these beautiful, easy to grow flowers, don’t require any cosseting.  You can sow these flowers from seed this month, directly where they are to flower, so there’s no messing about with potting seedlings on, and no need for a greenhouse or any special kit or equipment.

There are so many fabulous varieties of Nigella available.  

Gardens Open for Disabled Access Day 2017

Disabled Access Day began in 2015.  The idea behind this event was to create a special day to celebrate the attractions, gardens, and other days and evenings out, that offer great accessibility for disabled visitors.

The attractions participating in Disabled Access Day 2017, could feature carefully and considerately thought out and planned, level access for disabled visitors, over smooth, wide paths, that are easy to access for visitors, whether they are using a wheelchair or walking on foot, making the garden or attraction a pleasure to visit for disabled visitors who find walking difficult.  

Gardens Offering Free Entry to Mothers on Mother’s Day 2017

If you’re looking for a special day out for Mother’s Day 2017, I hope this list of garden events will help you.

Gardens to visit on Mother’s Day 2017

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS, are offering free entry for all Mothers visiting Cliveden with their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 26th March 2017, for all the details, please click here.

Protecting your Plants from Slugs and Snails

For many gardeners, the slug and snail population seemed to explode in 2016, with many fraught and distressed gardeners asking for my advice on the best way to protect their plants from slugs and snails.  I am strongly opposed to slug pellets.  I wouldn’t wish to kill any of the slugs or snails in my garden as I believe a healthy eco system is important.

Peat Free Compost and Winter Flowers

Peat Free Compost

Last summer, I ran a Peat Free Compost Trial to compare the different peat free composts available, and find out how well each of the composts performed growing dwarf French beans under the same conditions.  In my trial, Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Vegetables and Salads, and Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost were the clear winners producing healthy plants with a great harvest.

Peat Free Compost Trial 2016

I have always loved our natural world.  I have always wished to protect every important habitat for plants, animals, and nature, all over the world.  I am passionate about protecting the rainforests and the many other wonderful, precious environments and habitats that exist on Earth, including peat bogs.  Peat bogs are amazing environments, covering just 2-3% of the planet’s surface.  Many of the special, rare, and interesting plants which are found growing in peat bogs can only be grown in the specific conditions found at these sites, and consequently if the conditions change, or the habitat is destroyed, the plants and the ecosystem that had evolved in that area is also lost.

2017 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

There are many local plant sales, fetes, and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free!  Great quality, rare, hard to find, special, and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs and other events that I have listed below.

In this 2017 calendar of specialist plant fairs, sales, swaps, and other lovely events where you can buy plants, I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens, much smaller plant sales organised by local groups, and plant societies, and everything in between!  

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners 2016

I feel such an uplifting, happy sensation when I find the perfect gift.  I have been busy testing out products, searching for special gifts for gardeners.  Here are my recommendations:

Membership of a horticultural society would make a super present.  There are many local gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey, where you can learn about gardening and make new friends.