2013 Gardens back to the future

Inspiration for our gardens comes from many places – garden designers or books, a TV programme, a neighbour or an idea we  might see at RHS Chelsea.

Award-winning Chelsea stalwart Roger Platts, who is designing the M&G show garden at the RHS 2013 Show, Windows Through Time, is aiming to capture the design trends and themes of RHS Chelsea Flower Shows past and present, showing how British garden design has evolved while reflecting many recurring themes that have stood the test of time.

“I believe that the three major reasons driving the development in garden design are ever-changing architecture, climate change and lifestyle changes,” says Platts.

“Extremes of weather have tended to kill off some new trends in planting in recent years. It is not long since we were being encouraged to plant drought-tolerant varieties, only to find them frosted or rotted in cold, wet winters.

“It only takes a couple of years of extreme weather in close succession to remove gardeners’ confidence in certain plants.”

The weather is certainly one of  my biggest incentives to garden.

Gardening in the rain just  does not bring me any pleasure. Yet another very wet winter makes it hard to get my boots on, open the back door and connect again with my plants and trees. The ongoing bad weather means that I am resigned to looking through the kitchen window watching my lovely garden battered by the wind, rain and UK winter storms.

With just a tiny bit of sunshine  the green blood stirs in my veins again.

Plus the urge to get stuck into some messy digging returns.

Anyone suffer from this seasonal disorder?

Writing this blog about the effects of climate change on our gardens,  means I now understand how weather is THE vital key to the success of any garden.It challenges our efforts  to create a green nirvana but is also a unique catalyst that encourages the expansion of  innovative gardening  ideas.

The weather is always changing, all the time .

Gardeners are destined to become chameleons if we want to enjoy, preserve and prepare our beautiful gardens for an uncertain future.


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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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