Welcome to myclimatechangegarden.com
I started writing this blog in 2007 when I began to notice how the plants in my garden were being affected by increasingly unpredictable weather patters.
My plan was to share this personal experience with other gardeners all over the world, especially in the UK, USA and Australia. Since then I have been stimulating debate and establishing a new horticultural project called Climate Gardens.
Over the past 10 years I have written many blogs about how to adapt gardens to an uncertain climatic future but, more importantly, raising the issue of climate change in our everyday lives.
Research shows that if people think they can change things in their own back yard, they are more likely to think they can change the world. This new thinking on climate change communication is one of my inspirations for Climate Gardens and is explained here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/bank-holiday-local-environmental-projects-fabian-society-report-climate-change
Now ranked by Google for climate change gardening, this blog is recording how various climatic changes are affecting our gardens. It is creating an “internet legacy” for global gardeners to plan ahead for an uncertain future and reflect in the next 5, 10 or even 50 years on how much has changed.
Without doubt the climate is certainly changing and bringing weather that is affecting previously well defined seasons. Seasons that for centuries have enabled gardeners to know what to plant at what time of the year in order to produce the flowers and fresh produce that are the essence of any garden.
* The lengthening of the UK growing season over the past 10 years by 29 days is having a major impact on UK gardens and wildlife.http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/23/plant-growing-season-uk-one-month-longer-1990-met-office
*In the USA, extreme drought , heavy rains, monster floods are signs of a “new normal” of extreme U.S. weather events driven by climate change. http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-of-2013-from-a-climate-perspective/
* These conditions are challenging even the most experienced of USA gardeners http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/opinion/sunday/gardening-for-climate-change.html?_r=0
* Australia is vulnerable to the effects of global warming projected for the next 50 to 100 years because of its extensive arid and semi-arid areas, high annual rainfall variability, and existing pressures on water supply. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/2015/
* Australian gardeners face a range of shifting weather that is affecting their gardens with extreme drought and heat. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1201187.htm
Further information about climate change can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence.
How is climate change affecting your garden and plants?
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Why are gardens important for climate change?
Gardens are very precious places that we need to preserve as a retreat from a busy and polluted world.
Gardens help us to monitor climate change and the effects of weird and extreme weather.They can reveal on a daily basis outside our own back doors what is happening to our planet through the flowers, plants, bees, birds and variety of wildlife living in these green spaces.