Welcome to myclimatechangegarden.com

10568889_10153030168654838_4910676269903117564_nI started writing this blog in 2008 when I began to notice how the plants in my garden are affected by increasingly unpredictable weather patters.

Since then, I have been sharing this personal experience with other gardeners all over the world to inspire interaction with climate change outside our back doors.

I have been stimulating debate and established a new horticultural project called Climate Gardens.

This has involved writing over 850 blogs about how to adapt gardens to an uncertain climatic future but, more importantly, raising the issue of climate change in our everyday lives. Everybody needs to feel empowered to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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 records how a changing climate is 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 shifting and delivering weather that doe not adhere to 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/ 

*  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. Nine of the last ten years have been the hottest on record in Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/

Further information about climate change can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence.

How is climate change affecting your garden and plants?

Please share your experiences of how a shifting climate is affecting your garden with global visitors to this blog via the comments section or complete the online survey at http://climategardens.co.uk/

This blog receives hits from all over the world and sharing techniques for coping with a shifting climate can help us all plan and plant our gardens for an uncertain future.

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. Most importantly the plants we choose – in particular trees – can play an important role in soaking up huge amounts of harmful carbon dioxide circulating in the atmosphere. This harmful gas is a direct result of burning fossil fuels for over 100 years.

Take two simple steps to protect your garden against climate change and to preserve  your children’s future:

Step 1

Look outside to experience  Climate Change happening NOW in your garden.

Notice the seasons shifting and extreme weather becoming more common.

How does this make you feel about the future of your garden?

Step 2

Plant the right trees in the right place to help the planet to breathe and reduce carbon dioxide.

Trees grow well  if you choose the right variety – plant in your garden and any shared spaces.

Thanks for your interest in Climate Gardens.

Visit our online survey to share experiences of gardening in a changing climate.

Deborah Scott Anderson

Founder, Climate Gardens @climategarden

Supporter, The Woodland Trust #EveryTreeCounts