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Less lawns makes for greener gardens

25. August 2021

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Less lawns makes for greener gardens

Reducing the size of your lawn is the path to a greener garden.With increasing pressure on water supplies and the need to reduce carbon emissions,  reducing our lawns – or maybe getting rid of them completely –  is becoming an extremely topical issue. In the USA, 58 million Americans spend £30 billion a year maintaining […]

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RHS Gardening in a changing climate

13. May 2021

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A report was launched in 2017 by the RHS to help gardeners to adapt to climate change as the seasons shift and UK weather becomes more extreme. The report was written in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Reading. The report presented the results of an extensive survey of amateur […]

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Nature and climate change in our gardens

11. May 2021

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Hello Climate Gardeners Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are experiencing joy and peace in your gardens during these challenging days, as we change to a new way of living in the this pandemic society. As gardeners, we are blessed to connect with nature on a daily basis which lifts our spirits. […]

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Weather to garden?

10. May 2021

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Weather is certainly the most crucial factor when it comes to growing plants in any garden wherever you live in the world. Most visitors to this blog come from America and the UK where gardeners are finding that well-defined growing seasons are becoming confused. Our gardens are totally reliant on the weather and what it […]

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How are UK gardeners coping with climate change?

29. February 2020

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Gardens Illustrated recently asked Head Gardeners at National Trust properties up and down the UK how they were having to adapt to climate change while still preserving the history and heritage of their garden for visitors in the process. https://www.gardensillustrated.com/gardens/gardeners-adapt-climate-change/ Gardening in a changing climate brings new opportunities and encourages innovative ways to manage and plant […]

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Climate change affecting seasons

18. October 2019

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A report published by the University of Southampton confirms that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later and Spring is starting earlier in the northern hemisphere. This has huge implications for UK , European and USA gardeners. The project was led by University of Southampton Professor of Geography Peter Atkinson, who worked […]

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Climate change gardening

24. August 2019

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Richard Bisgrove is Senior Lecturer in Landscape Management at the University of Reading . He has written an excellent article about climate change gardening which offers an overview of the science behind climate change in relation to gardening. Here he summarises the long term effects of a rising temperature for the UK and its gardens: […]

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

31. July 2019

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

The UK’s highest ever temperature has been officially recorded in Cambridge, the Met Office has confirmed.https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/met-office-confirms-new-uk-record-temperature-of-387c Cambridge University Botanic Garden measured 38.7c (101.7F) on Thursday 25th July 2019. This beat the previous record of 38.5c (101.3F) set in Kent in 2003. The Met Office have also reported that UK’s 10 hottest years on record have […]

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Will Giles – The Greatest Climate Change Gardener

20. July 2019

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Will Giles was one of the greatest advocates for exotic gardening in the UK. Sadly Will is no longer with us, but his vast experience and extensive knowledge of exotic gardening in the UK lives on forever. I was very honoured to record a series of videos with Will in the Exotic Garden between 2009 and 2012 . Here is one of my favourite […]

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Wind Power as energy source

7. July 2018

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This website is powered by a green server which uses wind energy to generate its power. Making a choice about your energy source is an important issue for everyone to consider if we are to power a low carbon future. Whether it is for business or at home, it is important to identify ways to […]

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