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RHS gardens in a changing climate

7. April 2014

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                                                On April 1st I attended the RHS Spring Fair in London on a beautiful sunny day.  The blossom was out and the warm sunshine helped everyone think that the heavy downpours of […]

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Gardens by the Bay volunteering

24. February 2014

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I have just returned from an amazing horticultural experience in Singapore where I explored how this thriving city is greening its buildings and bringing the beauty and power of plants to Gardens by the Bay. Read what I said about volunteering at this futuristic garden and follow this blog for more updates on Singapore’s beautiful […]

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Environmental gardening in Singapore

19. January 2014

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Singapore is a city full of cutting edge design and horticultural delights with a unique and inspirational 101 acre park called Gardens by the Bay which opened in 2012. I am very excited to be volunteering in this amazing environmental space. Gardens by the Bay offers a cloud forest, heritage gardens, cool conservatories, tropical flowers, […]

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Mild UK autumn weather changes

17. November 2013

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It has been a glorious and almost never ending  Autumn with temperatures remaining roughly one degree higher than normal. Walking through Green Park in London I noticed that many trees still have very green leaves. Nature  paints a beautiful picture in Autumn and it has been wonderful to enjoy the sun and mild weather well […]

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October warmth good for flowers and trees

3. November 2013

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No sign of Mr Frost as yet here in Southern UK .Early statistics for October up to the 28th of the month suggest this October is likely to be one of the warmest in records dating back to 1910. Many  flowers have continued to bloom and my garden is  full of some beautiful flowers enjoying the […]

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UK Weather confuses gardeners

5. October 2013

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Gardening and weather are rather like a sandwich. The ingredients can often compliment each other but increasingly the weather is proving to leave a slightly bad taste for some gardeners. Following one of the coldest winters in 2012/13 when spring did not really arrive until at least end May, the UK has basked in a […]

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UK weather turns more extreme

29. September 2013

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Global trends identified by climate scientists suggest Britain will get more extreme rainfall, and wetter and warmer winters. Following the latest IPCC report the outlook for UKweather patterns is changing. Warmer, wetter winters and more extreme rainfall are what the UK can expect from climate change, meteorological experts warned on Friday. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/27/climate-change-uk-weather-ipcc

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Economists sprout green fingers

5. September 2013

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Economists sprout green fingers

  Gardening is a great antedote to stress – anyone feeling the financial strain might like to get their hands dirty and connect to their roots – or just read this article which appeared in The Economist magazine for inspiration. It captures everything I say about gardening in a changing climate. In particular, it confirms […]

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September Indian Summer for RHS Flower Show

2. September 2013

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September has begun with glorious sunshine and the promise of very warm temperatures this week across Southern England . Highs of 77F to 78F (25 to 26C) are expected across the country on Monday and the south east is likely to see that rise to 82F or 28c on Thursday.Although showers due from Friday it […]

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Climate change seeds saved for future crops

23. July 2013

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An international operation has been launched to save seeds from wild plants which scientists believe will be crucial in protecting crops from the potentially devastating impact of climate change. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23410177?print=true How best to feed a growing population in a changing climate is fiercely debated with many new and emerging research fields hoping to provide a […]

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