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How do you garden in a changing climate?

15. August 2016

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Gardening and uncertain weather have always gone together but never more so now that extreme weather is bringing unpredictable seasons and shifting climate patterns to our private and public green spaces. How do you garden in a changing climate? Are you finding new ways to plant and manage your garden? Do you find the weather […]

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Will Giles – The Greatest Exotic Gardener

14. September 2015

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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 will live on forever. Will Giles was a leading pioneer for UK exotic gardening and to evidence his passion, he created an exceptional exotic garden in the heart of Norwich. Protected […]

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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

3. September 2015

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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

Will Giles from the Exotic Garden in Norwich suggests ways to maximise your garden.  http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/about-the-garden/ Traditional gardens with herbaceous borders come to a crescendo in June and early July and then gently wither and fade into their autumn colours. Many years ago I also used the more traditional border planting that goes with this style […]

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What is sustainable gardening?

20. June 2015

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Gardeners are the custodians of the UK’s 27 million parks and gardens and have a responsibility to make sure that we look after them in a responsible and environmental way – hence the phrase sustainable gardening. Sustainable gardening is the concept of using garden practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources (such as […]

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Sunshine boost for September UK gardens

3. September 2014

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          Autumn has officially arrived in the UK but the weather is still in summer mode with glorious sunshine all this week and temperatures reaching up to 22c. Although many gardens start to loose their colour and form, Will Giles Exotic Garden in Norwich still looks wonderful with  huge exotic plants and flowers . Open […]

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National Gardens Festival Weekend 2013

15. June 2013

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Private gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public during 15-16 June for the first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend Which garden will YOU be visiting this weekend?  www.ngs.org.uk/festivalmap2013.htm   Set to be the largest garden visiting event in history, with 800 openings planned over the two days, the Festival is being organised by […]

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Dreaming of an Exotic Summer

26. May 2013

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UK weather warming up at last with blue skies that have certainly lifted gardening spirits. Wonderful sunny days make me dream of  architectural plants and  exotic horticultural delights. Every night I float to  a beautiful exotic garden, the weather is glorious and the plants even more so. A handsome man wearing a colorful shirt guides […]

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Cold weather affecting plants

2. April 2013

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This photo taken at Capel Manor Horticultural College shows very clearly how plants are being affected by the very cold weather in Spring 2013. This time last year the blossom was out and many shrubs and spring bulbs were in full bloom. The growing season is starting very much later this year and it will […]

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Hints of an Indian summer

18. October 2012

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Looks as though the UK might yet enjoy some warmer weather just before we put the clocks back an hour on Sunday October 28th and head into the shortest day on 21st December .Fingers crossed the weathermen get it right this time and we reach the heights of 20c the BBC are promising over the […]

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Tropical Plants for summer gardening

27. June 2012

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Tropical Plants for summer gardening

After a miserable month of wet and cold weather, the UK is just starting to warm up with temperatures of 22 – 27c expected this week in London. Time to take advantage of all that rain and the muggy temperatures by transfering your garden into a tropical paradise for the next few months. In this […]

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