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Chelsea Flower Show nature for the 1%?

23. May 2012

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The  Chelsea Flower Show usually lightens even the hardest of hearts. Not so with John Vidal writing in the Guardian today: “The Chelsea flower show is nature for the 1% A new breed of pest is swarming over London SW3, trying to grow not plants but wealth. It’s time to reclaim the natural world“. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/22/chelsea-flower-show?newsfeed=true […]

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Chelsea Flower Show adapts to weird weather

21. May 2012

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The 2012 Chelsea Extravaganza is under way despite the very challenging weather in recent weeks which meant many exhibitors changed their planting due to the lack of flowers available. Jo Thompson, garden designer for A Celebration of Caravanning show garden, said: “It’s been a funny spring, the plants have been late. We’ve had the drought […]

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Chelsea Flower Show sun shines

20. May 2012

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The sun and warmer weather have arrived just in time for the 99th Chelsea Flower Show which opens tomorrow. Forecast is for temperatures as high as 23c.http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012 Alan Titchmarsh will be offering his usual daily coverage on BBC TV.If like me you did not get tickets its a great way to view the delights of […]

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Chelsea Flower Show – climate change takes centre stage

9. May 2012

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The  2012 RHS Chelsea Flower is from May 22 to 26 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2012 Looks as though climate change and the effects on our plants and gardens is at last going to be given more exposure in 2012. Forget the extravagant floral displays and wacky design features like […]

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National Gardening Week 16 – 22nd April

16. April 2012

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This is a new initiative launched by the RHS to get the nation growing and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening.       http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk Gardening has to be the best remedy for coping with just about anything life throws at you .Such a great way to drift away from the economic turmoil, austerity measures and […]

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Drought resistant gravel gardens

4. April 2012

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Gravel gardening in the UK is proving very popular in 2012, being ideal for periods of drought and requiring little maintenance. For more ideas on gravel gardening visit the doyenne of this style of gardening – Beth Chatto .http://www.bethchatto.co.uk/gravel.ht  

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RHS environment issues at Chelsea Flower Show

22. March 2012

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With more than 85 percent of the UK population living in towns and cities, domestic gardens make up a significant component of the urban landscape. This year’s RHS Environment exhibits offer perspectives on the science of urban greening, highlighting how we can make the most of our green spaces – no matter how small – […]

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RHS records weather woes

3. March 2012

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The RHS Advisory Department experienced its busiest year in 2011, receiving more than 60000 enquiries from its members- a record breaker. The team of RHS experts solved myriad enquiries which ranged from problems associated with pests and diseases to plant identification. Many of the queries pertained to the unpredictable temperatures throughout the year. Chief Horticultural […]

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Frost alert for UK plants

9. February 2012

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The cold weather continues to challenge many plants in the UK with very severe frosts and temperatures of -8 recorded in the South East tonight. The RHS has useful information about how some plants protect themselves from frost and suggests things you can do to help them survive the current freezing temperatures: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=704

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Clocks back ready for brrrr winter

29. October 2011

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We might get an extra hour in bed tonight but it will be getting darker earlier tomorrow and possibly much, much colder. Weather forecasters are warning that the UK may suffer from the coldest Winter in decades. Here are some suggestions from the RHS on how to prepare your garden for the next few dark and frosty months.: […]

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