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Met Office highlights Climate Change at Hampton Court

7. July 2008

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The Met Office have published the following key facts about climate change and gardening . These support everything that I talk about on this blog and at http://www.globalgardening.org Faster: UK gardeners cut their lawns almost two weeks earlier than they did in 2001. Slower: The yield of fruit trees is reduced when the buds fail […]

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Indian fruit and spice

13. June 2008

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I feel slightly pathetic when I moan about the snails and slugs eating my oriental salad leaves. This is hardly a major problem compared to parts of the world where local people depend on regular crop harvests for their day to day survival. This week the Times reported about the implication of climate change for […]

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Australia feels the heat

9. June 2008

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Australia feels the heat

Australia has just experienced the driest May on record and the government is seriously concerned about water supplies. They issued a drought statement on 31st May which clearly explains how dire the water situation is http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/drought.shtml Presumably, plants like this native Bottle Brush are thriving in the drought? My blog is visited by many Australians […]

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Biodiversity at Chelsea Flower Show

24. May 2008

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More palm trees in England may please some of the people some of the time but, it is equally important for gardeners to understand how biodiversity is crucial for preserving our natural fauna and wildlife. As well as adapting our gardens to climate change, the issue of biodiversity will always be a key area for […]

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Global Chelsea

23. May 2008

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The Chelsea Flower Show may take place in London but it receives visitors and media coverage from all around the world. It is an international event that sows seeds of inspiration for the global horticultural scene. Climate change in the garden is certainly one of the key issues that concerns gardeners wherever they may live. […]

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Chelsea Flower Show – Green Gardens

22. May 2008

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The greenest gardens and exhibitors at the Chelsea Flower Show for me are those that use planting ideas based around the changing climate with its rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall. An exhibit that captures this concept extremely well was created by the University of East Anglia where I used to be a student. UEA has […]

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Climate Change at Chelsea Flower Show

16. May 2008

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from May 20-24 at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, and, it appears that climate change is the buzz word for this year’s exhibitors. Chelsea sets the horticultural trends in the UK and it is excellent news that the show is sending out as many green messages as possible to […]

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Carbon Soil Issues

14. May 2008

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Yesterday I listened to the current Radio 4 series called A Sun Parched Country which tells how Australia is dealing with climate change and severe drought. This week’s programme told the fascinating story about Australian farmers locking up carbon in the atmosphere by fostering deep-rooted plant species on land used for agriculture. It explained how […]

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Letter from America

26. April 2008

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Hi Debbie, Is now late morning on Friday 25th April and this is the first time I have had a chance to actually sit down at my laptop. Like the good old UK – the weather here is very unpredictable. I am staying at a well known nursery in this neck of the woods called […]

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Climate Change in US gardens

13. April 2008

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Climate Change in US gardens

One of my biggest inspirations for exotic plants is The Exotic Garden in Norwich. Created by its owner, Will Giles, this is a hidden oasis of tropical and exotic plants from all over the world located right in the centre of Norwich – in fact it is just down the road from Delia Smith’s beloved […]

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