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Chelsea Climate change garden used at Heathrow

20. May 2009

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Here is a great way to make use of a Chelsea Flower Show garden: Greenpeace take RHS Chelsea Flower Show to Heathrow by Matthew Appleby HortWeek.com 20 May 2009 Greenpeace are protesting about Heathrow airport expansion by planting landscape designer Thomas Hoblyn’s Chelsea garden near the runway. Chelsea Flower Show is being transplanted to Sipson, […]

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Chelsea Shows its environmental + social conscience

19. May 2009

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Chelsea Shows its environmental + social conscience

Its that time of year again – the gardening community is buzzing with news and views about : The Greatest Flower Show on Earth – The RHS Chelsea Flower Show http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/shows/chelsea2009/ This year Chelsea takes place between 19th -23rd May in a very different climate compared to last year’s extravaganza. Despite the economic cloud that […]

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Barbecue Britain?

2. May 2009

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After two wash-outs in 2007/8, the Met office has put its reputation on the line by suggesting that summer 2009 will be a temperature busting one – reaching 30c. This is well above average and combined with their prediction of low rainfall with a number of small heatwaves, it is looking good for gardeners – […]

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Happy Sunflower Day!

1. May 2009

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Happy Sunflower Day!

Celebrate May Day and plant a sunflower to keep you smiling over the coming months. It will remind you that life is good despite the threat of  swine fever and economic gloom  – it might even inspire warm and sunny weather in the UK. May is my favourite month and this year it has a […]

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

21. April 2009

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

  London may be suffering from an economic melt-down but it is also a fertile seed bed for green ideas. The current Mayor, Boris Johnson,  does not necessarily spring to mind when you think about gardening, but it seems that he has realised the value of vegetable gardens: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/nov/04/boris-london The Mayor is also supporting the excellent Capital […]

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Guardian highlights Global Gardening

7. August 2008

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Guardian highlights Global Gardening

The Guardian ran a story today about Professor Bob Watson, Defra’s Chief Advisor, warning that we should be prepared to adapt to a global temperature rise of 4c. The most interesting piece of this article for me is that the Guardian decided to lead with a picture and caption that sums up exactly what Global […]

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Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get!

12. July 2008

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Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get!

How apt these words from Robert Heinlein were today! Woke up to brilliant sunshine and temperatures of 20c but, as I took a train and carbon free boat ride to the Hampton Court Flower Show, the weather changed. Great big clouds moved across the sky casting a shadow over the 25 acre show ground. By […]

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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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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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