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New York Botanical Garden offers inspiration

The New York Botanical Garden could offer green-fingered individuals across the US a great source of inspiration It has a constantly changing range of displays, so is always worth a look when considering new themes for your own garden. The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens is said to be a particularly breathtaking attraction, forming […]

Depression ‘can be beaten by gardening’

Stepping outside and getting to work with the garden tools can be a great way for people to cheer themselves up if they are feeling down. Indeed, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians across the pond in the UK, is calling on doctors to start prescribing a session outdoors as a […]

Drought-tolerant plants great for gardeners in hot climates

Drought-tolerant plants could be the perfect solution for people who are struggling to maintain their garden in hotter parts of the US. There are plenty of suitable varieties on offer, it is simply a question of selecting one that is most appropriate for the space available. Climbers are likely to be a top choice for […]

Gardens ‘can counter climate change’

Gardens can be used to counter the impact of climate change, particularly for people who live in built-up urban areas. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) notes that this will be a generally positive trend for city landscapes. In order to raise awareness of this, the gardening charity is hosting an Environment exhibit at its forthcoming […]

Take inspiration from Flower Show gardens

There are plenty of places gardeners can look to take inspiration on how to give their outdoor space a distinctive edge. Events such as competitions are a prime example, as there are often a lot of unusual design and arrangement ideas on display. With the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show set to take place […]

Make the Most of your Garden Show Experience— Sunset Garden Editor Kathleen Brenzel tells how

“Every garden starts with inspiration, and you can find lots of inspired ideas at garden shows,” says Kathleen Norris Brenzel, editor of the just-published ninth edition of The New Sunset Western Garden Book. She should know. As Sunset Magazine’s Garden Editor, Kathleen has judged countless show display gardens and presented many excellent talks on the […]

Guest Post – The Golden Age of Greenhouses by Roger Marshall

The golden age of greenhouses could easily be said to have been before World War One when huge greenhouses dominated gentrified England. The carnage of WWI ended this golden age when so many men were killed that after the war there were not enough people to run the vast glass and cast iron emporiums. Many […]