RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview

Yorkshire garden holds second annual show, June 23-25

Harlow Carr Show
Thousands of Alliums pepper the Main Border at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Harrogate’s Harlow Carr plays host to another three-day flower show, set against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations, and chances to shop for rare plants and unusual gardening paraphernalia at special show prices.

Once you’ve had enough, escape the crowds with a stroll in the garden: don’t miss the Streamside spectacle of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and almost 8,000 alliums in the Main Border. Continue reading “RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview”

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens

New ‘Gardens for a Changing World’ to reflect climate change

Colour Box Garden
Power to the Twitter People – the Colour Box Garden by Charlie Bloom

The world’s largest annual flower show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace event, sponsored by Viking Cruises, runs from July 4-9.

At twice the size of RHS Chelsea, it offers gardeners a chance to shop until they drop against the stunning historical backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

The garden categories have been simplified to four; Show, World, Conceptual and the new Gardens for a Changing World. Continue reading “RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens”

Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book

new gardening cookbook review and competition

The Jam Maker's Garden
The Jam Maker’s Garden by Holly Farrell

Ever grown a crop of fruit or veg and it’s done so well you end up with a glut and haven’t got a clue how to use or preserve it?

Well, this new book, The Jam Maker’s Garden – Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves could be the answer – and you can win one in this week’s competition.

Written by Holly Farrell with pictures by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, this is NOT a book to keep on the shelf – you’ll need it to hand in the kitchen when you bring your crops indoors and decide what to do with them.

As well as a useful beginners’ section on what equipment you’ll need to make jams, jellies, chutneys, ketchup, curds, etc, the Continue reading “Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book”

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview

Golden anniversary celebration of TV show

Anniversary Garden
Anniversary Garden vignettes by decade from Prof David Stevens

Gardeners' World LiveBBC Gardeners’ World Live is going to be extra special this year, with Gardeners’ World celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A Golden Jubilee-style summer garden party will be the theme, with presenters past and present Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Flo Headlam, Nick Bailey, Peter Seabrook, Diarmuid Gavin, Continue reading “BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview”

Sales of peat-free Dalefoot Composts double

Firm selling composts made from sheep’s wool and bracken is 20 years old

Dalefoot Composts
Simon Bland and Jane Barker from Dalefoot Composts. Picture; Andrea Jones

Gardeners are turning their backs on compost containing peat, according to the owner of Dalefoot Composts, as sales doubled in the last year.

Its premium composts, made from sheep’s wool and bracken, are now used by commercial growers, RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning flower and amateur gardeners like me around the UK.

I love the stuff, especially for growing tomatoes and the Claybuster Mix, essential on my clay-based soil. The range has composts for container growing, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, seeds and acid-loving plants.

Owner Simon Bland said: “We’ve seen our sales double in the last year which is proof that gardeners want to garden more Continue reading “Sales of peat-free Dalefoot Composts double”

RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners

IQ Quarry Garden’s double: Best In Show & Best Construction

IQ Quarry Garden – designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, right, with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

The winner of the Best Show Garden at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the IQ Quarry Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

In a double celebration, Gareth Wilson won the Best Construction Award for the contemporary garden, which takes its inspiration from the life cycle of a quarry coupled with Brutalism architecture.

The garden, sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying, is divided into sections so that bountiful floral and naturalistic planting contrast with the severe aspects of hard landscaping. Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners”

Suttons new plants to rescue a dull summer garden

get your skates on for late summer colour and donate to cancer research!

Helenium Short 'n' Sassy
Helenium Short ‘n’ Sassy. Picture; Suttons

Fallen behind with your garden plans and think it’s too late to plant for summer colour? Well, it’s not – these examples for Suttons Summer/Autumn Catalogue will rescue your garden from the doldrums.

Everyone likes something new and these four varieties will give your garden great late season highlights.

Apart from eye-catching blooms, the Impatiens and Cosmos plug plants make a £1 donation per pack to Continue reading “Suttons new plants to rescue a dull summer garden”