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Mandy Watson

Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: show gardens and medals

Does your favourite garden match the judges' decisions? The Hampton Court gardens are one of the biggest draws at the show, second only to RHS...

RHS gardens July 2019 events

Music, theatre and cinema in the gardens Late Evening Openings, dates vary, all gardens The gardens stay open late on selected evenings with live music, theatre...

Storm damage in June: climate change gardening!

Is there no such thing as an average month anymore? June 2019 has been a complete pain in the bum. Cool, excessively wet to the...

Growing an apple tree from a pip

My own Johnny Appleseed experience Don't expect shop-quality apples if you try this and you'll need a lot of patience! However, neither of those things were...

Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival 2019 highlights

Massive gardening event in historic palace grounds, July 1-7 Set in the grounds of the historic former royal residence, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden...

Mental health and gardening – MandyCanUDigIt’s story

My experiences and overcoming anxiety and depression Talking about mental health issues is never easy but thanks to the new openness about conditions, I've been...


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