Allotment fever and seed obsession

Sorting seeds is almost as fun as sowing themMy name is Allan. I am an addict. I can’t stop scoring seed. It’s as if the joy is in the collecting not the sowing and growing (though I love to do that, too). Every spring, around now, I sort seed, gather


Spots, swirls and beguiling begonias

Never mind the flowers, it’s the foliage that impresses when it comes to these amazing plantsIt’s that time of year again: when the glossy pages of bedding plant catalogues land on your door mat, complete with page after page of massive double-flowere


Concern growing for missing Sunningdale man with Alzheimer's

Thames Valley Police have asked residents to check their "properties, gardens, outbuildings and sheds".


Gardens: the joy of daffodils

Choose your daffodils carefully and enjoy colour for monthsThe daffodil is such an optimistic flower. As it breaks through the late winter gloom, our thoughts turn to the warmer, longer days to come. No one knows more about them than Johnny Walkers, who h

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Upscale Farm Living (You Don't Have to Get Your Hands Dirty)

Luxury “agrihoods” offer residents pre-planted orchards and vegetable gardens, sometimes with concierge weeding


Tell us about your community food growing from around the world

If you’ve started a community gardening and food-growing project we’d like to hear from youAccording to Australian writer Stephanie Wood, the role of community gardens are “more crucial than ever” and can act as a “point of connection between th


Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Wild birds may catch and spread diseases as they gather to feed in gardens, say scientists.

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This Extravaganza Of 150 Artworks Will Make You Fantasize About Parks & Gardens

In the mood for a deep breath of fresh air? Be ready to be inspired.


Chunk of London housing estate to star at architecture festival

Eight-tonne fragment of Robin Hood Gardens to be reassembled at Venice Architecture BiennaleAn eight-tonne fragment of one of London’s most notorious housing estates is poised to be a star exhibit at one of the world’s leading architecture festivals.T


The hunt to find Oxford's retired Emperor Heads

A team of researchers think the missing statue heads could be in gardens around Oxford.


Unusual late-blooming bulbs | James Wong

Quirky bulbs to give your garden a blast of late summer colourMarch is here and the first signs of spring are suddenly starting to pop up everywhere. This is always my cue to begin planting bulbs whose exotic flowers and warm colours help extend the seaso


Ready, steady, grow: the planting season begins

It’s time to make your vegetable beds so that you are all ready for the summerIn like a lion, out like a lamb: it’s the time of warming sun and soil and sowing seed. March is the start of spring (meteorological spring 1 March; vernal equinox 20 March)

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Starkers raving model Nicole Rayner strips for cold snaps in minus 4C

NOW that’s what we call a Page Freeze Girl. Model Nicole Rayner was cool enough to strip for hot pictures in the snow and minus 4C. Starkers raving mad Nicole, 23, threw caution to the icy wind in York Museum Gardens. Photographer pal Richard Egan, 53,

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