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How lucky are those who have a garden – even if you have now to work from home you will have the time you normally spent commuting, to get into it and to enjoy some uplift in your life doing something specific which you have never had time to do before.
For five years the National Gardens Scheme has supported a traineeship at The Garden Museum – with the Leffman Trust – designed for a recent graduate in horticulture of particular talent to explore options within the horticultural industry. He or she is based at the Museum, working alongside Head Gardener Matt Collins, but also has ten placements in other gardens, from private gardens by leading designers to established scientific collections.
When Annabelle Swaine (11) and her sister Maria (9) posted a YouTube video about their favourite plants in the garden, which finishes with a wonderful pitch for their National Garden Scheme opening on August 18th, we were intrigued to find out more.
Thinking about taking up an allotment this summer? Caring for a plot can be quite a commitment but once you have made your preparations, you are able to enjoy the fruits of your hard work and get great satisfaction from your efforts. To help you get started, Dave Burton at Randalls Allotments shares his top tips on how to begin.
A plant-based diet is now acknowledged as a major contributor to a healthier life-style but there are other benefits besides eating more fruit and vegetables that can boost your health and well-being. Rather than popping down to the supermarket or ordering on-line, growing your own – organically if you can – brings with it benefits beyond the delicious fresh produce you can enjoy at your dining table.
When Geoff Stonebanks was given the option to retire early at 51, he sold up in the city and moved to the South Coast. After viewing 140 houses he and his partner could only agree on one, Driftwood, a property with a front lawn facing the sea and a back garden with a path and borders that blurred into the lawn.
All too often our gardens look wonderful at the start of summer but then start to fade away as the season progresses. Sarah Pajwani from St Timothee garden in Berkshire shares six of her favourite super-long, easy flowerers that keep borders full of interest right through until the first frosts.
Founded in 2005, the ethos of this Sussex-based educational charity is simple: to help educate children, and the wider community, to love the great outdoors and to grow their own food organically and sustainably.
Coming across Eleanor’s enthusiastic youtube video about how great the National Garden Scheme is reminded us that we don’t blow our own trumpet enough. Luckily, Eleanor has done it for us and we wanted to find out why…
We all know that stepping into a stunning garden can often be inspirational and that from a health point of view your own – and other’s – gardens can have a transformative effect. Sometimes, visiting a garden can even be life-changing as one National Garden Scheme visitor confessed when she stepped into Professor Nigel Dunnett’s garden at Bramblewood Cottage in Sheffield in June.
We know many of our visitors are inspired to do more gardening themselves after visiting a garden but it can be difficult to know where to start. Young horticulturist Eleanor Owens has lots of ideas to get you started. Although Eleanor has gardening in her blood, here are her simple tips if you want to get into a life of gardening.
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