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Floral tribute: Horticulture has a long and distinguished history with haute couture - as a new exhibition attests

Fashion isn't in the forefront of my mind when I step out to garden: a faded blue canvas jacket, my second best pair of welly boots. That's it. But a new exhibition at The Garden Museum in London, curated by Nicola Shulman and sponsored by Vogue, spins elegant connections between the two.

Weekend work: Time to tend to snapdragons

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Weekend work: Time to tend to palms

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White stuff: For mass impact, the snowdrop display at Welford Park is hard to beat

Millions and millions of flowers carpet the wild beech woods there

Sowing kit: Seeds of annuals will give a patchy area in your garden some shape and colour

Like the sofas and side table in the sitting room, the flower garden at our place is furnished with some big things that mostly stay where they have been put: huge spurges, the fleshy arrow-shaped leaves of arum, fat clumps of monkshood and sea thistle. But among the set pieces, I use different annuals each year, to change the way the whole area looks.

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: W is for whitefly and wind

Our green-fingered correspondent warns that you can never know enough when it comes to gardening...

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Weekend work: Time to tend to cymbidium orchids

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Beginner's pluck: Follow our expert's choice tips and you'll be mulching in no time

Round our way, amateur versions of Gardeners' Question Time are a popular way of raising money for charity and from time to time I get to sit on the panel. "What tips would you give to a new gardener?" is a favourite question and more interesting than the usual queries about scrofulous bits of greenery. Answers depend very much on the panellist's own interests. And character.

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