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Emma Townshend: 'Who needs chlorine? Open-air ponds offer a different swimming experience'

Emma heads down to King's Cross Pond Club, a new open-air pool in London

Anna Pavord: 'Sarah Price has done a brilliant job in Jonathon Ringer's Kent courtyard'

In late 2011, our expert travelled to Kent to witness the laying of the first stones in a courtyard garden. So have the owner's dreams of a lush, verdant and tranquil space been realised?
The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden was awarded best show garden

The best gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Some garden designers took inspiration from their childhood

Peonies offer a riot of colour and variety, and thrive in open, sunny locations

Anna Pavord: 'Peonies make a wonderful addition to a garden if you follow simple rules'

The Romans prized peonies for their medical properties and the Victorians for their stunning colours and variety

Ann-Marie Powell: You're not competing against other designers at Chelsea, you’re competing against yourself

You can start by competing at one of the smaller shows and build up your confidence that way

 

Royal Horticultural Society calls on female designers to create gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show

Only one third of the top gardens have been created by women in the past decade

Zen master Dan Pearson is returning to the Chelsea Flower Show after a decade of absence

The RHS and Laurent-Perrier have together persuaded Pearson to return to the world's most prestigious flower show to strut his stuff

Anna Pavord: 'Sow courgettes now for infinite variety in your outside borders'

Macho monster-marrow growers are missing out says our gardening correspondent

Emma Townshend: 'I've been burgled again - and this time it's my tomatoes that have gone'

Our gardening correspondent had three of her four tomato plants pinched

Anna Pavord: 'There isn't a magic formula to creating pots with lasting impact'

The key is filling them with what you fancy, says our gardening expert

Emma Townshend: 'I've come up with a speedy way to enliven a £1-a-day charity diet'

When she found out that her friend was embarking on the £1 a Day Live Below the Line challenge, Emma began researching ways to add leaves and shoots to make it all a bit more palatable

The elusive Stipa gigantea grows like a clump of wild oats, rising and spreading its stems in a great arc

Anna Pavord: 'The grasses I'm supposed to love leave me cold, while the one variety I adore refuses to stick around'

Our gardening correspondent has planted Stipa gigantea three times

Anna Pavord: 'Pennard Plants reveals the unusual fruit and veg we should be propagating'

The Somerset nursery has picked up on a trendy demand for novelties such as oca, New Zealand yams, fruiting fuchsias and Vietnamese coriander

Emma Townshend: 'I'm gripped by a new book that reveals Ireland's wild beauty'

Jane Powers' The Irish Garden is a stunning record of the best the island has to offer, in both the Republic and Northern Ireland

'Lachenalia pustulata' is tender, but easy to grow inside or in a greenhouse

Anna Pavord's guide to the bulbs to pick for a spectacular window-ledge display

No garden? That’s no excuse for not putting on a show this spring says our gardening correspondent
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