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Digging in: Farm Terrace campaigners Andy Moore and Sara Jane Trebar (third and fourth from left)

Gardeners fight Government plans to build on their allotments

The 'Independent on Sunday' Dig for Victory campaign visits a growing community under threat

Emma Townshend: 'Spreading manure on flower beds ticks many boxes'

My garden stinks. I should have realised as soon as I placed the bags of "well-composted" manure in the car at the garden centre that this lofty claim didn't really ring true. "Mum, mum!" came the pathetic cries for help from the back seat. "This is the worst smell that there has ever, ever been in the entire whole world."

Anna Pavord: Hotfoot it to Rousham House to appreciate William Kent's landscaping

The exhibition on William Kent, Designing Georgian Britain, closes tomorrow at the V&A museum in London. But to understand the genius of the man, you need to spend a day in one of his gardens (preferably Rousham), not trapped among his architectural drawings. And Rousham is open every day. Stand by the majestic Scheemakers statue at Rousham (a bloodthirsty subject: a lion attacking a horse) and gaze out over the river Cherwell to the peaceful landscape on the far side – a kind of promised land. Follow the sinuous rill out of the shady woodland down to the elegant octagon pool and marvel that Rousham still has magic, still has soul, still speaks to us of the man who had so much to do with its making.

Weekend work: Time to trim hornbeam hedges

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Emma Townshend: How to bring back plants from the dead

I killed the olive tree. I moved its pot one frustrating day over the winter, when I knew that its roots had dug into the patio looking for water, and a big handful of suspiciously significant-looking growth came away in handfuls. And then it was dead. Yep, actual death.

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Tourists look at a blooming Titan arum plant at the US Botanic Garden in Washington last year

Titan's Penis: Why are the French flocking in thousands to see (and smell) this plant?

Emma Townshend investigates our fascination with bizarre horticulture

Toddlers will explore the undergrowth – so it might be best to dig up anything poisonous

Emma Townshend: The best thing about having a summer-time child? Napping outside...

But, warns Emma Townshend, your garden will never look the same again…

Anna Pavord: Fig trees are robust, flexible and, of course, the fruit is delicious

Figs are great survivors, hanging on in old gardens long after the lawns and walls on which they were displayed have disappeared. There was one in our old place, where, after 18 months of hacking, we discovered we had a walled garden. It took about 15 years to get that plot back into full production, and the fig was one of the first things we tackled, once we had cleared a way through to it. The stone wall against which it must once have been trained was still standing (south-facing), but the tree had long since broken its moorings and arched out over about 20 feet of ground, its huge leathery leaves unmistakeable among the brambles and seedling sycamores.

Weekend work: Time to shear over rock plants

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Mark Diacono's A Year at Otter Farm features growing and eating ideas galore

Diacono has finally turned out the tome that explains what he's been up to down there in the West Country all this time

The wonderfully scented regal lily, which is easy to grow from seed

Anna Pavord's top tips on the flowers to plant for a sweeter-smelling patch

Colour may be all-important in a garden, but don’t forget scent, says our horticultural expert

The three-day show will be held on Hampstead Heath

Grow London: New gardening show for people without a garden launches this weekend

Forget vast herbaceous borders, ornate rock gardens and secluded shrubberies, a new “alternative” gardening show for “balcony and window box”-owning plant lovers is set to open this weekend.

A box tree moth. The caterpillar is a voracious eater of box hedges

Very hungry Asian caterpillar threatens Britain’s box hedges

Not since Alexander Pope ended the 18th-century craze for artfully-trimmed hedges by lampooning aristocrats for turning shrubs into “awkward figures of men” has British topiary faced such a grave threat.

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