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How to get kids outside? Make doing laundry fun!

Dawn Isaac's book, 101 Things For Kids to Do Outside, is a quarter of the price of a single day's theme-park ticket and delivers considerably better value for money, says Emma Townshend

How to grow herbs from seed on your windowsill

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How to ensure a boundless supply of flowers from spring to the first frosts

What are those things called? The cardboard tubes from inside a roll of bog paper. Do you call them "toilet-tissue tubes"? Or "loo-roll thingies"? Anyway, those. I looked under the stairs the other day and I had about seven. What was I saving them for, I wondered. And then I remembered: sweet peas.

How to revive your trees and plants after a flood

If your garden was badly affected by the recent floods, don’t despair. Some plants and trees will survive – if you give them a helping hand

How to guard your garden against the incessant rain - and what to plant if your patch is prone to waterlogging

When I was little, before the Thames Flood Barrier was finished, we lived in Twickenham, in a house by the river that would flood every single winter.

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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Makes perfect scents: Let the perfumed tropical nurseries at Kew soothe you

It's easy to be sad in February. It's easy to find your brain filled with worries, with fragments of tasks you should be getting on with, a perpetual to-do list cycling in the frontal lobes.

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

Weekend work: Time to tend to palms

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Restraining order: Zen and the art of garden maintenance

"Restez Zen", as the French say. Well, maybe not the ones who wrote my dictionary, which seems curiously quiet on the subject, but certainly the ones who composed my recent issue of Marie Claire. Chillax! they exhort us, as a rough translation. Keep your Zen topped up.

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.

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