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Harry and David Rich’s Night Sky Garden is set to star at this year’s show

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: Young gardeners take centre stage but are they bold enough?

“You should definitely go and check out Hugo Bugg and the Rich brothers,” sounds like a recommendation for a couple of obscure bands at a music festival. But this advice is not being dispensed by two teenagers in a muddy field - they are part of a host of young up-and-coming acts being chattered about by guests wandering among the perfectly clipped foliage, burbling artificial streams and corporate displays of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Pots of money: garden-centre goodies to tempt you towards your next impulse purchase

Britons spend an average of £30,000 on their gardens over a lifetime

If you won the Lottery, would you spend the money on decking and impulse garden-centre buys, asks Emma Townshend
Rosetta Elkin’s Tiny Taxonomy

Chelsea Flower Show: Can't afford a £400 ticket? Head to the Fringe

The world's premier flower show has plenty of offshoots – many of them free – to inspire the gardener

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: 'Everyone involved has passion that borders on the obsessive'

Sue Biggs, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, reveals the lengths gardeners will go to

Evergreen effect: Hart's tongue unfurling
Sometimes you just have to grasp the fork and move those bulbs, no matter how dull it is
Mixed herbs and salad growing in flowerpots - you can grow salads in any container, provided it's big enough
'The Yellow Book' this year includes this tiny 3m-square garden in Tantallon Road, Balham, south London

Emma Townshend: The Yellow Book is the best guide to the UK's hidden gardens - and a secret directory of the finest home-made teas

I am terribly motivated by cake. It's a known feature of my character. And I don't think I'm alone. I'm pretty sure my grandma stands firmly with me on the issue. One of the reasons I know this is that when I was about six, on a sunny summer afternoon we'd pull a copy of The Yellow Book from her kitchen drawer and choose a garden to visit from its smeary, newsprinty list, making sure we selected one with "home-made teas". Almost no point in bothering, otherwise.

Season's greetings: Anna Pavord takes us on a loved-up tour of her reinvigorated garden

The point about spring is that it takes you by surprise. It's the basis of all enduring love affairs. You have the security of knowing roughly how the plot will play out, combined with the intriguing differences of each encounter. You think you know how it's going to be, but then it sweeps you off your feet all over again. I'm totally in love with the garden once more. The worse the winter, the better the arrival of spring. That is certainly true, and down here in the West Country we've had a humdinger of a winter. Hideous in every respect. I only walked up the bank twice in three months – once to look at the damage caused by a fallen tree, once to see if some special snowdrops had come up. They hadn't.

Weekend Work: Time to treat paths with weedkiller

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Gardening therapy has huge potential for cost savings in the NHS and can speed up recovery time

How green fingers can help with the blues: On the eve of National Gardening Week, patients should take up their trowel - and save the NHS a fortune

Gardening is not just a good source of exercise, but can also help improve recovery time, mobility and mental health

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