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The 50 best gardens

Inspiring, uplifting, educational or simply gorgeous, Victoria Summerley and Michelle Chapman unearth the nation’s horticultural hotspots this spring

20 great things to do this Easter weekend

Will it be the Boat Race, or the goat race? A walk in the wild, or a close encounter with robots? There are hundreds of fantastic activities around Britain to keep the family entertained. Here's our selection of spring delights

Spring's essential garden gear

With spring upon us and optimists predicting a long hot summer, Kate Watson-Smyth presents a roundup of the season's must-have accessories

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Legends of the fall: The golden, dying sunlight of autumn makes even

Dylan Thomas said we should rage against the dying of the light. Though I can imagine many of us feel like stomping at the very least while the autumn nights get shorter, the dying of the light does have some advantages. As winter draws in, the sun moves through a lower arc in the sky, and light angles in the garden become much longer and more golden, lighting up leaves and drying seedheads as dusk approaches. And as we move closer to the winter solstice, the sun doesn't just travel a lower ' path across the sky, it also rises and sets further to the south every day, narrowing the angle from which sunlight appears.