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Cleve West, The Independent's Urban Gardener columnist, in his gold medal-winning Bupa garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. The design will be moved to a nursing home after the show.

Joan Bakewell: Giant white horses and the dangers of 'plop' art

An irresistible chance is now ours to renew the debate about public art. With the unveiling this week of plans for the Ebbsfleet Landmark, people must already be polishing their preferences.

Kew opens the world's first gallery for botanical art

The state-of-the-art glass, timber and stone building that will be opened today at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, by Sir David Attenborough might have carefully controlled light, temperature and humidity levels, but it is not intended to house rare plants.

Mark Steel: I'm starting to feel sorry for Ken Livingstone

If anyone wonders how you become an investigative journalist, there are now unprecedented openings in London. All you do is follow Ken Livingstone for a couple of hours, then demand a full public inquiry about something he did, such as buy an apple, and send it into the London Evening Standard.

Deborah Orr: Don't be fooled... the archbishop wants to beat extremists at their own game

As he summed up his controversy-igniting lecture on sharia in Britain at London's Royal Courts of Justice this week, the Archbishop of Canterbury warned that "if we are to think intelligently about the relations between Islam and British law, we need a fair amount of 'deconstruction' of crude oppositions and mythologies, whether of the nature of sharia or the nature of the Enlightenment". I think it's safe to say that hardly a soul is heeding his warning. Crude oppositions and mythologies are exactly what people are rushing headlong to display.

Britain in bloom (as spring is sprung earlier than ever)

Gardening enthusiasts could be forgiven for forgetting what month it is when they step outside in the morning, as carpets of snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils – all traditional spring flowers – are in bloom across the country.

The essential act of pruning

Pruning can seem brutal, but it is essential to pare back plants to get the best out of them. Emma Townshend reaches for her secateurs

Harvey Nichols assistant's death was 'unforeseeable'

The murder of a Harvey Nichols beauty assistant by an obsessed stalker "could not have been reasonably foreseen", a coroner ruled yesterday.

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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