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Mind how ewe go: the sheep-eating killer plant that’s ready to

A sheep-eating plant is set to bloom over the next few days in a Surrey garden. In its natural habitat of the Andes, the 3m-tall Puya chilensis snares the animals in its razor-sharp spines, leaving them to perish and decay at its base – like a bag of fertiliser.

Made in Chelsea, but set to flourish all over the capital

The Chelsea Flower Show, for all its indisputable merits, is not cool. Manicured lawns, panama hats and nicely-trimmed clematis all have their place, but do they really express what it is to be a trowel-wielding, window sill potting urban green-fingers in 2012?

Horticulture: Can you dig it?

A group of gardening guerrillas has set up a hip alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show. Charlie Cooper meets them

Traveller's Guide: Garden tourism

Explore Britain's green and pleasant land, then set off around the world in search of all things bright and beautiful. Cathy Packe celebrates flower power.

Mary Grierson: Floral artist celebrated as one of the most

In 1960 a woman applied for the post of exhibitions officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She didn't get the job, but was able to show her interviewers her portfolio of flower paintings, and was engaged instead as an artist in the herbarium. This was Mary Grierson, soon to become recognised as one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists.

Slugs and snails munch their way back as top pests

Slugs and snails have regained their crown as the most pesky pests to munch a destructive path through Britain's gardens. Having been toppled from their customary first place in 2010 by the viburnum beetle, they slithered back to the top of the list in 2011 as the pest gardeners most love to loathe.

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Are garden gnomes making a comeback?

Think of garden gnomes and a few words might spring to mind. Tacky? Vulgar? Cheap? You’re not the only one who thinks so. In a recent survey by woodcare manufacturer, Ronseal, gnomes surpassed other unfashionable garden items by more than five times, with 53 per cent of those interviewed ranking them as naffer than crazy paving, stone animals water features and even wind chimes. But the poor old gnome wasn’t always such a slur on good taste.