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Record rainfall leads to population explosion – and devastation of British gardens
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?
A group of gardening guerrillas has set up a hip alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show. Charlie Cooper meets them
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.
As the clocks go forward, here are some tips to put a spring in your own step
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 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.
As the world's most famous horticultural event draws to a damp and blustery close today it seems that all has been far from rosy in the show garden over the past five days.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) throws open the gates of the Chelsea Flower Show today with a message for Britain's gardeners: the humble urban backyard can help save the planet.
There will be quiet smiles of satisfaction among more traditional members of the gardening fraternity at the Chelsea Flower Show after two of the more spectacular gardens fell foul to the stormy weather yesterday.
On the eve of the greatest flower show on earth, Victoria Summerley takes you on a walk up the garden path with her A-to-Z guide
At the Royal Horticultural Society headquarters, thoughts have already turned to spring and the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.
Jennifer Owen started cataloguing the species outside her back door in 1980. Now she is publishing the startling results in a beautiful book.
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.
Latest research finds horse chestnuts from Cornwall to Yorkshire are now under attack