Category: RHS

We’re going to Chelsea!

There are 5 weeks to go, and we’ve started counting down to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We’re thrilled that the Welcome to Yorkshire garden’s set to include vegetables from the Dobies range of grafted veg, and we’ve picked some of our exclusive new products to grace the garden.
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Gateway to Gardening

A marvellous showgarden at Malvern 2013 (Spring Gardening Show)

Blog author Ann Somerset Miles adding sketches at Malvern in her gateway to gardening notebook

Gardeners seeking inspiration and ideas for their home plot will assuredly enter a gateway to gardening when visiting RHS Shows. The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society)  is Britain’s gardening charity, keeping gardeners up to date in so many ways. It’s worth becoming a member for the many advantages that brings, not least the help and advice available through its monthly magazine, free entry to RHS gardens, personalised garden advice – and priority on RHS Show tickets. Continue Reading

Autumn is here – and with it a Catalogue Trawl

I've spent more time in the garden recently than I have all summer

I’ve spent more time in the garden recently than I have all summer

I’m now back from my travels and busy in the garden whenever I can, taking advantage of the warm weather despite blustery showers. And with impending gale force winds over the next few days, I’ve been checking structures to ensure they aren’t uprooted and sent bowling down the garden or over the neighbour’s fence. The willow wigwam that had supported my honeysuckle had finally disintegrated – it was a question of pruning, and supporting temporarily with iron stakes.

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Theatre at its best!

Show's over - curtain down, and going home

Show’s over – curtain down, and going home

If you come to think of it, horticultural shows are pure theatre. From the staging of exhibits and displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, to competition gardens. Some showgrounds are set in idyllic landscapes – the splendour of Hampton Court, the magnificent parkland at Tatton Park and the majestic beauty of the Malvern Hills. I have covered RHS Shows at all three venues on this blog during 2013 and returned to Malvern last weekend for their Autumn Show – a splendid mix of food, gardening and nostalgia; indeed a true celebration of harvest.

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