Creating an urban jungle paradise

Creating an urban jungle paradise in or around London (or even finding a house with a decent garden) can prove an impossible task for some, but not for Alex and Joe, who fell in love over their mutual passion for gardening. The pair’s award-winning garden in South East London has been nurtured since 2012, forming…

10 reasons to love plants

As many of you will have already discovered on Mr Plant Geek, often, being a plant lover begins at a young age and continues to grow with you. For example, previous guest blogger Somnath Pal was just 16 when he fell in love with water lillies! Jermain Bonouvrie, a 17-year-old from The Netherlands, bought his first plant…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

The secret garden in the heart of London

You could be forgiven for not knowing about Chelsea Physic Garden. In fact, the first few times I visited, I would get lost and could be found aimlessly trying to shake the gates of the private communal gardens of Chelsea. My smiley friend Wendy has recently joined the team at the garden as a marketing guru,…

Bernadeta Czaniecka, Bielsko-Biala, Poland: just like a show garden

Bernadeta Czaniecka lives in Bielsko-Biała- which offers the perfect location between forest and mountains. This micro climate has given Bernadeta some real gardening magic! Despite raising 4 children, she has also worked tirelessly on her garden over 20 years. 1. Please tell us who you are, where you live and what you do for a living. Hello, I…

Elaine Everton, West Midlands, UK: Welcoming all gnomes!

Elaine and Roy Everton are from Pelsall in the West Midlands and are both retired. Their garden is split into 3 sections: an oriental garden, a fairy and gnome garden, and finally a work and play area for their granddaughter. The garden is 60ft long and 22ft wide, and the soil is normal. 1. Why is it important for you to…

Johnnie Amos, Flore, Northants, UK: Surprisingly low maintenance!

Johnny Amos is a horticulturist and botanist who designs gardens, including his own, in Northamptonshire, in the chocolate-box style village of Flore. He is also a regular BBC gardening presenter, and keeps himself busy with activities as a counsellor and councillor! His garden is The Old Bakery, which has been created by Jonny over the…

Karl Jones, Northampton, UK: An urban oasis

Karl Jones is a chartered surveyor who lives in Northamptonshire. He has created an Edwardian townhouse garden, which is 5m x 10m. One side of the garden is sunny, whilst the other is shady, so this gives a lot of scope with the planting. The garden has actually risen (not quite miraculously) from a rubble grave…

Jonny Stark, Cornwall, UK: A garden that isn’t afraid of slugs!

Jonny Stark lives in a small village by the sea, on the south coast of Cornwall.  He is the manager of an extensive herbaceous perennial collection at Bodmin Nursery. He gardens on a 3/4 acre site which is predominantly south facing, however there is plenty of shade under some old trees and behind buildings.  He is about 200ft from…

Kimberly Young, Winfield, Kansas, USA: Instagram heaven!

Kimberly Young lives in Winfield, Kansas. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years, and has a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Twenty of her twenty-eight years have been spent as an operating room nurse. She currently works full-time and has 3 grown children. She has 4 small, stone-raised gardens and 2 medium/large ground-level gardens. The front yard…