Geoff Stonebanks, Sussex, UK: Chalet garden by the shore

Geoff Stonebank’s coastal garden, aptly named Driftwood, sits between Brighton and Eastbourne. Geoff opens the garden to the public yearly and raises money for charity (over £95k in the past nine years!). Driftwood is a triangular shape, measuring 100ft in length, 40ft at its widest width and 20ft at its narrowest. The ground is mostly…

Bob Gabella, Villa Park, Illinois: a many-seasoned garden

Bob Gabella‘s garden is situated in Villa Park, Illinois. Having spent the bulk of his life in the Horticulture industry, and having nurtured his interest in plants from a young age, Bob has honed his self-dubbed ‘haven from the world’ in spite of the hugely varying seasonal weather.  His garden is 0.5 acres in size,…

Jennifer Christie, Atlanta, Georgia: A heavenly habitat

Today’s Backyards of the World feature comes all the way from the US. Jennifer Christie’s garden is a haven for local wildlife, thanks to her dedication to creating a harmonious environment away from the hustle and bustle. Consisting of solid clay and resting on granite, Jennifer’s garden is 1.25 acres in size. 1. Please tell…

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…