A crash course on growing Phalaenopsis

Have you ever tried to grow Phalaenopsis? Kevin Wigley gives us the low down on what to do and what not to do. When the word ‘orchid’ gets mentioned by most people, the Phalaenopsis or ‘Moth Orchid’ is the one that springs to mind. They are available from almost anywhere – supermarkets, garden centres, motorway…

Have you seen these beautiful botanical tarot cards?

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? There are some beautiful tarot cards out there, but I’ve never seen ones with such richly coloured, detailed botanical illustrations, like these! Kevin Jay Stanton is an artist living in London, whose love of plants influences his stunning illustrations. Here, he talks about his range of botanical…

6 reasons why gardening is good for the body and mind

Daniel Calvin is a writer at Healey Green, the home of DAKOTA garden machinery. Here, he writes about the benefits of gardening on your mental and physical health. Home gardens are often prized, their creative home owners taking great pride in their work. Those who work hard on their garden may be doing it to…

How I got into gardening, by Simon Mitchell

Our love of plants has to begin somewhere. For gardener Simon Mitchell, it began at work. Here he tells us about his gardening journey and how it helps him de-stress and get away from the hustle and bustle. As everyone knows by now, modern life is stressful. I work 60 to sometimes 90 hours a…

Accessible gardening, what’s it all about?

Niki Preston is a garden writer and product tester who regularly discusses her disability and how it plays a part in her gardening activities on her blog, The Two Fingered Gardener. Here, Niki gives her opinion on accessibility in gardens, and the delusions around accessible raised beds. As a disabled gardener I have written about…

5 tips for ‘brown thumbs’

Tahío Avila is an Architect and Landscape Designer who spends her time transforming gardens using beautiful, low-maintenance plants through her company Fresh Lemonade Gardens. Here, she guests posts about plant care for beginners. We all have had troubles keeping our plants alive; this is a very common thing. Maybe your best friend has always told…

Horti Mile High Club

We can find plants wherever we go. Whether it’s underwater, in a forest or even while trekking across a dessert, there’s a likelihood that you’ll spot some form of plant life along the way. But what about up a mountain, where the air is thinner, the temperatures colder, and it seems almost impossible for any…

Low-maintenance houseplants for beginners

Quite often, houseplants are the first route many people take to looking after plants – and you either end up loving it or hating it. Lee Cross guest posts about his experience being a first time plant owner, after a friend introduced him to Jade plants.  “Being cabin crew, I spend a lot of time…

A garden in close up

So often we take a step back to enjoy our gardens, viewing them from the distant point of a patio chair or even from inside. But how often do we take a closer look to appreciate the beauty of nature? Macro plant photography changes our perspective, and takes us into the fine details of a…

The plants we kill along the way

Some of us are plant serial killers, some of us haven’t killed a plant in over five years – but we’ve all killed one. Jane Perrone is the host of houseplant podcast On The Ledge and a freelance garden writer. In this guest blog post, she talks about killing off plants, learning from mistakes and…

5 ways plants will help you get a better night’s sleep

Sleep is something many of us can admit that we don’t get enough of. But did you know that there are plants to help you sleep? Guest poster Sarah Cummings is a sleep expert. She writes regularly for Sleep Advisor, which is a website geared towards helping you achieve the best shut eye possible. Here,…

Discovering the plant matrix

Have you ever wondered whether the events of a film could actually come true? Well, that’s what happened for Mrs. Bloom, AKA Ann McCarron. Ann is a qualified horticulturist and experienced community gardener from Northern Ireland. A self-confessed plant nerd, Ann posts regularly about plants, produce and more over on her Facebook page. Here, she…