Alex Mungall, Melbourne, Australia: The heat is on!

Alex Mungall’s garden is situated in sizzling Melbourne, where the hottest temperature in recent years was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009! Alex moved to Australia from Britain and, despite the heat, manages to grow some excellent plants, including some delicious edibles. His garden sits on a slope and consists of clay covered with a layer…

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…

Are you the UK’s best amateur gardener?

Summer’s over, but there’s no need to feel blue. Not when there’s a chance to win up to £350 in vouchers to spend on your garden! So, now is the time to show us what you’ve been up to in the garden this summer! Wilko, the UK’s home and garden retailer, is looking for green…

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…

10 New York flowers to inspire you during May

The bridging weeks between spring and summer are always magical, as the garden truly comes alive! Last week, I was hanging out in the native plant garden at the New York Botanical Garden, and was fan-girling all over the place! The 3.5 acre native garden features only plants that are native to north-eastern USA and…

Where to find better plants

Continuing my ‘hidden horticulture’ series, I want to explore the plight of specialist nurseries. Occasionally hidden down small country lanes, off the beaten track, and with little funds for advertising, they can struggle to survive. That’s where the colloquially named ‘Indie Plant Guide’ comes in to play! The antidote to the repetitive, almost factory-produced plant…

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…