World Naked Gardening Day 2017 review

Gosh! You guys aren’t shy, are you? I just can’t help wondering what the neighbours thought about your leafy antics! I bet there was many a curtain twitching on Saturday May 6th, 2017! The first weekend of May each year is designated as “drop-your-pants and dig day”, and keen gardeners worldwide let the breeze flow as they spread their fertiliser…

Are you getting naked in the garden this year?

I have no idea how the phenomenon started, but it seems that the first Saturday of May each year is the day you should get back to nature as you dib, weed and prune! It’s World Naked Gardening Day!! The Grubby Gardeners were early adopters of this practice, and happily de-clothed at the Kensington Roof Gardens…

The ban on gnomes by the Garden Ninja

In the second of the series of blogs covering the story of the gnome, guest blogger ‘The Garden Ninja’ explores why gnomes attract haters…!  “Why are gnomes under threat? Gardening has always been a serious hobby; taking time, effort, some horticultural skill and patience. Commercial garden centres have over taken many of the local nurseries and…

The history of the gnome by the Garden Ninja

Guest blogger, Lee (a.k.a The Garden Ninja!) delves into the history of the gnome! “Garden gnomes are often seen as lovable. The brightly-coloured, terracotta models stand steadfast in gardens all year, just like its summer every day. My hazy childhood gardening memories are filled with explorations of neighbouring gardens trying to find gnomes, or racing around…

Hidden horticulture: the plant centre down an alleyway

Next time you’re in London, get yourself onto the Bakerloo line and alight at Warwick Avenue, because I’ve got a surprise for you.. and it’s the most special example of ‘hidden horticulture’!             Welcome to Clifton Nurseries. This plant-soaked paradise has been nestling behind the Victorian homes of Little Venice since 1851. We…