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…

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…

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…