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…

Slug-proof plants for your garden

There is nothing worse than stepping outside and seeing your prized plants lacerated by the dinky teeth of some delinquent slug. Run rings around them with these range of plants with pretty damn good slug armour! ONE. Physostegia virginiana (The Obedient Plant). Gosh, I have always adored this plant, ever since my Nana was growing it…

Rabbit-proof plants for your garden.. yes really!

Keep your garden looking the way you want it by choosing plants that the rabbits avoid! My TOP FIVE suggests some easy to grow plants that have been proven to stay untouched by bunny teeth! ONE. Hellebore (The Lenten Rose). These plants would survive an apocalypse! Super useful for giving colour when damn all else does, with February blooming! Much underrated, there…

Top Five Plants of the New York High Line right now

Sticky,  sweltering, summer New York. The only place to cool down is… err… nowhere really, except perhaps the A/C of the H&M store. But, that doesn’t stop a plant geek, and I climbed up onto the High Line early on Saturday to see what botanical marvels were waiting for me!

Jonny Stark, Cornwall, UK: A garden that isn’t afraid of slugs!

Jonny Stark lives in a small village by the sea, on the south coast of Cornwall.  He is the manager of an extensive herbaceous perennial collection at Bodmin Nursery. He gardens on a 3/4 acre site which is predominantly south facing, however there is plenty of shade under some old trees and behind buildings.  He is about 200ft from…

The most unique flower show on earth?

If you want to create an outdoor space like no other, with bespoke decorations, plants and furniture, then you should step right through the doors of fresh gardening show, GROW London! I’m desperately trying to avoid the word ‘hipster’, but even non-gardeners can find plenty to enthral at this polished show; with botanical art, succulent…

Visiting the garden hidden above New York City

I was super excited to explore the high line in New York City yesterday! This old and long forgotten tramway has been sensationally transformation into a high rise botanical paradise, narrowly escaping demolition in the late 1980’S. This glorious open space, created and managed by The Friends of the High Line, was opened to the public in 1999. It is designed to…

Behind the scenes at the Naked Gardening Calendar shoot

I’m sure you remember the Calendar Girls.. then, we saw firemen, marines, even rowers.. but somehow gardeners hadn’t de-clothed for charity yet. So, I’d been hatching a little plan for a few years, eyeing up a range of horticulturists who might be up for it… and more importantly, trying to find the right charity to…

Take a ‘Gardening Selfie’ today!

  By now, you must have seen the cheeky photos and unique appearance on the popular Loose Women programme, which was all to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day… which is today… If you haven’t seen the full set of photographs, then here they are…

Just what are “secret” perennials then…?

I think we need to introduce a new, tongue-in-cheek category for plants; a category which covers plants we usually treat as annuals, BUT if you accidentally forget, leave them in situ, and the winter’s mild, they survive… That’s a “secret perennial”!