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Gardening
Gardening

The Londoners putting down roots thanks to Airbnb-style garden rentals

If you’re green-fingered but don’t have the plot to match, there is a solution. An innovative website is matching would-be growers with garden owners who are happy to rent out their unused green spaces.

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Seven planting ideas for transforming patches of unloved public space

If you want to live amid greener streets, don’t wait for permission — just take matters into your own hands

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Why English ivy is so valuable for city homes and public spaces

Ivy may get bad press but it actually has a lot going for it: it grows anywhere, captures harmful air pollutants — and city pollinators love it.

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How to create a stylish, sustainable garden if you’re short on space

RHS’s top young designer reveals the thinking behind his award-winning garden at Tatton Park Flower Show.

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Top tips for saving water while keeping your garden alive in a drought

Water responsibly and keep your garden flourishing in the heat with these essential tips

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Gardening to beat depression and anxiety and improve mental health

Gardening can work wonders on all sorts of mental health problems as London charity Thrive know well

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How to find locally-grown, seasonal flowers this British Flowers Week

The benefits of buying and growing local blooms range from the environmental to the aesthetic. George Hudson shares his top tips this British Flower Week

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The best, usually-hidden London gardens open to visitors this weekend

This weekend, more than 100 gardens which are usually private will open to the public - here are some of the best to visit.

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The best of alfresco cooking — from tiny BBQs to showstopper kitchens

Ready to fire up the BBQ and enjoy the sun? Here’s my guide to the best in al fresco cooking

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to its May slot after three years

The Chelsea Flower Show returned to its traditional May slot today after the mayhem of the Covid pandemic.

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What to see at Chelsea Flower Show: your essential preview

Plan ahead for the agenda-setting Chelsea Flower Show next week with six of this year’s top garden designs.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Dates, times, and how to buy tickets

Gardening fans are set to head to Chelsea this month for the annual RHS show.

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The best gardening kits to buy for urban gardeners with limited space

The best kits on the market for gardeners with patios, balconies and small city spaces.

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Top gardening accounts, activists and creators you should know about

Queer, guerilla and grassroots, George Hudson picks the Instagrammers shaking up the world of gardening.

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5 of London’s lesser known parks to explore over the bank holiday

For the nature lover in the know, London is full of secret gardens. George Hudson shares his favourite hidden wonderlands

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The best shade-loving plants to brighten up a gloomy garden

London’s sun-starved spots needn’t be barren wastelands. George Hudson gets tips from shade-loving plants expert Susanna Grant— and opens up a whole new world.

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London’s best independent garden centres and nurseries

Easter weekend is the perfect time to sort out your garden. George Hudson picks the city’s top spots to stock up on plants, seeds and equipment.

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Five statement plants that will singlehandedly transform your garden

You don’t need a complex design to make your garden stand out. A single supersize plant will transform your space, says George Hudson

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It’s seed sowing season — these 7 tips will (almost) guarantee success

Now is the start of seed sowing season. Follow these tips for London growers and George Hudson says success is (almost) guaranteed.

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London’s best Mothers’ Day gifts for flower loving mums

George Hudson rounds up the best Mother’s Day blooms in London

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How to garden when you rent — and best buys for your tenancy length

Think looking after a rented garden is a waste? Far from it. George Hudson shares tips from a helpful new book for green-fingered tenants.

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Nine of the best flower and gardening courses on in London this month

We’ve unearthed workshops and courses for everyone from novice gardeners to seasoned pros.

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The best early spring flowering plants for instant colour

The plants that will flower first in London for early spring blooms over the next few weeks

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Shed of the year: could yours be the next £1,000 prize winner?

Enter your outside space to be featured among top sheds of 2022 as the popular competition returns for its 16th year

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The unexpected tricks that will help you manage garden pests

Gardeners, lay down your weapons: it’s time to call a ceasefire on the war against insects — a garden bursting with bugs should pay off in spades

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This month brings good news for lazy London gardeners

With the days getting longer, it’s tempting to give the garden a pre-spring blitz. But resist the urge, says George Hudson — lazy gardeners are at an advantage in February.

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3 things to buy for your garden now for an abundant spring and summer

Start now for an abundant spring and summer. George Hudson shares his essential garden shopping list to avoid empty shelves and shortages come April

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London offers January surprises for garden lovers — here’s what to see

January offers surprising delights for London garden lovers. George Hudson sniffs out fragrant winter blooms and a seed bank for rare edible plants

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Your houseplant might not be dead, it’s just got the January blues

You don’t have to freeze outside to exercise your green fingers this month

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Garden resolutions for a greener, cheaper, well-planned outside space

These easy gardening resolutions will ensure you end this year as strong as you start — with a healthy planet and bank balance to boot

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If you can keep a zebra-like Alocasia alive you win at plant parenting

For many, the Elephant ear houseplant is the pinnacle of a tropical plant collection.

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This tropical fern can cope in humid bathrooms or draughty hallways

Ideally, keep your fern somewhere cool, and humid. A bathroom is ideal.

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A classic houseplant alternative to big-leaf jungle theme vibes

A delicate alternative to popular big-leaf, jungle houseplants.

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How to care for fast-growing, tropical banana trees at home

Bananas are tropical plants so they need plenty of sunlight, warmth and water — especially in the summer.

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Why coconut palms aren’t for the faint of plant parenting heart

Difficult but not impossible to look after, coconut palms will test your plant parenting skills.

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This moving, flesh-eating plant is ideal for Fright Night windowsills

Famously a tricky plant to look after, but Dionaea muscipula doesn’t have to be just for Halloween.

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Finally, a houseplant that doesn’t mind bathrooms or dark(ish) corners

It might require more water and humidity than a typical cactus, but don’t let that put you off.

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A silver-flecked, velvety climber forgiving of forgetful waterers

Here’s how to make sure the climbing satin pothos looks its finest all year round.