A helping hand for gardeners from Larkfleet Homes

Award-winning local developer, Larkfleet Homes, has teamed up with garden expert Sally Killick of Cornflower Blue Gardens, to give new homeowners a helping hand in the garden.

Buyers of newbuild homes might see their blank canvas gardens as either an exciting challenge or an overwhelming prospect. To help them get started, Larkfleet Homes has commissioned a series of ‘how to’ videos...

1 million take part in record-breaking RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The number of nature lovers who took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch soared to a million people this winter after a year of lockdown restrictions saw people turn to nature for comfort.

Now in its 42nd year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden, helping the RSPB build up a picture of how birds are...

Blundells turns over new leaf with new grounds equipment

Tiverton boarding school turns over new leaf with new grounds equipment

A Tiverton boarding school has purchased a new fleet of grounds equipment after securing a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK as part of a wider overhaul of the grounds within the school’s 120-acre site.

Blundell’s School switched banks to HSBC UK in October 2020 and has used additional funding from the bank to purchase a fleet of high-quality grounds equipment, including...

RHS confirms gardens will remain open

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is pleased to confirm that RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor will remain open for visitors to enjoy fresh air and exercise during the new month-long lockdown across England.

The RHS Gardens have offered a vital safe sanctuary to the public for their mental and physical health during these times, and the charity is delighted...

East Devon to reopen remaining gardens in line with new Government measures on exercise during the pandemic

The seven remaining East Devon District Council gardens which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown will reopen from tomorrow. (Wednesday May 13)

The decision has been reviewed following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday where new measures for exercise were introduced. Although the gardens will reopen, the council is reiterating that the strict social distancing...

We wish zoo a smelly Christmas!

What do zoo gardeners get each other for Christmas? A plant, of course – but not just any old plant. Gardeners at Paignton Zoo in Devon have given their colleagues at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire a Titan arum – one of the largest and smelliest plants in the world.

Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) blooms can be up to 3 metres high and 3 metres in circumference and smell like rotting meat...

Cornish gardens get set for blooming marvellous spring

The head gardener at one of Cornwall’s most beautiful attractions believes visitors can expect one of their best-ever Spring floral displays.

Thanks to the mild Winter there appears to be huge numbers of Magnolia blooms just waiting to burst into flower at the Antony Woodland Garden, which opens to the public on March 1.

And this year the Carew Pole Garden Trust, which runs the...

Popular garden waste scheme restarts

Plymouth’s popular garden waste collection is starting up again from 30 March.

This year the scheme will be extended by a month until the end of November so that people can sweep up autumn leaves and put their garden to bed for the winter.

The collection operates every fortnight – the same week that people’s recycling is collected.

The service starts just ahead of the...

Gardeners beware: The slugs are coming!

Gardeners should start preparing early for their great slug and snail hunt this year as winter temperatures have provided the perfect conditions for their arch enemies.

According to Wyevale Garden Centres – the UK’s largest garden centre group - last year, gardeners spent £11.6 million in their battle to protect their botanical spaces, battling over 30 species of slugs including a...

RHS launches first National Open Gardens Day

As part of this year’s National Gardening Week (13–19 April), gardens all over Britain that normally charge for entry or are closed to the public will be opening their doors for free on Friday 17 April in a unified effort to engage more people with the UK’s great gardens.

The aim of National Open Gardens Day is to raise awareness of the diversity, richness and cultural value of the UK’...