Apr 22

Happy International Mother Earth Day!

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earth dayThe Earth Day was first celebrated exactly 44 years ago on 22 April, 1970. The idea about this day was first offered by the peace activist John McConnell at an UNESCO conference in San Francisco in 1969. His idea was to celebrate this day on 21 March, and so it happened in 1970. But a month later another day of Mother Earth Day was announced by the US Senator Gaylord Nelson. Although the original idea was to celebrate such a day only in the USA, in 1990 the Earth Day was extended and turned into an international holiday. It is now celebrated in 192 countries around the world. Each country honours Mother Earth and its significance and beauty with different social events. (more…)

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Apr 16

Favourite Flowers of the Famous

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Do you have a favourite flower? We’d actually find it hard to pick just one, there are so many beautiful blooms out there, and they all have their different charms. Some celebrities have become known for loving or sometimes hating particular flowers, maybe you share a particular flower passion or aversion with one of your favourite superstars.

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Apr 8

Cactuses and Feng Shui

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Feng Shui could well be the original art of interior and exterior design. Originating in China and practised for some 4000 years, the aim of Feng Shui is to arrange your environment so that energy or ‘chi’ flows freely through it. The placement of every element is considered to bring a sense of harmony and peace. This is pretty much what any expert designer aims to do, indoors or out, the Chinese just have a slightly different way of looking at it. (more…)

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Apr 1

Garden Events in London in April

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Along with the spring bulbs, nesting birds and budding trees, one sure sign of spring that any keen gardener will spot is the advent of the season’s gardening shows and events. If you’re not too busy preparing your own garden here’re a few you can check out. You might get some inspiration and it’s always a treat to be amongst others who share your love of all things green. (more…)

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Mar 24

Be Your Own Flower Shop

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Florists are expensive, supermarket choices can be limited, and in both cases it’s as likely as not that the blooms you buy are forced in a greenhouse. They may not have much scent and they’re imported from overseas, so not that environmentally friendly.

It’s much more satisfying to cut flowers from your own garden and use them to make your home look and smell beautiful. And it’s not difficult either. Ask your Fantastic Gardeners what they’d suggest you grow in a sunny sheltered in your garden but here’s a few ideas to get your started. (more…)

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Mar 18

Welcome back to the garden!

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As winter retreats Fantastic Gardeners anticipate the pleasures of the growing season. After a difficult few months it’s still early for many of the major spring tasks. Wet ground won’t benefit from being dug over, it’s early for lawn cutting and summer bedding plants need to stay in shelter until risk of frost has passed. Any gardener will tell you that there’s always something to do in the garden, how can you best use the early spring? (more…)

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Mar 11

Scented Spring Flowers for Your Home

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Grape HyacinthsWe love the spring! All seasons have something to offer, but for Fantastic Gardeners spring has to be the most exciting. The worst of the winter cold, damp and dark retreats and the garden is full of new growth and new hope. It can still be a bit chilly, so one of the better ways to enjoy spring is to bring it indoors, by taking some of your lovely spring flowers into your home. Consider some of the following: (more…)

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Mar 4

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

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Any gardener will tell you that when you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden, the best place to look is someone else’s! You might think that a castle garden, particularly one created around a castle once used as a prison camp, would be a little grand to offer anything to the average suburban gardener. A visit to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent will prove you wrong.

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Feb 26

Garden Planner

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Feb 24

Why Gardening is Good for Your Health

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There’s both anecdotal and even some scientific evidence that gardeners live longer than non-gardeners. Some suggest up to 14 years longer, that’s pretty impressive! So, why is gardening so good for you? (more…)

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