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  • Photo: Steve Evans

    The rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, a once widespread species throughout the north eastern states and two Canadian provinces, has been added to the US endangered list – the first for a American native species of bumble bee.

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  • Image: Erlend Bjørtvedt

    A breach in the Global Seed Vault, Norway, deep inside the Arctic Circle, has raised concerned about its longevity after unprecedented winter temperatures saw water flood its entrance. 

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  • In a major contravention of European Union regulatory processes this week, Genetically Modified (GMO) petunia cultivars have been found in Germany, with further inquires finding them in British garden centres as well.  

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  • If you can’t eat fresh vegetables straight from the garden, what’s the next best alternative? No, it’s not necessarily ‘fresh’ from the shop…And how and when do you harvest your crops?

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  • Photo: Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    In a shocking bureaucratic bungle, Australia’s Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which controls the country’s biosecurity, has destroyed irreplaceable 19th century plant specimens sent from France.

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  • A joint study between the cesar Australia and the CSIRO has found the first populations of green peach aphid (GPA) in Queensland, South and Western Australia that have begun developing resistance to neonicotinoid pesticides.

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  • In the realm of international relations the idea of ‘soft power‘ has been around for decades, and China is set to express theirs in a way never before seen in the West, with construction set to begin on a 12 acre Chinese garden in Washington.

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  • A new report on climate change from the Royal Horticultural Society outlines challenges to UK gardeners, as well as opportunities.

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  • Two new species of rare parasitic orchids have been discovered in the Yanbaru forests of Japan, providing some fascinating insights into the diversity of this hugely varied family.

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  • Immersion

    The Festival des Architectures Vives 2017 is set to wow visitors yet again, with this year’s theme of ‘Emotion‘ resulting in a number designs that excite and delight as well as challenge and innovate.

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  • A Maltese quarry. Design James Basson

    I was all set to write up a preview of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show gardens. And then I read Dan Cooper’s analysis on his Frustrated Gardener blog and realised that I couldn’t do it any better.

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  • In news that might well be an unwelcome vindication of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, entomologists in Europe have found the overall biomass of insects in some areas has alarmingly declined by as much 80% in the last 20 years.

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  • Archeologists have discovered an ancient Egyptian funerary garden on the Dra Abu el-Naga hill in Luxor, which is thought to date from around 2000 BCE.

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  • Science and popular culture have hilariously collided, with DNA sequencing revealing what were previously classified as a closely-related species and subspecies of Daviesia are actually two separate ‘unlikely twin’ species.

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  • Long-time Gardening Australia presenter Angus Stewart has given us his last story and it’s one very close to his heart – the rehabilitation of a degraded city site into a world-class park filled with endemic Australian species.

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  • China is building vertical forests, each planted with 1,100 trees and 2,500 plants to help mitigate its CO2 emissions. The towers, to be completed by the end of 2018, will each absorb around 25 tons of CO2 every year. But isn’t this more a feel-good than effective solution to a huge problem?

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  • Chihuly at the New York Botanical Gardens (Photo Ben Hider)

    New York Botanical Garden has a stunning Chihuly glass exhibition until 29 October with large and colourful glass installations across the Garden’s 250 acres.

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  • This year’s display gardens at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park are set to inspire urban gardeners, tackling issues of urban grey spaces, climate change and the very topical subject of flooding head-on.

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  • All the Dirt is a great new podcast series from Western Australian media professionals Deryn Thorpe and Steve Wood.

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  • Keeping track of flowering times in your garden over the year has been made easy, thanks to Lisa Orgler, lecturer and horticulturist at Iowa State University.

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