Emerald ash borer entices rare woodpecker to Chicago. The pileated woodpecker, a large black woodpecker with a flaming-red crest and bold white stripes down its neck, has been spotted in the western Chicago suburbs of DuPage County. It appears to have been unwittingly lured by an invasive pest, the emerald ash borer. Continue reading
Titchmarsh labels Downing Street as the ‘Greyest Frontage Known to Man’ and volunteers to green it up. Continue reading
The City of Melbourne’s Nature Play at Royal Park has been crowned the country’s overall best public play space by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Continue reading
I feel confident anyone reading this would agree that gardeners have a better insight than most into changing weather patterns. Whatever the reason, the hot days seem to be getting hotter and the cold days colder but it’s usually the former that presents the greater challenges in selecting the right plant for the hot spot.
Enter stage right our wonderful grey-foliaged native plants. Continue reading
Michael McCoy wrote an excellent blog post last year about memorable moments in a garden (Seconds and Centuries) which has often inspired me to think about how our understanding of gardens is made up of fleeting moments of pleasure that can’t be photographed or often even later recalled with any visual clarity. Continue reading
Happily, there are plenty of great garden shows to choose from around the globe – to bathe in dazzling designer displays and floral flare. The most famous of all is in full swing right now in London. With this in mind, I’ve put together my list of ‘the’ shows for true garden lovers. Continue reading
We are constantly being told these days growing our own food is just so easy that everyone should be doing it. As an eco-gardener my inability to feed my family out of my own garden left me feeling somewhat inadequate. No, actually I felt like a total failure. My husband doesn’t like vegetables much so he is quite happy for me to not grow them and for years kept telling me to just grow flowers instead. Continue reading
The Chelsea Plant of the Year 2016 goes to Clematis chiisanensis AMBER. The winner, second and third place plants were awarded from 20 on the shortlist for the RHS Plant of the Year.
On a glorious sunny Spring day in London the Chelsea Flower Show delivers again. The pinnacle of horticultural endeavours and exhibitors were on display and I was certainly impressed by the gardens on show. Continue reading
An Australian “High Line” contender? The Victorian Government is calling for opinions about converting this bridge, possibly to an urban oasis inspired by New York’s famous High Line.
Not in My Backyard. The 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture is to be held in Canberra from 27 to 30 October 2016. Continue reading
Checking in to our Fort Cochin Hotel, the friendly staff invited us to relax in the garden while waiting for our room. We didn’t need an invitation – I was already out there craning my neck to see what caused the dappling in the courtyard. It was an enormous mango tree, and as I looked up something caught my eye. There was someone sitting on a branch, a very long way up. Continue reading
Garden lovers are nature lovers and one of my favourite pastimes is packing my rucksack and saying goodbye to reality before taking off into the Australian bush on my own for a few days of walking. Midsummer is not a typically popular time for bushwalking in Australia. Summers regularly reach a windy 40 degrees celsius, and avoiding remote bushland on such days is as much about avoiding chafing thighs as it is an act of self preservation. Continue reading