“Novice gardener” rips up grass lawn to create wildflower meadow

Self-proclaimed “novice gardener” Peter Thain has made his garden dreams a reality by transforming his front lawn into a beautiful meadow. Peter Thain, otherwise known as The Evening Gardener, was insistent on turning his front lawn into a haven for bees and wildlife, ripping up the grass lawn and sowing wildflower seeds in the process. The physiotherapist and lecturer, based in Cheltenham, has been posting … Continue reading “Novice gardener” rips up grass lawn to create wildflower meadow

Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Used coffee grounds offer many benefits to plants, flowers, and vegetables—improving water retention, drainage, and soil aeration are at the top of that list. Coffee grounds also allow certain beneficial microorganisms to thrive and attract earthworms, which are a garden’s best friend. via Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove Continue reading Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

National Garden Scheme: Step into a secret garden by heading to a private garden near you

For a “secret garden” trip this summer, head to one of the National Garden Scheme’s private gardens in England and Wales. The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. The private gardens are open to the public on select days, and there’s also … Continue reading National Garden Scheme: Step into a secret garden by heading to a private garden near you

Rehouse a plant from Hampton Court Flower Show through House of Wayward Plants’ adoption scheme

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show may be over but it leaves with it a legacy of plants which are fortunately now up for adoption thanks to an initiative by Wayward Plants. House of Wayward Plants, which facilitates large-scale community plant exchanges and adoption events for unwanted plants, have teamed up with the National Trust to allow several thousands of plants and materials from … Continue reading Rehouse a plant from Hampton Court Flower Show through House of Wayward Plants’ adoption scheme

Review: The Indoor Plant and Flower Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon

If you don’t have a garden or a yard, you can still bring nature in to your home with houseplants. And what’s more houseplants too are great for the environment, helping to purify the air and reduce CO2. Whether you are new to houseplants or are wanting to take better care of your existing houseplants, The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert is a fantastic guide … Continue reading Review: The Indoor Plant and Flower Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon

Trap Garden: One man’s vision for food secure communities in Nashville and beyond

Nashville-based Trap Garden is helping to put fresh foods on to plates for low-income communities living in food deserts by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating. The Trap Garden seeks to motivate and inspire others to be self-sufficient – to not depend on a major grocery store or business to provide them with their daily needs. The social enterprise … Continue reading Trap Garden: One man’s vision for food secure communities in Nashville and beyond

Weleda Gardens: Experiencing the magick of the natural wellbeing company on Derbyshire home soil

It’s not everyday that you get to visit a “secret” garden, so when I was invited to Weleda’s medicinal plant gardens in Ilkeston, in England’s county of Derbyshire, I was delighted. This was an opportunity for me to connect with Gaia on a part of her that I had not been acquainted with before, and to also, trace the footsteps of a natural beauty and … Continue reading Weleda Gardens: Experiencing the magick of the natural wellbeing company on Derbyshire home soil

Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden grown from rescued plants

Gardening legend Pearl Fryar has created a whimsical topiary at his garden, in South Carolina, with many plants which were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. Self-taught and armed with a hedge trimmer, Pearl Fryar has worked for more than 20 years to create and maintain the impressive topiaries across his three-acre garden. Homemade sculptures, fondly referred to as “junk-art” by Pearl Fryar, … Continue reading Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden grown from rescued plants

The Pop-Up Farm: Pick sunflowers and learn about farming whilst having fun

The Pop-Up Farm is aiming to educate people about farming through its seasonal sunflower, sweetcorn and pumpkin festivals. Located close to Harpenden in Hertfordshire, the year-round farm only opens to the public for certain seasons, helping people to understand more about the growing and harvesting of crops. If you want to pick your own sunflowers this year, head to The Pop-Up Farm where you can … Continue reading The Pop-Up Farm: Pick sunflowers and learn about farming whilst having fun

Bee Pit Stop: Giant living billboard at King’s Cross provides safe area for urban bees to fill up and rest

A huge billboard adorning thousands of pollinating plants in support of urban bees, otherwise known as a Bee Pit Stop, has been unveiled at London’s Kings Cross. The beehive-shaped installation is 36m tall and doubles up as a flower-packed safe space for London’s bees. It contains 500 plugs of lavender, as well as other bee-friendly plant species, such as salvia, spurges and sedum. Rapid urban … Continue reading Bee Pit Stop: Giant living billboard at King’s Cross provides safe area for urban bees to fill up and rest