• RHS Chelsea 2015: inspired by history

    by  • May 3, 2015 • 0 Comments

    MagnaCartapanelThe 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta at Runnymede is the inspiration behind Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour‘s show garden at Chelsea this year, and while the five times Chelsea medallists are busy building their latest garden on site at the Royal Hospital, two of their artistic collaborators are putting the finishing touches to their contributions to the scene.

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    Help save Ratty, the water vole

    by  • April 30, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Watervole1_creditIainGreenThe water vole, best known to so many of us as Ratty of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, is under threat here in Britain and needs our help, says the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), which is calling for volunteers to join its newly-launched National Water Vole Monitoring Programme.

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    They’re off…RHS Chelsea build-up begins

    by  • April 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    CopyrightHomesandGardensYes, it’s that time of year again. The gardens of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, are alive once more with the beginnings of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Flatbed lorries laden with tentage and trees, timber, aggregates and tools are the first to arrive, together with the neon-coated, hard-hat and metal toecap-booted men and women who are ready for duty, turning the first sods of earth and starting to build the show gardens and displays that are bound to delight and amaze us for five incredible days in three weeks’ time.

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    London Craft Week 2015

    by  • April 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    Visitors to COLLECT 2014, Saatchi Gallery. Photograph by Sophie Mutevelian.

    Design has London Design Week, fashion has London Fashion Week and, now, craft has London Craft Week (LCW). With the aim of bringing centuries-old skills into the limelight to demonstrate their continuing relevance, this new event is a celebration of craftsmanship, introducing innovative talent alongside old, while challenging, inspiring and educating visitors about craft and the processes behind it demonstrated by the makers themselves.

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    Jobs to do in the garden this month

    by  • April 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    EchinaceaHerbs are easy to grow, whatever the size of your garden. They are also a vital ingredient in any haven for bees, our ecological heroes. Make your garden bee-friendly with these 10 of the best aromatic, ornamental and flavoursome herbs and reap the dividends for yourself by using the tasty stems, leaves and flowers in your culinary concoctions.

    You can also do your bit to help protect our bee population by taking part in the Great British Bee Count 2015 (1st-31st May). Last year, more than 830,000 bees were counted, and this year, it’s hoped that even more will be seen as more and more gardeners have risen to the challenge and planted the nectar- and pollen-rich flowers so vital to the bee’s survival.

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    3 of the best table linen companies

    by  • April 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    It is hard to think of a more evocative phrase in the domestic lexicon than the words ‘pure linen’. The very mention of this natural, flax-based fabric conjures up a catalogue of tantalising images. Draped across tables, crisp, fragrant and durable linen embodies our contemporary yearning for a more natural, organic type of luxury that is the antidote to a modern technologically-driven world.

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