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See Chelsea for free (or for the price of a cocktail anyway)

by Alice Wright

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts today and for lovers of all things gardening it’s one of the hottest tickets in town. But if you haven’t managed to get your hands on a pass this year you don’t have to miss out on the horticultural action altogether. A range of venues around the capital are hosting Flower Show-related events throughout the week and we’ve rounded up a few of the best.


Chelsea Flower Show 2015: city garden inspiration

by Rhiannon James

A design for a rather larger-than-average back garden, in the shape of Dan Pearson’s showpiece for Chatsworth, might be dominating the headlines at Chelsea but there are still some exciting ideas for urban gardens at this year’s show.


Garden art: Prize for Illustration 2015

by Rhiannon James

The annual Prize for Illustration has taken London Places and Spaces as its theme for 2015 and many of the artists have found inspiration in the capital’s green and pleasant corners.

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Hanging Planter DIY

by Rhiannon James

Classic macramé plant hangers are firmly back in fashion and are perfect for people who are short on surface space. Stylist Joanna Thornhill, author of Home For Now: Making your rented space or first house beautiful shows how cheap and easy it is to make your own with this simple project using standard garden twine.

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How to make a living salad wall


This growing project is a fantastic way to harvest lots of salad crops from a tiny space such as a balcony or roof terrace, says Alex Mitchell, author of new book Gardening on a Shoestring.

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Council tax cut for front gardeners proposed

by Alice Wright

An environmental expert has proposed radical financial measures to encourage homeowners to keep their gardens green in an attempt to reduce the risk of flooding.

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Zandra Rhodes-designed pocket park opens

by Alice Wright

Renowned fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has joined forces with garden designer Joe Swift to create a pocket park at Greenwood Theatre in London Bridge.

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Help to grow a garden for Manchester

by Alice Wright

Half a million seeds are being given away across Manchester this bank holiday weekend so gardeners can make their own contribution to a crowd-grown garden in the heart of the city.

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Window boxes

by Rhiannon James

Finding the right container is key to creating a sensational window box display – we’ve picked our favourites.

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Window box plants

by Rhiannon James

Whether you have space outdoors or not, the one garden you can almost always enjoy is a window box. Outside, window boxes will transform the look of your house and welcome you home every evening with a fanfare of flowers. Inside, they can create a herb garden in your kitchen or a jungle in your hall. Our experts share their favourite window box combinations.

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Gardening events this week

by Drucilla James

In Chelsea week, find out all there is to know about plants at a range of festivals, shows and themed events and then learn how to write about your inspirations too.

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Community garden set to wow south west

by Alice Wright

A large-scale community growing space in Cornwall aims to provide a model for urban biodiversity, community involvement and education

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London: National Park City

by Lucy Purdy

Former geography teacher Daniel Raven-Ellison believes classification as a National Park City would prompt Londoners to re-imagine their city in a positive way, push growing projects to the fore, and help to tackle issues such as obesity and climate change along the way.