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Hester Macdonald brings life to your garden and the garden to your life!
Dig It! Looking ahead to RHS Chelsea Flower ShowFriday, 17 May, 2013
Hester Macdonald goes back to her roots and looks to London for inspiration—to Chelsea and the world-famous flower show to be more precise. The show is in its 100th year at its location in Chelsea, and opens its doors next Monday, with her Majesty The Queen among the most celebrated visitors expected. She talks to Simon Burvill, regular medal-winner at Chelsea as well as David Harber. Both were showing their work at Coppet at Jardins en Fête
Dig It! Jardins en fête at château de CoppetFriday, 10 May, 2013Hester Macdonald discusses the Swiss outdoor garden show at Jardins en fête au château de Coppet. One of the founders tells her the theme this year is “the plant hunters.” There is also a flower arranging competition, showcasing how amazingly fast a gorgeous bouquet can be assembled. She also talks to Remy Jaggi, the perennials specialist and Louis-Marie Blanchard, the traveller and journalist:
Dig It! The garden doctor is inFriday, 3 May, 2013Garden guru Hester Macdonald is tackling your questions. To help her with diagnosing plant problems she has Chris Mills, a British trained arborist and tutor at the Swiss Gardening School, at her side. Listeners want to know about bougainvillea, wisteria and clemetis. Another listener wonders if her dried out plants will ever grow leaves again?
Dig It! Decorating your great outdoorsFriday, 26 April, 2013Gardening guru Hester Macdonald looks at the world of garden furniture. She includes some ideas from the Zurich show, Giardina:
Dig It! Strolling around Geneva's right bank parksFriday, 19 April, 2013Hester Macdonald takes us on a tour of parks on the right bank of the lake in Geneva with Roger Beer, the expert arborist that showed us around the Parc des Eaux Vives a few weeks ago:
Dig It! Visiting the Swiss national Orchid ExhibitionFriday, 12 April, 2013Gardening guru Hester Macdonald visits Winterthur, which hosted the Swiss national Orchid Exhibition, held every two years (last time it was in Bern). Hester was accompanied by Lilly Schumperli, a retired international lawyer and Max Reutlinger, a retired chemist:
Dig It! The garden doctor answers your questionsFriday, 5 April, 2013Hester Macdonald and British arborist Chris Mills answer listener questions this week. The first one is about non-flowering wisteria with yellow leaves. It’s an old plant, in a sunny position with a deep root run next to a wall, and it has been fed, so what could be the matter with it? Another question concerns holly-leaved oak, Quercus ilex—are they winter-hardy?
Dig It! Greening your roofFriday, 29 March, 2013Hester Macdonald discusses green roofs this week. These have multiple benefits, including better insulation in winter and summer, better management of waste water, as well as potentially being beautiful:
Dig It! The latest trends in garden accessoriesFriday, 22 March, 2013Last week, Hester Macdonald explored the designer gardens of Giardina in Zurich, and this week turns her attention to the accessories that were on show, including new stone and floor finishes, innovative screening panels and urban garden additions:
Dig It! A garden design for everyone at GiardinaFriday, 15 March, 2013Hester Macdonald visits the indoor garden show Giardina in Zurich to see show gardens, plans, accessories as well as furniture, stones, sculptures. She speaks to Eliane Schumacher, the communication manager for the Messenhalle in Zurich, and explores some of the award winning designs: