Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

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Spring flowering bulbs bring a great touch of colour to any garden or balcony. They are generally planted in the autumn, but if you missed the boat on planting in the autumn, don't panic, you can b...

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Dig It! Lawn alternatives (4 February 2019)

Dig It! Lawn alternatives (4 February 2019)

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This week's show was inspired by a client consultancy from last year. The clients were looking for ways to reduce their watering and drought-proof their garden, and one of the things we looked at w...

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Dig It! Butterflies (28 January 2019)

Dig It! Butterflies (28 January 2019)

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Caspar Bijlevedt, the Director of Papiliorama talks to us about biodiversity and butterflies, and right now is the perfect time to plan ahead for adding plants to your borders or dream up some new ...

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Dig It! Swiss Gardens Book (21 January 2019)

Dig It! Swiss Gardens Book (21 January 2019)

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As part of a new year-long series, this is the first of our shows about Swiss Gardens, to tie in with my new book "Swiss Gardens" which will be published in April by Bergli Books. Caspar Bijleveld,...

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Dig It 11 Jan 2019

Dig It 11 Jan 2019

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In the second of our two-part book review, Tara Lissner and I are reviewing "Terrain", edited by Greg Lehmkuhl. It's packed with stunning images, great, practical ideas and glorious planting combin...

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Dig It! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

Dig It! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

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When it's cold and dark outside in the garden, there's nothing better than sitting down with a great book, full of inspiration for the year to come. A perfect book for any beginner or exper...

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Dig It: Christmas Gifts (17 Dec 2018)

Dig It: Christmas Gifts (17 Dec 2018)

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  This is the second show in our two-part special on Christmas and holiday gifts for gardeners. Last week we were looking at gifts with a little bit of luxury, so this week we are looking a...

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Dig It:  Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

Dig It: Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

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  With the holidays rapidly approaching and the season of gift-giving almost upon us, we have a collection of fantastic gift ideas for the green-fingered gardener in your life, of maybe jus...

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Dig It: Expat Expo Q&A (3 December 2018)

Dig It: Expat Expo Q&A (3 December 2018)

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On this week's Dig It, Hester answers your questions from the Geneva Expat Expo. Questions recorded at the Geneva Expat Expo, one from Francesca, of the three co-writers of "The Trailing Spouse Rei...

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Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

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  What do you wear to do the gardening? Special gardening clothes? Special boots? My trusty Le Chameau boots are great, and I love my Danish clogs too, but I think I've found the perfec...

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Dig It: Urban Gardening (19 November 2018)

Dig It: Urban Gardening (19 November 2018)

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Greening your environment is easy when you live at ground level or have a garden, but it's a lot harder when you're on the third floor and there's no lift. Noocity have tried to ma...

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Dig It! Conifers (12 November 2018)

Dig It! Conifers (12 November 2018)

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Michel Meylan is a Swiss nursery owner and has a particular passion for conifers. His nursery www.meylan.ch and garden centre are in Renens near Lausanne, and the nursery produces 100,000 grafted c...

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Dig It!  Expat Expo questions and answers (1 5 November 2018)

Dig It! Expat Expo questions and answers (1 5 November 2018)

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The first of our shows recorded at the Expat Expo in Geneva, with listener questions from visitors and exhibitors. Rylla Resler, one of the authors of "The Trailing Spouse Reimagined" to be publish...

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Dig It! Climate Change and gardens  (29 October 2018)

Dig It! Climate Change and gardens (29 October 2018)

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The Dutch climatologist and TV weather presenter has plenty to say on the subject of climate change and horticulture. I caught up with him at Groot Groon Plus in Zundert in the Netherlands, the sho...

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Dig It! Ivy for Hedges (22 October 2018)

Dig It! Ivy for Hedges (22 October 2018)

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If you don't have the space for a traditional hedge, perhaps think about a ready made hedge, grown on a frame, with climbers instead of hedging plants? Marianna of the Dutch company Hedgeworld www....

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Dig It! Cameliia (15 October 2018)

Dig It! Cameliia (15 October 2018)

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Paolo Zacchera is a camellia, azalea and Japanese maple specialist with a nursery La Compagnia del Lago Maggiore in Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore. He tells us all about those marvels of a...

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Dig It! Sir Roy Lancaster (8 October 2018)

Dig It! Sir Roy Lancaster (8 October 2018)

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The Italian garden show, Orticolario, has just finished, and I managed to catch up with the Guest of Honour for this year, the British plantsman, Sir Roy Lancaster. If you missed his talk on plants...

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Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

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In the centre of Zurich, just a few hundred metres from the station, is the Old Botanic Garden of the University of Zurich, or Alter Botanische Garten. Established in 1837, the garden sits on top o...

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Dig It! Alternatives to an evergreen hedge (24 September 2018)

Dig It! Alternatives to an evergreen hedge (24 September 2018)

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If your evergreen hedge has suffered a bit this summer and you're thinking about an alternative, maybe a hedge made of perennials is the solution. Nils Honetschläger of the Grüental site of the ZHA...

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Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

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In my travels all around Switzerland this summer, researching for a book, I've been able to visit some marvellous, magical gardens, and the garden in the Chateau de Gruyères is one of my...

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Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

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With thousands of new plants to be launched every year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to plant in your garden. Peter van Rijssen from Plantipp has a good eye for a good plant, and this y...

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Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

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With lots of students off to college this autumn, perhaps a plant might make them feel more at home? The American Horticultural Therapy Association have shown that having plants in your immediate e...

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Dig It! - Garden dos and don'ts in a heatwave

Dig It! - Garden dos and don'ts in a heatwave

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Hester Macdonald is here to give us some advice on how we might be wasting water and making unnecessary work for ourselves by watering certain established plants or grassy spots. Did you also kn...

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Swiss Up! The combat of the queens

Swiss Up! The combat of the queens

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Image: Instagram (@lesherensdes_cimes) ​​   A post shared by Les Herens Des Cimes (@les_herens_des_cimes) on May 26, 2018 at 10:42am PDT

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