Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

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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Schilliger Butterfly House in Gland

Schilliger Butterfly House in Gland

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Camil Schilliger, of Schilliger Garden Centre, explains the concept behind the Butterfly House at their Gland store and how they've created the optimum environment for the butterflies in an eth...

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Swiss Up! Poya art & the Swiss Art of papercutting

Swiss Up! Poya art & the Swiss Art of papercutting

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In the 17th century the art of paper cutting arrived in central Europe after a 400 year voyage from China over Persia and the Balkans. In Switzerland it got married to a very particular artform... ...

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Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

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Following on from last week's show about Chinese gardens, this week we are looking at the English Landscape garden and the writer, William Shenstone, who could be said to have first described i...

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Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

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The earliest examples of garden writings are from China, such as the 373 AD work "The Preface to the Orchid Pavillion" by Wang Xizhi, and the importance of Chinese gardens globally waxed and waned ...

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Urban picnics change the way we think about space

Urban picnics change the way we think about space

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  A parking space might just be a parking space to you and I - but to Marcel Mühlestein and those that participate in "Urban Picnicing", a parking space might ...

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ART SEEN - Sculpture Garden in Geneva's Parc des Eaux Vives

ART SEEN - Sculpture Garden in Geneva's Parc des Eaux Vives

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Sculpture Garden in Geneva's Parc des Eaux Vives: UFOs have landed. Uli Van Neyghem takes a look...

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Dig It! Dahlias (25 June 2018)

Dig It! Dahlias (25 June 2018)

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Want to add a bit of pep to your veggie patch and your plate? How about growing some dahlias? The French bulb company, Ernest Turc, launched a new range of edible dahlias, under the "Bio Bulb Eat" ...

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Dig It! Gardening and Books  (18 June 2017)

Dig It! Gardening and Books (18 June 2017)

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The Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny in Geneva, hold over 150,000 titles in their possession, and manage to display a small number of the extraordinary treasures, like first editions of Shakespea...

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Award winning must-haves from Chelsea

Award winning must-haves from Chelsea

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The Royal Horticulatural Society’s Product of the Year is a hotly-contested title, judged by a panel of experts including Deborah Meaden, business woman extraordinaire and long-running judge ...

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Dig It! Good and Bad Bugs (4 June 2018)

Dig It! Good and Bad Bugs (4 June 2018)

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This week's show is all about bugs - helpful bugs like bees, hoverflies, ladybirds and lacewings, and unhelpful bugs like ahpids. Bees like nectar-rich plants like borage, sunflowers or wildflowers...

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Roses at Chelsea, a scent of summertime

Roses at Chelsea, a scent of summertime

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For me, roses mean summertime, and a Chelsea with no roses would be a very sad Chelsea indeed. Luckily there are always plenty of these beautiful flowers both in the show gardens and inside the Gre...

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Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden

Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden

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The 2018 Chelsea Flower Show closed on the 26th of May, but the ideas seen in the Show Gardens will be providing both designers and home gardeners with plenty of inspiration over the next year.

Provided by Meier Garden-Centre

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Dig It! What's Coming Up (28 May 2018)

Dig It! What's Coming Up (28 May 2018)

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This year's Chelsea Flower Show was a sunny and joyful edition, and if it's left you wanting more, and maybe even to get a ticket for yourself, there are a few more Royal Horticultural Society Show...

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Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

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 What were the big themes or take-homes from this year's Chelsea Flower Showthat you can try in your garden right now? Screens and water for the hardscaping and yellow in any form at ...

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Hester Digs Chelsea - Our favourite plant products & flowers (3/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Our favourite plant products & flowers (3/4)

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The newest and best plants and products from this year's Chelsea Flower Show are right here.

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