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Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

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  Hydrangeas are among my favourite flowers for the month of May, and Eric Renault of Sapho nurseries in the north of France, was showing a brand new variety, called Hydrangea macrophylla &...

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Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

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The Giardina garden show was on last week in Zurich, and one of the big trends for this year is moss - it was everywhere, as ground cover, on rocks and on walls. The new company Cosmos, make moss b...

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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:  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: 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! 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! 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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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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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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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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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 - Gold Medal & Best in Show (2/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Gold Medal & Best in Show (2/4)

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At this year's Chelsea Flower Show Hester and Tara from the Swiss Gardening School found a garden they walked straight into and loved - with lots of yellow...

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Dig It! Insect Hotels (14 May 2018)

Dig It! Insect Hotels (14 May 2018)

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La Découverte School in Mies has a vegetable patch and an insect hotel. We took a trip to meet some of the students and answer their questions about their insect visitors and their insect ho...

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Gadget Guru - The top 3 apps for gardeners

Gadget Guru - The top 3 apps for gardeners

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Our Gadget Guru Paul Bristow was having a nice time in the garden when he thought to himself "how can I enhance this experience and stand a better chance of keeping my plants alive?" H...

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Dig It! Deer proof plants (5 March 2018)

Dig It! Deer proof plants (5 March 2018)

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Deer can be a real nuisance in country gardens, and this week, our listener, Sandra, has a problem with deer eating the roses and dogwoods in her garden. There are lots of great alternatives, like ...

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Dig It! Gardens of the Future (19 February 2018)

Dig It! Gardens of the Future (19 February 2018)

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What will the garden centre of the future look like? Will we still buy our plants in the same way or will our behaviour change along with technology? The Garden Retail exhibition in Utrecht showcas...

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Dig It! Florists (12 February 2018)

Dig It! Florists (12 February 2018)

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With Valentine's Day on the horizon, many people will be thinking about buying flowers for their significant other, but have you ever stopped to think about the actual experience of buying flow...

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Dig It! Seedballs (22 January 2018)

Dig It! Seedballs (22 January 2018)

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Winter evenings for me are perfect curled up in front of the fire with a stack of seed catalogues and my photos of the garden from last year. It’s the time to plan what to change or add or ev...

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Dig it! Great magazine gifts (27 Nov 2017)

Dig it! Great magazine gifts (27 Nov 2017)

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This week, Hester sits down with Tara to discuss the best subscription magazines for that great holiday gift!

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Last minute Christmas gift

Last minute Christmas gift

Join us at the Meier Garden Centre, Durnten, and enjoy a truly wonderful pre-Christmas season at the most "English" Garden Center in Switzerland.

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Dig It! Het Loo Planting (20 Nov 2017)

Dig It! Het Loo Planting (20 Nov 2017)

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For many gardeners, the colder weather means the end of the gardening year. But that just means a bit of time indoors planning and thinking about what you might like to do next year. One of the way...

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