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Hester Digs Chelsea - this year's highlights from The Chelsea Flower Show (1/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - this year's highlights from The Chelsea Flower Show (1/4)

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Here's Hester' Macdonald's highlights from this year's Chelsea Flower Show, including the new rose from David Austin, "Emily Bronte", a green wall for urban bees, Tom...

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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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Dig It Bamboo 7 May 2018

Dig It Bamboo 7 May 2018

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There are lots of bamboos on the market, suitable for all kind of situations. This week's show mentions Phyllostachys aureosulcata, a golden-stemmed bamboo that grows to about 6m, and also Phyl...

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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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Dig It! Box hedges alternatives (6 November 2017)

Dig It! Box hedges alternatives (6 November 2017)

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What can you use if not box hedges - Hester explains

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Dig It! Groot Groen Plus (23 October 2017)

Dig It! Groot Groen Plus (23 October 2017)

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One of the big plant shows in the Netherlands is Groot Groen Plus. It’s held in the hometown of Van Gogh, Zundert, and it brings together tree and shrub specialists from all over the Netherla...

Provided by Schilliger Garden Centre

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Dig It! "Le Balene Cantano Alla Luna" Orticolario Whales

Dig It! "Le Balene Cantano Alla Luna" Orticolario Whales

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A couple of weeks ago was the magnificent spectacle that is Orticolario. 

Provided by Schilliger Garden Centre

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Dig It! Hedges (2 Oct 2017)

Dig It! Hedges (2 Oct 2017)

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This week Hester tackles hedges!!!  Listener question: “How to replace a large thuja hedge that divided two front gardens. The situation is windy and exposed, it is narrow and the soi...

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Gorgeous Grasses for Autumn

Gorgeous Grasses for Autumn

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Grasses with coloured stems are becoming more common and there are plenty available already​.

Provided by Schilliger

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Plunge into some greenery this autumn

Plunge into some greenery this autumn

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The weather here in Switzerland is due to improve again, so it’s a good time to get out and about and enjoy some gardens and plants over the next couple of weeks. This week Hester looks ...

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