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Dig It! Bulbs (15 January 2018)

Dig It! Bulbs (15 January 2018)

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This time of the year for me is all about bringing the outdoors indoors. I like to cut the odd branch of winter flowering shrubs like Viburnum, or pot up some snowdrops to put on a key windowsill t...

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Dig It! Cedars (8 January 2018)

Dig It! Cedars (8 January 2018)

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If you're short of inspiration for new garden-related outings for 2018, then Roger Beer's new book "Des arbres remarquables, 41 histoires enracinées à Genève" ("Remarkable Trees, 41 stories rooted ...

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Dig It! Holiday Gifts (11 Dec 2017)

Dig It! Holiday Gifts (11 Dec 2017)

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On this episode of Dig It, Hester Macdonald give great ideas for gardening Christmas gifts!

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Dig It! Books Gifts (4 Dec 2017)

Dig It! Books Gifts (4 Dec 2017)

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” Cicero. Books and gardening go together perfectly, and keen gardeners like me are very happy to curl up in the wint...

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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! 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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Dig It! Holly (13 Nov 2017)

Dig It! Holly (13 Nov 2017)

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Join Hester this week on the new episode of Dig It! all about Holly.

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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! Box Hedges  (30 Oct 2017)

Dig It! Box Hedges (30 Oct 2017)

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Box plants have had a hard few years and lots of people are looking for alternatives, one of the most popular is Ilex crenata "Dark Green" and this is what the grand baroque garden of Het...

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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. 

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Dig It! The remarkable trees of Geneva (9 Oct 2017)

Dig It! The remarkable trees of Geneva (9 Oct 2017)

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With some clear autumn weather on the horizon, it’s a good opportunity to get outside and enjoy all that the green world has to offer, and for anyone visiting or living in Geneva, there is a ...

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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​.

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Planting Spring Bulbs with Dig It!'s Hester Macdonald

Planting Spring Bulbs with Dig It!'s Hester Macdonald

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Don't forget to plant them now, in autumn!

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Dig It! Gardening events for the end of summer (18 Sept 2017)

Dig It! Gardening events for the end of summer (18 Sept 2017)

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Plunge into some greenery this autumn. 

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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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Dig It! Gardening with Children

Dig It! Gardening with Children

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I love this time of year, the fresh slate of a new school year gives you a chance to start afresh, dig a veggie patch, buy some bulbs for next spring or plan a new border in the garden.

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Dig It! Lawns (4 September 2017)

Dig It! Lawns (4 September 2017)

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Our listener question this week comes from Sandra, who has a large, steep garden at an altitude of 800m, and is worried about some new brown patches on her lawn.

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Dig It!  Strawberries (28 Aug 2017)

Dig It! Strawberries (28 Aug 2017)

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Plantarium in Boskoop is one of the biggest horticulture shows in the Netherlands, where plant specialists from the region and further afield meet to show their new plants. Markus Kobelt of Lubera ...

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Dig It! Black Clematis (17 July 2017)

Dig It! Black Clematis (17 July 2017)

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Travers nurseries know a good climber when they see one. Arnaud Travers is the 5th generation of his family to work with plants, and they launched a few new plants at the Salon du Vég&eac...

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Dig It! Lost Gardens of Heligan & Eden project (10 July 2017)

Dig It! Lost Gardens of Heligan & Eden project (10 July 2017)

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The holidays are here, and if you are lucky enough to be spending some of your holiday time in Cornwall, then get yourself to the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.    

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Dig It! Sturdy petunias (3 July 2017)

Dig It! Sturdy petunias (3 July 2017)

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With all this hot weather, many plants in hanging baskets and containers have been suffering and wilting. If you have lost some plants and are looking for some replacements, or haven't plant...

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Dig It! Nantes garden park (26 June 2017)

Dig It! Nantes garden park (26 June 2017)

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The beautiful city of Nantes is a watchword for unique and creative city revival, and the addition of another new park is sure to help boost that image. The Mayor of Nantes, Johanna Rolland, and th...

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