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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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Dig It! Orticolario - Italian gardens (19 June 2017)

Dig It! Orticolario - Italian gardens (19 June 2017)

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Orticolario, the Italian garden event that takes place in Como at the end of September, is packed with quality plants. Erwin Meier is a plant expert, and the Director of the Meier Garden Centre nea...

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Hester Digs all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show

Hester Digs all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Hester Digs! talks about all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show; from beautiful sculptures to watering cans.

Provided by Meier Garden-Centre

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Dig It! Listener questions (12 June 2017)

Dig It! Listener questions (12 June 2017)

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It's the first week of the month, and we have a question from Mandy, a yoga teacher, with a question about a tricky area, under the "saut de loup" in their basement. Are there any pla...

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Hester Digs Chelsea's Flower Pavilion

Hester Digs Chelsea's Flower Pavilion

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There are always lots of new plants and unusual plants to enjoy inside the Aladdin’s Cave that is the Floral Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Provided by Meier Garden-Centre

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Dig It! Listener Questions  (6 June 2017)

Dig It! Listener Questions (6 June 2017)

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It's the first week of the month, and we have a question from Mandy, a yoga teacher, with a question about a tricky area, under the "saut de loup" in their basement. Are there any pla...

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Hester Digs Chelsea Review "A Masterclass in Colour and Structure"

Hester Digs Chelsea Review "A Masterclass in Colour and Structure"

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The Royal Horticultural Society awarded winners; primary schoolers studied leaf cells and visitors enjoyed the splendor of the Chelsea Flower Show. 

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Dig It! Hester's Chelsea Flower Show review (29 May 2017)

Dig It! Hester's Chelsea Flower Show review (29 May 2017)

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The Chelsea Flower Show this year was glorious under the hot British sun, find out about the winners and trends to watch, you might want to buy up stocks of Iris "Kent Pride" and orange g...

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Dig It! New gardening books (22 May 2017)

Dig It! New gardening books (22 May 2017)

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It's May, so the gardening book publishing season is firmly underway. I'm off to Chelsea next week and several new titles will be available there, I'm looking forward to seeing Jinny Bl...

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Hester on the Mid Morning Mix

Hester on the Mid Morning Mix

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  Hester joins Katt on the Mid Morning Mix with a bag of salad!  Our very own Dig It! presenter also brings with her tickets to the Iris Gardens at the Château de Vullier...

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Hester Digs Chelsea

Hester Digs Chelsea

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The spectacle that is “Chelsea” is a staple of the start of the British season, expect lots of floral frocks, hats and, if the weather doesn’t behave, brightly coloured wellies too.

Provided by The Chelsea Flower Show

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Dig It! All about fuchsias (15 May 2017)

Dig It! All about fuchsias (15 May 2017)

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The fuchsia nursery Bieri are well known across Switzerland for having a superb range of fuchsias, and with more than 600 varieties in their catalogue, you are bound to find something that you like...

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Dig It! French plant fair  (8 May 2017)

Dig It! French plant fair (8 May 2017)

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Hester recently visited the gorgeous French plant fair, Saint Jean de Beauregard, awash with glorious plants, specialist sellers, a chteau and formal gardens free to visit. While she was there, she...

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Dig It! Growing veggies with kids  (1 May 2017)

Dig It! Growing veggies with kids (1 May 2017)

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Growing vegetables, fruit or herbs with children is a great way to get them interested in growing and then eating the results. My own children chose their own crops to grow from about the age of th...

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Dig It! Belgian peony nursery (24 April 2017)

Dig It! Belgian peony nursery (24 April 2017)

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The famous French plant fair, Saint Jean de Beauregard, was on last week, and the superb Belgian peony nursery, Graefswinning were there with lots of new varieties. Jeannine Lemmens, the owner...

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Dig It! Spring is here  (April 17 2017)

Dig It! Spring is here (April 17 2017)

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Spring is really here and the local garden centres are doing a roaring trade. If you're in the Suisse Romande, one of the oldest and best known is the family company Schilliger. Founded in 1945 by ...

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Dig It! Hydrangeas  (10 April 2017)

Dig It! Hydrangeas (10 April 2017)

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Hydrangeas are glorious plants for the garden, but what if you only have space for a small pot on your balcony or terrace? Up until now, there were very few naturally small hydrangeas, but Jean Pie...

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Dig It: Listener questions (3 April 2017)

Dig It: Listener questions (3 April 2017)

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On this week's Dig It, Hester is tackling a couple of your listener questions. Alison wants to know what veggies can safely be planted now, and Paddy wants to know how he can grow British bluebells...

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Dig It! Giardina garden show review (20 March 2017)

Dig It! Giardina garden show review (20 March 2017)

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The Giardina show in Zurich is the largest indoor garden show in Switzerland, and Hester Macdonald visited last week. Some superb show gardens and some great tips for smaller balconies and gardens ...

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Dig It! Urban Gardens (13 March 2017)

Dig It! Urban Gardens (13 March 2017)

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Here is the Dig It for this week, continuing our theme of urban gardens and a look at a new seed library just opened in St Jean in Geneva. I spoke to Caroline Dommen who was involved with the esta...

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Dig It! Did the cold kill bugs? Listener questions (6 March 2017)

Dig It! Did the cold kill bugs? Listener questions (6 March 2017)

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Les emailed in with the question "has this cold weather been enough to kill off the bugs eating my hedge?" and the answer is probably not, unless you live at a significant elevation or the garden i...

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Dig It! Urban Gardening  (27 February 2017)

Dig It! Urban Gardening (27 February 2017)

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Urban gardening is on the rise, and in Geneva, one of the popular spots is in the Parc de Beaulieu. I met up with Caroline Dommen there recently, and she told me all about the origins of the urban ...

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Visit Schilliger Garden Centre and café in Gland

Visit Schilliger Garden Centre and café in Gland

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Schilliger Garden Centre in Gland is the largest garden centre in the Suisse Romande. Here you can find virtually everything you need for the garden, plus beautiful things to decorate your hom...

Provided by Schilliger Garden Centre

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Dig It! What could your garden have in the future? (20 February 2017)

Dig It! What could your garden have in the future? (20 February 2017)

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What can you expect to find in your garden centre in the future? The Tuinzaken Retail Experience show in Boskoop in Holland had lots of ideas. Anite Meulemann, the Director of the show and Romeo So...

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