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The sound of a garden

A garden is a feast for all of the senses. A kaleidoscope of colour, shape and form, changing with the light through the times of the day and the seasons.  The scent of flowers, aromatic foliage, the sweet fragrance of newly mown grass, fresh rain and fallen leaves on damp…

A few ideas for a fabulous fall porch

  As days shorten and leaves colour and fall our attentions move towards the areas close to the house, rather than the far reaches of the garden. What a great excuse to liven up the porch or doorstep and celebrate fall, one of the most colourful times of the gardening…

How to plant the perfect border – Gardenonaroll

  Perhaps that’s the reason for success of the shaker packs of colourful annuals we’ve seen in recent years.  You just sprinkle this mixture of seeds, fertiliser and some type of carrier onto your strip of ground: it grows, it flowers, it dies. No thought to all year round interest,…

Introducing the Gardening World Cup. Japan

Andy McIndoe:  ”Paul Hervey Brookes has just been to Japan to build a garden for the Gardening World Cup. Although I am very familiar with RHS Chelsea Flower Show and know about other shows in the UK and US I do not know much about the newer Gardening World Cup,…

The Gardener’s Garden: Exclusive Gardening Book Preview

Award winning landscape designer Dan Pearson, describes this new work as “The definitive guide to over 250 of the world’s most outstanding gardens”.  At MyGardenSchool we’re not in the habit of previewing books, but this new classic has been contributed to by some of the world’s gardening cogniscenti including MyGardenSchool tutors…

Wedding flowers – decorating the reception venue

Following my last post on floral decoration – ‘Decorating the Church’ I thought I would share my recent reception venue decoration design. This reception was in a wonderful converted barn complex used as a function venue. Oak beams, high ceilings, wooden floors and exposed brick are all features to take…

How to grow trilliums

Trilliums are some of the most beautiful and desirable hardy perennials. They are relatively easy to grow but can be slow to establish. They are woodland plants originating from North America and some from Asia. They dislike hot dry conditions, enjoy moisture but hate waterlogging and heavy clay soils. They…

A Plantsman’s Paradise – Dingle Nurseries

For most of us keen gardeners that work in the garden industry our ideal would be to have an indulgent plantsman’s garden and fantastic nursery alongside. One where we could offer an amazing range of plants – where visitors would find what they have been searching for, but never really…

Planning the shape of your lawn

Having said a little bit about lawn care in my last blog post I thought it would be useful to share my thoughts on the shape of the lawn and its design in relation to the garden. So often I see gardeners struggling with odd corners and difficult bed shapes…

Garden jobs for Fall/Autumn

There’s plenty to do in the garden as summer comes to a close and the leaves start to colour.  I love this time of the year: mellow light, the sweet smell of leaves as they start to fall, also the vibrant colours of late flowers such as asters, nerines and…