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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

Plants for new gardens

It’s a common conundrum - where on earth to start in a new garden. It’s exactly this problem that I’m facing, two months after moving into a house with just a bare patch of gravel [...]

Going Batty!

Confession time. I’m a bit batty. Take that as you will but I’m talking a deep admiration for small furry flying mammals, the mere thought of which makes some people want to scream[...]


‘In this part of Tuscany we have roughly the same amount of rainfall as London’, they said, to my total disbelief. I was a 20 year old horticulture student and I’d just arrived, pa[...]

Here be giants

Late this summer, I discreetly grew a small grove of giant triffids on the allotment. Until about the end of July they blended seamlessly into their surroundings; innocent-look[...]

The Underground Rainbow

The people have spoken! The votes have been counted for Bakker Spalding’s online poll on which varieties should be included in their new, exclusive rainbow bulb collection. Thousan[...]

Grow your own Valentine

Thrifty lovers and gardeners who like a bit of a bargain, read on. Now’s the time to get inventive for some low-cost yet surprisingly elegant presents next year.  “Here’s someth[...]