April 21 2014 Latest news:
Steven Russell gets a few stories and tips from three women who help make the Boxford open gardens day happen – including the owner of the ‘Plonk It Garden’.
Varieties of daffodils at Helmingham are abundant and the moat banks are transformed to a sea of yellow and whites at this time of year. Narcissus ‘Spellbinder’ and ‘Ice Follies’ are in the walled garden where a limited plant palette is preferable. We time the daffodils in the new Woodland Garden having Spellbinder early and Narcissus poeticus for late flowering when the gardens open in early May. We are also having a special spring preview afternoon on Sunday, April 13 where more of the earlier spring delights may be able to be caught despite this unseasonably mild weather speeding things up!
As Fullers Mill Gardens in West Stow prepares to open to the public for the 2014 season, James Marston meets the man behind the creation of a gardening masterpiece
The lipstick marks have to be regularly wiped off his Madame Tussaud’s waxwork, evidence if any were needed that Alan Titchmarch is the heartthrob of the herbacious borders. Lynne Mortimer spoke to the TV presenter and gardener ahead of his book signing in Ipswich.
Lucy Redman, who lives near Bury St Edmunds, doesn’t do life by halves. As a maximalist (the opposite of a minimalist) she reckons gardens should be fun, relaxing and original. She tells Steven Russell what she likes… and how Chelsea has lost its mojo
Did you know that the potato was introduced to England by Sir Walter Raleigh? These were just some of the potato-related facts that children learnt about at a morning of workshops in Ipswich.
A grandmother who won an Archant competition said her prize has taken centre place in her garden and become home tweet home for birds.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a garden to be proud of. Steven Russell has a tour of Janet Oakley’s quarter-acre, which she looks after mostly by herself – with a little help from Oscar