Gardening with Alan Gray and Will Giles


Lakenheath: New flower beds created at RSPB Lakenheath Fen ready for summer season

A popular west Suffolk nature reserve has been given a boost in time for the summer after being handed a £55,000 grant for new flower beds.

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Maggie Thorpe.

Boxford: Suffolk village prepares for 17th open gardens day on June 1

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’.

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Lady Tollemache

Helmingham Hall: What’s going on in the gardens this spring? Lady Tollemache reveals all

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!

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Fullers Mill Gardens in West Stow. Bernard Tickner in his garden talking to James Marston.

Gallery: Fullers Mill Garden is a labour of love for Bernard Tickner

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

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Alan in action on The Alan Titchmarsh show

Ipswich: Alan Titchmarsh - the hearthrob of the herbacious broder - to sign copies of his new book Bring Me Home at Waitrose/John Lewis on Friday, March 28

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.

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A picture from the past shows Flori and Tilly Watts having fun at The 
Lucy Redman Garden in Suffolk. Photograph: Marcus Harpur

Bury St Edmunds: Lucy’s labour of love

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

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Pupils from Charsfield, Sproughton and Birchwood schools take part in national grow you own potatoes day at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Video/Gallery: School children get an education in potatoes at Trinity Park Potato Day

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.

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Julie Chapman receives her bird box prize from Dennis Humphrey (right) and Eric Simonds of 'Out of Our Tree' at her home in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds: Julie Chapman’s unique garden prize is strictly for the birds

A grandmother who won an Archant competition said her prize has taken centre place in her garden and become home tweet home for birds.

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Janet Oakley in her garden at Billingford. Picture: Denise Bradley

Gallery: Janet Oakley proudly descirbes her garden as one ‘you can get lost in’

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

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