Chelsea 2019 – tackling global warming; changing the ending.

Chelsea 2019 is confident. Climate change and the positive power of plants are key themes We can’t go back and change the causes… But horticulturists can change the ending… A new more confident Chelsea is debating, discussing and demonstrating how horticulturists can tackle climate change, and create better lives for people living with depression and…

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

Stillingfleet Lodge is a special place. The result of 40 years of sheer hard work and determination, owner and horticulturist Vanessa Cook has crammed her garden with rare and unusual plants. Featuring such planty delights as a woodland walk, wildflower meadow, an avenue of trees and an orchard, (which along with the shelter belt was…

Hello Battery – Goodbye Petrol…

Working as a professional horticulturist involves many skills, managing risk is just one of them. I have always been uneasy about having staff (and others) breathing in the fumes from 2 and 4 stroke engines. Even well maintained machines give off harmful fumes, which are incompatible with creating a healthy outdoor workplace. This has led…

Spear & Jackson Kew Gloves on test

These are a competitively priced gardening glove, selling for around £12. The backs are made of an elasticated spandex fabric, which gives a comfortable, tight fit, but which offers little protection from thorns, or even slight prickles. The leather is thin, which has the advantage of allowing more intricate gardening tasks to be undertaken, but…