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Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey, England, UK


Introduction to the Victorian Flower Garden
'The elder brethren of our profession, who can look back, for instance, to the introduction of the Dahlia, give us but a poor idea of flower-gardening as it was practised in the first decades of the century.'

Gardening for Stress
In its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life.

Safe Gardening
Bad backs and accidents can spoil the pleasure of gardening. Taking an ergonomic approach to gardening can help ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable hobby.

A View From the Far North
The daylight is long and powerful in mid-summer and plants grow at an astonishing rate.


Saving Seeds
With proper storage, gardeners can save seeds for next year

Reading Seed Packets
Reading fine print on seed packages is good gardening advice

Damping Off
Damping off is the single term used to describe underground, soil line, or crown rots of seedlings due to unknown causes.

How to Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed
Most Japanese Maple seeds ripen in the fall. Watch the tree and wait for the seeds to turn brown.

Pest Control

Indoor Pests
It is virtually impossible to keep your indoor garden - conservatory, greenhouse, window sill or potted plants - entirely free from pests. The goal should be to keep the level of infestation down as much as possible.

Dealing with Slugs and Snails
If you have a garden, you are guaranteed to have slugs and snails.

Growing Plants

Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes
What are bulbs and how do you distinguish them from corms, tubers and rhizomes?

Smart Bulbs
How deep should bulbs be planted? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science it may not matter because bulbs can move themselves deeper into the ground, seemingly in search of better, moister growing conditions.

Trial points to the value of prunings as a source of new plants.

Home-grown, vine-ripened are among the garden's supreme treats- sweet, succulent, and bursting with flavour

Planting Flower Baskets in summer and winter
For those who live in flats or detached homes, hanging baskets, flower pouches and planters are a great way to utilise the space in small gardens and spread greenery over places that might otherwise look quite dull.

Ferns: Popular Victorian Plants
Ferns were hugely popular in Victorian times. This is how their care and propagation were described.

Acorn Trees: Victorian Parlour Ornaments
Very pretty ornaments for the Victorian parlour were produced by setting acorns to germinate in hyacinth glasses

Victorian Plants for Summer Grouping

Victorian Pear Tree Cultivation

Tips on Growing Tomatoes
Here are some tips on how to grow your own bountiful crop of tomatoes.

Grow the BEST Tasting Tomatoes
Tomatoes are the most popular home garden vegetable grown for good reason.

Water Features

Water Features in the Garden
A water feature can enliven a garden, providing a focus for a sitting or planting area.

How to Select the Proper Pond Pump
Pumps are available in both submersible and external (out-of-pond) models.

Garden Features

Wooden Log Cabins
The advantage of a log cabin is that it can be warm and cosy throughout much of the year, giving you that alternative space and 'get away' feeling in which to work, read or simply enjoy the garden.

Effective Gardening

Square Foot Gardening
In his bestselling Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew advocates limiting the amount of space - and therefore time - devoted to 'each vegetable, chore, and step in the garden'.

Garden History

Gertrude Jekyll and Gardening
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) aimed for 'beautiful effect' and had a lasting effect on gardening.

The lost garden at Campsea Ashe

The lost garden at Campsea Ashe
The garden featured long stretches of water, avenues of elms, limes and horse chestnuts, cedar trees, an elliptical bowling green and the Great Hedge. This yew hedge was over 600 metres long, 3 metres thick and 2-8 metres high.

Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction?
Are they fruit or vegetables? Tomatoes are popular today but their introduction was slow.

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
By the early 1900s the gardens were hoplessly overgrown and a massive clearance was required. Yew trees and herbaceous borders were planted and the ivy stripped from the balustrades to be replaced by climbing roses.

The Victorian Gardener
'A man cannot be a good gardener unless he be thoughtful, steady, and industrious; possessing a superior degree of sobriety and moral excellence, as well as genius, and knowledge adapted to his business.'

Victorian Gardening
'As every person who is his own gardener is naturally anxious that the care and attention he bestows on his little plot of ground should be crowned with success, and that it should at all times present that appearance of neatness and order so pleasing to the eye, attention to the following general directions will go far to secure these advantages.'

How to Make a Compost Heap
From 'Manure from Garden Rubbish' - a World War II Dig for Victory Leaflet

Dig for Victory


'How to' for Lawns - Mowing
How often you mow your lawn will depend on a number of factors.

Lawn Care Tips
A beautiful lawn does not come without some effort

Organic Gardening

What is 'Organic' Gardening?
Organic gardening is fashionable and many people try to garden without using chemical pesticides and fertilisers. But what exactly is 'organic gardening'? And what are the principles of organic gardening?

Organic Fertilisers
Vegetarian Society approves range of organic fertilisers

Plant Problems

Menace of Norway Maples
They breed like rabbits and grow like weeds - and they can be very hard to kill. makes minimal use of cookies, including some placed to facilitate features such as Google Search. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Learn more here

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