Come behind the scenes with Editor Chris Young as we meet the people behind the stories and articles featured in the UK's biggest gardening magazine, The Garden.

Each month we'll be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world.
 

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Albizzia julibrissinOctober 2018 - wildlife at Great Dixter; choosing and planting summer-flowering trees

Chris Young talks to Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, about the incredible diversity of life that calls this world-famous garden home. The garden, created by the late plantsman and writer Christopher Lloyd (known affectionately as 'Christo') is well known as a treasure-trove of plants, but it has only recently become apparent that it's also fantastically rich in biodiversity.

Meanwhile at Wisley, horticulturist and garden manager Emma Allen shares her favourite summer-flowering trees and offers advice on how to plant them now that the main tree planting season is fast approaching.

Great DixterPlants for Bugs research  ► The Garden magazine  ►more RHS advice on planting trees  ►Flowering trees for small gardens
 


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Don't risk it! Biosecurity at the border. Raymond Blanc takes a trip down memory lane (July 2018)

Have you ever thought about bringing a favourite plant back with you from holiday as a souvenir? In this episode we speak to Nicola Spence from Defra about the Don't Risk It campaign, which aims to educate people about the enormous risks involved in importing new pests and diseases into the UK from popular holiday destinations such as France, Spain and Italy. We also speak to Michelin-starred chef and garden lover Raymond Blanc about his upbringing and the roots of his obession with growing food.


Useful linksNew pest and disease risksRHS Rosemoor Garden Flower ShowRHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show ► See Raymond's feature garden at the 2018 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


 

Clematis companions and Chelsea's 'underwater' garden (June 2018)

The Gardening Advice team gather once more to discuss a tricky conundrum - what to plant with Clematis armandii to extend the flowering season. Plus we go behind the scenes during the buildup to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to discover the secrets behind the Pearlfisher garden.

Useful links  ►RHS find a plant  ►Clematis viticella Clematis texensis  ►Clematis 'Princess Diana'  Annual climbers  ►RHS Annual General Meeting  ►RHS Flower Shows  ►Pearlfisher garden at Chelsea 2018


Dear Mrs Chatto (May 2018)

One of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century, Beth Chatto, recently died at the age of 94. Beth was admired and loved by family, friends and gardeners around the world. One of those friends was another legendary plantsman, Roy Lancaster. He visited the garden in Essex she created with her late husband, Andrew, to discuss the development of what she described as a "horticultural and ecological experiment". Hear Beth and Roy in an interview which was to become an article, Dear Mrs Chatto, in the January 2010 issue of The Garden magazine.

Useful links  ►Obituary - Beth Chatto, OBE, VMH Dear Mrs Chatto (450kB pdf) ►The Garden magazine ►The Dry Garden - RHS books  ►Visit The Beth Chatto Gardens  Gardening Scotland  ►RHS Shows

► Submit questions for our live Q&A session at Chatsworth using the hashtag #rhschatsworth on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter



Plastic not fantastic, how to deal with carrot fly and growing the perfect streptocarpus (April 2018)

The Gardening Advice team gather to debate how best to reduce plastic use in the garden and what can be done to prevent carrot fly from ruining your crops. Plus we talk to multiple Gold medal winners and RHS Master Growers Dibleys Nurseries to find out all about one of their specialities - the beguilingly colourful house plant streptocarpus or Cape primrose.
 

Useful links  ►RHS statement on plastic use  ►Carrot fly  ►RHS Master Grower: Dibleys Nurseries  ►Streptocarpus


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