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Gardens

Renowned for its snowdrops, there are other things stirring in the gardens at Benington Lordship. Philippa Pearson visits the new planting at the site on the remains of a Norman castle

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March 2017

Dreaming of a bumper veg plot this summer? Get planning and preparing now, says Judy Shardlow, Herts-based RHS award-winning garden designer and coach

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March 2017

Delphiniums look regal in any border. Philippa Pearson visits specialist nursery Home Farm Plants in Bovingdon to find out about growing these majestic perennials

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February 2017

Judy celebrates a compact maple with wow factor for the winter garden

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February 2017

Air plants, or Tillys, are quirky yet easy to grow. Philippa Pearson visits one of the country’s biggest specialists at an historic nursery in Willian

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January 2017

Add Oriental magic to your garden

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grasses make a beautiful feature in the garden all-year, says Judy Shardlow

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January 2017

Christmas gifts for gardeners

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

With the help of gardeners in Herts and beyond, Philippa Pearson sought out great gardening gifts for horticulturally-minded friends and family this Christmas

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December 2016

Nature’s stunning display of vibrant colour is upon us as trees change into their dazzling autumn mantle. Philippa Pearson discovers the best places in Hertfordshire to see autumn colour and top trees for your own garden

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Herts-based RHS award-winning garden designer and coach Judy Shardlow gives her horticultural advice for the month

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October gardening tips

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for the month of October

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Continuing the celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Liz Hamilton of the Herts Campaign to Protect Rural England explores his legacy at Ashridge

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After the highs of midsummer, borders still look stunning in September’s warmth. Philippa Pearson highlights the best late summer gardens and plants in Herts this month

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From deepest maroon to dazzling white, dahlias offer luxurious late summer colour. Philippa Pearson seeks out the best places in Hertfordshire to view dazzling displays

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Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for August

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When he retired, Peter Tomson rolled his sleeves up and really began to enjoy his Abbots Langley garden. Philippa Pearson visits Abbots House

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Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for July

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Back in the 90s, Ground Force taught us about water features, decking and replacing the lawn with flagstones and gravel. Things have moved on – now there are instant ways to create impact in the garden. It’s very much about feature pieces, says Andrew Bullock

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Gardening: A lifetime passion

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thundridge Hill House near Ware has borders full of colour and mature planting as well as far reaching views over Hertfordshire countryside, Philippa Pearson meets the couple whose decades of knowledge has created it

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The Gardening Coach

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for June

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The Gardening Coach

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for the month

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