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The Pleasure Garden review – bittersweet musical romance amid the roses

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It is 1850s south London and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is in its last decade of offering spectacular public entertainment, including concerts and circus acts. More adventurous types head for the secluded rose-stre...

Tell us: have you started a community garden?

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Community gardens, where volunteers gather to garden a private or public piece of land together, are becoming increasingly common in the UK. With this in mind, we would like to hear from those involved in these projec...

A garden snail: it knows the rose only by its smell and soft petals

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A garden snail is eating your roses. “Little snail / Dreaming you go / Weather and rose / Is all you know,” wrote Langston Hughes. It is night time, the snail’s time, after dew or rain – when the snail is happiest, be...

Chelsea flower show: a garden with a green message for the green-fingered

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A week before the opening of the UK’s most prestigious flower show, the site is full of JCBs and people in hi-vis vests with steel-capped boots. Some gardens still look like construction sites, including part of the R...

A stay in a cool cabin at the bottom of a Welsh garden – birdsong included

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Do you remember that scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which Richard Dreyfuss starts to model Devils Tower out of mashed potato? Well, something similar has taken place in real life in a hamlet in mid-Wal...

Summer is upon us, the world is opening up – get me to the beer garden

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The pub garden, or beer garden – that beverage befittingly muscling in and rowdily taking sole possession of the name – has come into its own during Covid. But I have always thought beer gardens the crowning glory of ...

Roses out, olives in: the new English garden in a time of climate crisis

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It has survived for 400 years – the oldest of Britain’s botanical gardens, a haven of medicinal plants and ancient trees enjoyed through the centuries by famous names such as JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Yet after t...

What defines a proper garden?

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One of the most common put-downs I hear in horticulture is that something isn’t a “proper garden”. As a botanist who studies our cultural relationship with plants, and a designer who has created gardens for the Chelse...

Why Apple’s walled garden is no match for Pegasus spyware

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You will, by now, have heard about Pegasus. It’s the brand name for a family of spyware tools sold by the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit of hackers-for-hire who sell their wares to intelligence agencies, law enforcement...

Brighton Comedy Garden review – David O’Doherty brings the fireworks

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Save for incapacitating injury or actual death, you don’t cancel a gig: that was always the showbiz rule. No longer. These days, a ping will do it. Nish Kumar was the scheduled headliner for this second night of the B...

‘I’ve seen a heron, deer, a hare …’ Guardian readers’ lockdown garden transformations

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With time on my hands over the last 14 months, and with a growing sense that we need to nurture and support the environment, we set about creating a more productive garden for wildlife. We dug a large wildlife pond, p...

Classic Italian dishes to enjoy in the garden on a sunny day

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This is food I’m going to eat in the garden as we’re still a long way from the beach and sandy sandwiches. These summer dishes are compensation to Tilly and me. The advantage of the garden is that we can lay a nice ta...

Fancy a backyard makeover? Better join the long queue for a garden designer

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In his mind’s eye, garden designer Andrew Duff can see it clearly: the orchard of apples, pears, cherries and quinces, the beautiful formal terrace, the meandering little paths that lead out into the bordering natural...

We were in a back garden not Baku, but when Wales scored it was still brilliant

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I must admit, it was weird. Watching the game at a house, in Cardiff. Usually if Wales play at home, I am there, standing where I always stand (Canton, Block 105). If the game is away, childcare permitting, I try to g...

New York’s Little Island includes a message about the Thames garden bridge

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Little Island, a garden built over the Hudson River, designed by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick and the landscape architect Signe Nielsen, has opened to some good reviews. “It’s a bewitching, and utterly New ...

Harry Kane and the beer garden that made England his No 1 priority

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Every football fan remembers their first major international tournament and normally as much for the atmosphere around the games, the noise and colour, where they watched them and with whom, as the finer details on th...

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