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Third species of giant waterlily discovered at Kew Gardens

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A giant waterlily grown at Kew Gardens has been named as new to science, in the first discovery of its type in more than a century. Scientists at the south-west London garden suspected for decades there could be a thi...

Shady characters to light up your garden’s darker corners

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There’s a whole suite of perennials in sunset shades that are perfect for darker corners. They will thrive in dappled shade, and with a sunny exuberance you might not expect in such areas. This is not the restrained, ...

Annual bird count in UK gardens raises hopes for greenfinch

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Greenfinch populations, which were previously in steep decline in the UK, are showing the first signs of recovery, according to the latest annual RSPB big garden birdwatch results. The citizen science survey gives a g...

‘I grew yam on my veranda’: inside London’s little-known Windrush gardens

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From yams to chocho to ackee, a new exhibition is shining a light on south London’s Caribbean gardens, created by the Windrush generation who moved to Britain after the second world war. The Sowing Roots exhibition at...

Early bloomers: 10 of the best UK gardens for late winter and early spring

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The chateau-style manor house is closed until spring, but the Victorian gardens are open every day with their aviary, grotto and outdoor cafes. Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild created the gardens when he began building ...

Five inspiring books about gardens

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Written by the “plantfluencer” and rosy-cheeked protégé of Sarah Raven, this book is a playful invitation to garden on a truly small scale. “It is a calling out against what is small-garden dysmorphia, where gardens ...

‘Revolutionary in a quiet way’: the rise of community gardens in the UK

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“The first melon of the season always tastes amazing,” says Lucy Mitchell. “I don’t think anyone has ever taken one home – every year, we just cut them into as many slices as there are people in the garden and make su...

Think palms won’t grow in Britain? Think again

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You know when someone says something so silly that it sticks with you for years? It’s the small, nonsensical statements that somehow get lodged in your memory, or at least mine. I once heard an architect slate a horti...

Biodiversity bonanza! Why it is time to let weeds go wild in our gardens

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Name: Weed gardens. Age: Possibly older than actual gardens. Appearance: Beautiful. Weeds are not beautiful. Yes they are. Green spaces are beautiful. Weeds are green. Ergo, weeds are beautiful. Sure. Try telling tha...

‘The climate crisis is the test of our times’: John Kerry speaks at Kew Gardens – video

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The US climate envoy, appointed by Joe Biden to spearhead the country’s international efforts to tackle the climate emergency, urged all large economies to come forward with new plans to cut emissions before the Cop26...

Police seek Sunderland prankster who steals lambs and leaves them in gardens

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Police in Sunderland are looking for a prankster who has been stealing new-born lambs and leaving them in suburban gardens. Residents have emerged from their homes three times in the last fortnight to find a lamb aban...

Home working drives demand for ‘shoffice’ space in UK gardens

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Cropping up at the bottom of gardens up and down the UK is the latest trend among the country’s home workers – the “shoffice”, an office in a shed. After more than a year working from kitchen tables, sofas or spare be...

The Guardian view on botanical gardens: inextricably linked to empire

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For those fortunate enough to live within reach of one of them, the UK’s botanical gardens have provided a remarkable escape from the travails of the pandemic. From Belfast’s Botanic Gardens to the Royal Botanic Garde...

10 of the best UK pub gardens reopening soon: readers’ tips

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There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on the decked outdoor area of the Princess of Wales. Narrowboats on the River Lea are virtually within touching distance, while towpath joggers, cyclists and walke...

Kew Gardens director hits back at claims it is ‘growing woke’

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The head of one of Britain’s largest botanic gardens has hit back at claims that the publicly funded institution is “growing woke”, saying it could no longer stay silent on Britain’s colonial exploitative history and ...