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Upcoming England-Wales-Ireland Tour

Next month, I will be leading two back-to-back garden tours to England, North Wales, Ireland and then to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Each day of these tours I will be posting stories and...

My 10 favourite trees

Styrax japonicus (Japanese snowbell tree) Looking for a superb, moderate-growing, small tree for your garden, you can do no better than to pick the graceful snowbell tree. This exceptionally handsome deciduous tree is an excellent...

My 10 favourite perennials

Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle) All the great cottage gardens of England have this old-fashioned favorite. It is loved for the way it displays raindrops like diamonds on its rough, hairy leaves. It is also...

Time to love those cherry blossoms

It's time to stop and notice the cherry blossoms. That's the message the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is trying to get across this month. The month-long festival started March 30 and run to the end...

10 favourite shrubs

Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’ (butterfly bush) Walk into any garden and most of the plants you see come from other parts of the world. Buddleia, the butterfly bush, originates from the Sichuan and Hubei areas...

My garden tours are a big hit

Over the past eight years, I have led 20 garden tours around the world. My first tour was a cruise around Italy and to Croatia, starting in Rome and visiting Florence and Sicily and...

Golden memories of great Welsh garden Powis Castle

In May, I will be taking a group to North Wales to see some of the loveliest gardens there. One of them is Powis Castle garden, just outside Welshpool. I have been there twice before. The...

Hedges damaged by heavy snows get the chop

We knew this would be the outcome. The heavy snow of winter crushed many plants, especially hedges throughout Metro Vancouver. We could see the damage right away. The snow came so fast overnight and...
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Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Chelsea Flower Show, the classiest garden show in the world, will be held this year from May 23-27 on the famous Chelsea Hospital site next to the River Thames in London. You can find out...

Longwood introduces another winning clivia

Longwood Gardens, the magnificent 1,077-acre garden estate built by Pierre du Pont, is a wonderful place to visit any time of year. When I visited in March, the conservatory contained thrilling displays of orchids, echium,...

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