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New RHS gardens in the making; gardening health and safety; joyful garden memories (Ep 161: 15 August 2019)

This week we discover two fantastic new gardens - RHS Bridgewater near Manchester, which is gearing up to open its doors in 2020; and the Cool Garden which is already becoming a horticultural highlight at RHS Rosemoor in Devon. As peak hedge-cutting season approaches, hand surgeon Professor Grey Giddins gives some timely advice on gardening health and safety. Plus joyful garden memories from Chelsea designers Andy Sturgeon and Taina Suonio.

Useful links RHS Garden BridgewaterHealth and safety in the garden  ►Taina Suonio's 2019 Chelsea garden  ►Andy Sturgeon's 2019 Chelsea gardenFind an RHS event near you 

This week we're at RHS Wisley where we meet garden managers Peter Jones and Emma Allen who share seasonal horticultural highlights and tips on what to do now. The Gardening Advice team deal with a bulging post bag of queries on a range of topics including lining hanging baskets, feeding tomatoes, summer lawn care, growing plants in pots and more. Plus we have joyful garden memories from designers Sarah Eberle and Chris Beardshaw.

Drought-tolerant hanging basket plants: Pelargonium, Scaevola, Glandularia (verbena), Helichrysum petiolareDichondra 'Silver Falls', Delosperma

Useful linksSeasonal highlights at Wisley  ►Search RHS gardening adviceWalkies at Wisley  ►RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower ShowFind an RHS event near you  ►RHS members online advice service

Phytosanctuary gardenRHS Flower Show Tatton Park (Ep 159: 18 July 2019)

At the last major RHS flower show of the year we're talking bugs, slugs and lawns and visiting the show's Bridgewater garden, which is inspired by the new RHS site that will open in Salford next year. Plus we meet the winner of the Young Designer competition, whose garden aims to raise awareness of some important plant health issues that gardeners need to be aware of this summer.

Useful linksVisit RHS Flower Show Tatton ParkBuy tickets  ►Young Designers  ►Protect your garden from new pests and diseases Spittlebug (cuckoo spit) survey  ►What is the plant disease Xylella? ►Find an RHS event near you

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (Ep 158: 4 July 2019)

This week we're going back to nature at the world's biggest annual flower show. Designer Jo Thompson explains how she's gone wild with the BBC Springwatch Garden, Dave Green shares his meditative spaces in the Stop and Pause Garden and Matthew Childs contemplates new approaches to energy use in the Smart Meter Garden.

Plus we visit the RHS Back to Nature Garden (co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Andrée Davies and Adam White), discover a drought-tolerant garden in memory of horticultural hero Beth Chatto, meet community allotmenteers and hear a surprising botanical cocktail recipe from food writer Mark Diacono.

Useful links  ►Find out more about the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival  ►Buy tickets to the show   ►Duchess of Cambridge activity cardsShedx - Growing Ideas 

Discovering hidden horticulturists, meeting the people in purple and fabulous floral art (Ep 157: 20 June 2019)

This week we uncover untold histories of 19th-century gardeners with Fiona Davison, author and Head of Libraries and Collections at the RHS. Then we head out into the Chelsea crowds to meet Sue and Steve Hall who are part of our purple-clad cadre of volunteers; un-sung modern day gardening heroes who help run the RHS Flower Shows – they share what volunteering means to them. Plus a look at the incredible floral art from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) as the organisation celebrates its 70th year.

Useful links  ►Buy Fiona Davison's book - The Hidden Horticulturists  ►Volunteer with us  ►NAFAS Floral Art Competition at the Hyde Hall Flower Show  ►Chelsea Flower Show 2019 in pictures  ►Find an RHS event near you  ►Buy tickets to Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

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