As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.
The Royal Horticultural Society launched National Gardening Week four years ago. This year during 13 – 19 April 2015, people, gardens, charities, retailers and other organisations are again getting involved and Nathan James Dodd explains how you can too.
During this celebration of gardening various events are taking place throughout the country. There's something to interest everyone including diverse activities such as beginner's workshops, walks and garden parties.
Exbury Gardens in Hampshire are holding an exhibition of paintings and sculptures with a natural world theme, there's a daffodil trail at Arlington Court in Devon, and James Wong is talking about his new book at Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford.
It's great that anyone can get involved, perhaps throwing a garden party or tidying up your street. It doesn't matter how large or small the event is, just as long as you register it with the RHS.
There's plenty of other things you can do by yourself or with your family. Have a look at the list of ideas on the National Gardening Week website. This could result in you planting a green roof, starting an allotment, establishing a pond, building a bee hotel or a compost cafe.
Everything you do will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and there's also lots of prizes.
If your keen on looking around gardens, keep 17 April free. This is National Open Gardens Day, that celebrates everything that is good about our gardens. To encourage everyone to visit one, the gardens are encouraged to offer free access.
The RHS has decided to open up its four gardens in Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire. If you enjoy visiting any of the gardens, you be encourage to visit other and make gardens and gardening a big part of your life.
For more information visit: www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.