With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.
With the national collection of Japanese cherries, blossom time at Batsford is spectacular, also notable are the magnolias and acers in this lovely Cotswolds setting.
Although maganificent throughout the year, there are a series of walks through this 55 acre garden to admire narcissi, primroses, rhododendrons, wisteria and peonies.
A celebrated garden, transport yourself to the Himalayas by walking through the rhododendron covered valley, and in May the laburnum arch is in full bloom.
The rhododendron woodland garden at Bowood House is one of the best in Britain. There are also magnolias, camellias, azaleas and many other spring flowering shrubs.
World renowned for its rhododendrons and rare plants including the blue Himalayan poppy, the rock garden has a wonderful display of alpine primulas, gentians and saxifrages.
Beautiful 140 acre coastal location that owes much to Victorian plant hunters who established the garden's unique collection of camellias and over 600 species of magnolia.
A woodland garden above the River Dart that's at its most impressive between February and May when full of spring bulbs, camelias in the walled garden, and rhododendrons.
Daffodils, hyacinths, camelias and maganolias in abundance with other rare and unusual species. Go on a guided bluebell walk, and admire the spectacular cherry tree blossom.
Woodland rhododendrons and azaleas are best in May together with masses of bluebells, there's also ancient magnolias, camelias, daffodils and primroses earlier in the spring.
A visit to Rowallane will be rewarded with superb magnolias, daphnes and azaleas; snowdrops are followed by bluebells in the woodland; and the rhododendrons are particularly admired.
Lakeland daffodils cover the wildflower bank, cherry blossom flourishes in the Small Orchard and the superb rock garden is full of colour and interest with dwarf daffodils and Muscari.
The restored formal gardens cover 40 acres and spring is definitely the best time to see a marvellous display of colour from camelias, rhododendrons, magnolias and azeleas.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.