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The search for contentment by Ben Fogle

Author and presenter Ben Fogle looks at how people have discovered and protected their inner peace b...

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Celebrating the beauty of winter light

Finding the joy in winter’s light, come crystal clear sun or moodily overcast skies....

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Nature’s palette

Michelle Ogundehin on why ‘natural’ colours appeal so much....

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What to plant in autumn

Autumn in the garden is a season of two halves: on the one hand, there are lots of plants that look ...

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Greenhouses, orangeries and conservatories, a short history

What is the difference between an orangery, a greenhouse and a conservatory? Like many ‘back of hous...

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The multisensory garden

In our final journal together, author Jane Cumberbatch tells us how her garden is a space for all th...

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The Shaker garden

Growing a garden full of beauty, usefulness and order, inspired by the Shakers...

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Wild about the garden

Author and designer, Jane Cumberbatch, is back to speak on the beauty of wild gardens...

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A homegrown, homemade pesto for summer

Sometimes the best food is the simplest, as Jane Cumberbatch proves with this summery recipe....

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The flower, herb and vegetable patch

Author and stylist Jane Cumberbatch on creating a productive and beautiful garden....

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Lakes for swimming

Our favourite spots for taking a dip in cool waters....

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The sustainable garden

Author and designer Jane Cumberbatch on creating a beautiful and sustainable garden....

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Growing a garden for scent

Think of your outside spaces and the chances are you’re remembering how they look, rather than the s...

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Taking mirrors al fresco

Arabella St John Parker, freelance gardens editor, shares her home-grown ideas for all the different...

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Garden hosting: tips from a stylist

Entertaining in your garden doesn’t always need to be a case of sun’s out, barbecue’s on. Neither do...

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A shed of one's own

Author and stylist Clare Nolan explains why a shed at the end of the garden is every grown up’s drea...

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Behind the walls of Houghton Lodge

Back in early spring 2020, just before we all found ourselves spending a lot more time at home, Kat...

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The fifth room: how to make your garden work harder

You hear it every year: bring the outside in, and vice versa. These are the golden rules of linking ...

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The garden furniture guide

Choosing furniture for your home, whether it’ll live inside or out, is a balance between what looks ...

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How to make a spring bulb arrangement

Cut flowers are stunning (we’ll always have a place in our home for our life-like ones) and house pl...

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March’s flower

For many of us, daffodils mark the beginning of spring. While snowdrops and crocuses may be the firs...

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A celebration of spring in nature

Spring. Is any season so welcome, so wanted? While autumn brings relief after the heat of summer, th...

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In praise of green spaces by Elizabeth Metcalfe

‘I am extremely happy walking on the downs...I like to have space to spread my mind out in.’...

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The gift of flowers

This year, a present in the post is a much more likely turn of events, and what’s more of a welcome ...

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Flower pressing creations

In our last journal post – ‘Autumnal flower pressing’ – Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and ...

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Autumnal flower pressing

Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and Press, gives us a step-by-step guide on flower pressing ...

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A late autumn walk

Our suggestions for discovering your local patch this month by getting out for a walk – including tr...

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For the love of the humble bee

Over the summer, while our roads and streets fell silent, it wasn’t only the birds whose presence be...

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Outdoor dining: your FAQs answered

No sooner does the thermostat climb into the mid-twenties than we’ll all be found rushing outside to...

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The Great British Garden Show

Extraordinary situations can sometimes spark extraordinary ideas, and the current lockdown is no exc...

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How to grow plants from seed

No matter how many years you’ve been gardening, the novelty of growing plants from seed never seems ...

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Wildflower pressing, with a twist

You may have seen our Easter tablescape, where we’ve taken a simpler approach to styling the table t...

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A homemade seed packet how-to

Small and unassuming but containing the most exciting cargo, there’s something special about seed pa...

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Book club: The Pauper’s Homemaking Book by Jocasta Innes

Long before the concepts of sustainable design and upcycling became part of our everyday, writer and...

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How to start a kitchen garden

There’s a point in summer when buying a bag of over-priced, bland supermarket salad wrapped in plast...

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Five of the best bracing British winter walks

There’s nothing quite like bundling everybody up, embracing the elements and stepping out into the b...

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Winter beaches

We say beach, you think summer. Correct? That’s usually the way it goes. Bank holidays spent picnick...

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Summer flowers, styled and potted by Hannah Redman

In our ninth volume of Stories, Stories for summer, our resident floral expert, Hannah Redman, fresh...

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Getting creative with tester paint pots

Have you ever ordered a tester pot (or two, or ten) to help you decide what colour to pick for your ...

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Three garden layouts with our designer, Fred

Is your garden a modest courtyard patch or something more sprawling? Either way, it deserves to be t...