Spectacular Giant Lily Blooms at the Himalayan Gardens

Alongside more than 80 contemporary sculptures, the Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park showcase nature’s own masterpieces. Now is the time to see the spectacular giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum), which is currently in full bloom. To celebrate being open and with this weekend being Father’s Day, the Gardens in Grewelthorpe near Ripon have partnered with Toast of Harrogate, so visitors…
‘Grow to give’ flower project

‘Grow to give’ flower project

A bestselling author who struggled with severe anxiety for more than 20 years is launching a national ‘let’s grow together’ campaign  Nicola Bird, 48, from Chobham, Surrey, believes The Floral Project (Thefloralproject.co.uk) will help parents encourage their children to spend less time on their devices and more time in the garden, planting and growing flowers. The aim is that the…
Snowdrop Festival brings first signs of Spring

Snowdrop Festival brings first signs of Spring

On a wintry day there is nothing better than visiting a garden teeming with one of the earliest flowering plants of the year The National Garden Scheme’s fourth annual Snowdrop Festival brings the first signs of Spring to everyone with over 92 snowdrop gardens open across England and Wales. Whether you enjoy carpets of naturalised white in woodlands, meticulously grown…

Plants and bees – a 100 million-year-old love affair…

All gardeners love and appreciate the flowers in their gardens… …but few realise that almost all plants, shrubs and trees, are entirely dependent on pollinating insects for their ability to reproduce and thrive. In fact, plants evolved flowers purely as a means of attracting pollinating insects, offering food for them in the form of carb-rich nectar for energy, and pollen…