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Farnham’s Secret Victoria Garden

There’s something quite magical about a secret garden, writes Beth Otway. Did you know that Farnham has its own secret garden hidden away in the town centre? If you venture towards the back of Sainsbury’s car park in South Street, you’ll have the chance to discover the Victoria Garden for …

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National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million so far. They help garden owners open their beautiful gardens to the public, sharing their passion and raising impressive amounts of money through entry fees, teas and slices of …

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Silent Pool Garden by Neale Richards at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Ahead of Chelsea next week, we revisit this article we first published in March! VantagePoint’s gardening writer, Beth Otway interviews David Neale from Neale Richards Garden Design, a long-time advertiser in VantagePoint, about his garden for Silent Pool Distillery. Beth Otway: I’m so excited for you David!  When I last …

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Beware the perils of gardening!

By Mike Stockbridge of Elstead Chiropractic and Therapies Clinic Hard to believe, but every year, chiropractors, osteopaths and masseurs are inundated with victims of gardening injuries!  “As the weather begins to warm up and we head out into our gardens again, garden–related injuries are not uncommon but, as a multi-disciplined …

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Beth Otway’s Gardening Hints and Tips

I am so excited now that spring has arrived!  There a choice of so many lovely jobs that you could do over the month ahead to set you and your garden and allotment up for a successful year ahead. Prune Figs. The latex that figs readily emit when you prune …

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Happy New Houseplant by Beth Otway

Now that the Christmas decorations are long gone, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home. It’s …

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Gardening Gifts for Christmas by Beth Otway

I treasure the joy I experience when I find the perfect gift for a special person. I will share this joy with you by mentioning the best products that I have tried and tested this year, to help you find superb presents for your loved ones this Christmas. There are …

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Attention Gardeners and Garden Designers

Ian Coult tells us about Godalming In Bloom Each summer, the committee of Godalming in Bloom runs a friendly, light-hearted competition for those in Binscombe, Busbridge, Farncombe and Godalming who love gardening and are willing to show their pride and joy. Whether it is a small patio overflowing with plant …

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Extraordinary changes are underway at RHS Garden Wisley

For more than 200 years, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been the force behind the nation’s love of gardening, backed up by its core vision to ‘enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place’. A shining example of this is the charity’s …

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My favourite cut flowers… with Beth Otway

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite cut flowers; these beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers don’t require any cosseting. You can sow these flowers from seed this month directly where they are to flower, so there’s no messing about with potting seedlings on, and no need for a greenhouse …

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