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Seed saving: an introduction

Pea seed is a great place to start for gardeners new to seed saving. Photograph: Kim Stoddart I’ve learned a huge amount in the time I’ve been learning to do without the garden centre but by far the biggest revelation has been the saving of seed. Once I’d cut through all the technical jargon and dismissed the naysayers, I was amazed at how straightforward most of it actually is. But.. Read More

Waddesdon Manor gardens lit up by artist’s midwinter trail of light

One of Bruce Munro’s light installations at Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury. Photograph: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Waddesdon Manor At dusk each evening until 4 January, the acres of dark gardens at Waddesdon Manor, the palatial Rothschild house in Buckinghamshire, will start to glow with eerie light from sculptural installations created by the artist Bruce Munro. He is returning for the third year to create a midwinter trail of light.. Read More

Early bird’s-eye painting of British garden expected to sell for £600,000

A detail from View of Llanerch Park, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The earliest known bird’s-eye painting of a British garden is expected to fetch up to £600,000 when goes for auction next month. The painting of a lost Welsh garden has remained in the same family since the owner commissioned the artwork in 1665 of his fountains, pools, waterfall, avenues, statues, terraced lawns and walled fruit.. Read More

Gardens: why we need to protect Kazakhstan’s wild apples

Wheat fields, planted apple orchards and mixed fruit forests in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Ben Reade Apples tumble all over the earth, and I slide with them into a huge old tree, a gentle shower of new fruit fall. I lie back into this soft, dark earth and smell the heady scent of ripening fruit. This Eden is on the side of a mountain in Kazakhstan, where apples originally came from. I’ve.. Read More

Gardens: balancing act | Dan Pearson

Autumn gold: beech hedge. Photograph: Alex Ramsay/Alamy The crossover between autumn and winter is a fine time to take stock of the garden. You can see the forms of the trees and shrubs coming through again and though the perennials are all but spent, they remind you of what has been and gone. Beth Chatto once said to me that an old garden is much harder to look after than.. Read More

Alys Fowler: myrtle

‘Myrtle is an upright bush when young, but arches with age.’ Photograph: Neil Holmes/Getty I think I’ve found paradise, or at least my version of it. It’s an island big enough to explore, small enough to one day truly know. It has its own drying bean, heady local wine and a town called “Good bread”, where they sell just that. The whole island may one day blow up and disappear.. Read More

How does your garden grow? Peter Emerson, Belfast

‘I only grow things you can eat. There aren’t many pretty things here.’ Photograph: Rob Durston for the Guardian I was a submariner in my youth, and submariners are not good gardeners by instinct – we could grow mushrooms, maybe. Gardening came about by necessity. I was a community worker on the peace line in Belfast in the 1970s. The peace line is a misnomer: it’s the interface between the.. Read More

Waddesdon Manor gardens lit up by artists midwinter trail of light

One of Bruce Munro’s light installations at Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury. Photograph: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Waddesdon Manor At dusk each evening until 4 January, the acres of dark gardens at Waddesdon Manor, the palatial Rothschild house in Buckinghamshire, will start to glow with eerie light from sculptural installations created by the artist Bruce Munro. He is returning for the third year to create a midwinter trail of light.. Read More

Australian gardens in bloom: share your photos

A friends garden at Coongulla in Gippsland is just a delight. Photograph: heyfieldwares/GuardianWitness Thanks to the lovely photo heyfieldwares sent in of a a friend’s garden in Coongulla, Gippsland in Victoria, we would love to see your pictures of the most stunning Australian gardens you have discovered. Whether you have seen a beautiful garden on your travels, or if you are a keen gardener yourself and proud of what grows.. Read More

Early birds-eye painting of British garden expected to sell for £600,000

A detail from View of Llanerch Park, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The earliest known bird’s-eye painting of a British garden is expected to fetch up to £600,000 when goes for auction next month. The painting of a lost Welsh garden has remained in the same family since the owner commissioned the artwork in 1665 of his fountains, pools, waterfall, avenues, statues, terraced lawns and walled fruit.. Read More