In addition to the well-known association of kissing under a sprig of mistletoe at Christmas, the plant has also been associated over the years with healing powers and fertility as well as a sign of peace and good luck. Mistletoe has come to have s more

5 Dec 2017 14:33 History

Colourful houseplants give our spirits a real boost through the winter and make wonderful Christmas gifts too. But our homes can be hostile places for plants, so some thought to their care will ensure they make it past Twelfth Night. Vivid festive-re more

5 Dec 2017 14:03 Gardening

Anyone who has never grown bamboo before probably conjures up an image of a plant that is invasive and will run riot in the garden. However, not all bamboo are large rampant space invaders. While more invasive running bamboos which originate f more


RHS Garden Rosemoor, in Great Torrington, is once again looking for 10 keen gardeners to take part in its informative and practical allotment course in 2018. Starting in February, the successful candidates will receive expert RHS tuition, have their more

16 Oct 2017 14:48 Gardening

As another challenging growing season draws to a close, step back and take a hard look at the garden… Autumn is a good time to assess what’s worked well – and what hasn’t – in order to plan any changes over the coming months. These could be small on more

16 Oct 2017 14:46 Gardening

The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum has released a new 'drone' video of the gardens in autumn, watch it here more


RHS Garden Rosemoor, in Great Torrington, is once again looking for 10 keen gardeners to take part in their informative and practical allotment course in 2018. Starting in February, the successful candidates will receive expert RHS tuition, have... more


Tim Penrose gives us some tips for early summer colour, jobs to be getting on with in the garden and how to deal with those pests... Hanging baskets can start to be hung out late May/June to brighten up a doorway, wall or patio and more


The ‘courgette crisis’ that hit the news a few weeks back is a timely nudge for all of us to have a go at growing our own. Even with just a pot-full or two of fresh leafy salad right outside the back door, you’re a bit less at the mercy of vegetable more


Getting outdoors and active in the garden brings with it a multitude of benefits – not only to the garden! Gardens offer the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and active: at home, by renting an allotment, or by becoming involved as a volun more


Devon residents can win a composting bin if they pledge online to recycle their kitchen and garden waste. One hundred composting bins and other prizes, including a wormery, a food waste gadget kit and a gardening hamper can be won in the draw which more

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As the autumn half term holiday approached, we were delighted to discover that our drive towards raising the profile of growing, cooking and eating healthily had been rewarded. We had been successful in our application for our Silver Food for... more


I love the winter, with Christmas and the New Year approaching I can confidently feel that all the mistakes and errors of the previous year can be closed off and here we are ready to run again – that counts for business, personal lives and also garde more


Tim Penrose – owner of Bowdens – a family run nursery business at Sticklepath which now incorporates award winning hostas, ferns and bamboos decides to really go for it, stir up something at Chelsea Flower Show and make rather a splash. more

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Backlit Acer palmatum Autumn

John Richmond

We couldn't resist showing you the fabulous Autumn colours at the Garden House. Check website for opening times in March 2017 more


Cutting gardens are becoming ever popular and Sue Fisher gives us some advice on how to get started and the types of flowers we should look out for. Local and seasonal produce is hugely popular around Devon, inspired by a long tradition of... more


Celia Steven, has a ‘Great’ connection to the famous Bramley apple and this wonderfully versatile culinary staple is now helping raise money for the local cricket club... more


Rebecca Martin went to visit Horrabridge School and talk to Suzy Kraike from ELM, and Headteacher, John Clark to find out all about their new educational garden installed this summer. Horrabridge School continues to grow this year with its new... more


Hidden through the backdoor of the Visitor’s Centre in Princetown lies a miniature Dartmoor waiting to be discovered. We have been speaking to Pat from the Dartmoor Preservation Society, to find out about the past, present and future of ... more


With a mild south-westerly climate and warmed by the tidal waters of the Tamar and Tavy estuaries, the Bere Peninsula has a rich horticultural heritage of fruit and flower growing. Strawberries, cherries, daffodils and many other crops were once pro more


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