Houseplants and gardening indoors

There is good news for gardeners who miss their gardening fix when the winter weather prevents outside work. Indoor gardening with houseplants is back in fashion and some of the stalwart plants of our childhood homes are now right on trend instead of being “so last century”. You should be seeing an increase in the number and range of houseplants on...

Wealden Times June 2017

The Wealden Times 2017 Midsummer Fair included a Garden Hub and Healthy Living Festival and to highlight this I wrote an article on the benefits of getting out into a garden for the June 2017 issue. You can find the online magazine here  move the slider bar to page 171 for “Plant Therapy” Full text of the article It’s official. Gardening is good...

Gardening for Wellbeing

2017 seems to be the year in which the world has caught up with the gardeners and realised that gardening is good for our mental as well as physical wellbeing.  Or possibly it is just that the mainstream media has finally picked up the message.  The formal term for using gardening activities to support or enhance wellbeing is Social...

A New Year’s Resolution for Gardeners

There's always time for a sociable tea break We all know that gardening is good for you so if you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution to benefit your health, instead of giving up this or that why not resolve to do more of something that you actually like? Yes, more Gardening! As well as mild physical exercise there is...

Gardening is good for body & soul

As gardeners we know that gardening is good for you. Here are just a few of the benefits that you get from gardening. Share with friends and family who are so busy looking after their wellbeing that they think that they do not have time for gardening and let’s convert a few more people! Whether allotment, garden or balcony gardening...

Botanical Names – friend or foe?

Latin (more properly called botanical) names can seem like a nightmare invented to put off the new gardener but I encourage you to reconsider and develop a little knowledge about how plants are named.   The practical use is that botanical names identify an individual variety of any given plant uniquely across the world, no matter what language the gardener...

Welcome to Gardening by Design.

Welcome to the new Gardening by Design website and the first ever post on my gardening Edu-blog. Over the coming weeks & months I will post articles helping you to understand a wide range of gardening topics from design to practical skills and growing fruit and vegetables suited to the season so you can apply your new knowledge and ideas...