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Fine flora of South Africa

13 January 2017

A visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in South Africa inspires Lucy Hewett

Don't let your old tree give you the needle

How will you recycle your tree this year? Picture: Getty Images

30 December 2016

The festivities may be drawing to a close - but where will your Christmas tree end up?


Step into a private writers' retreat for the first time

A glimpse of the sitting room in the South Cottage at Sissinghurst castle Picture: National trust/James Dobson

18 December 2016

The National Trust has opened the retreat used by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson for the first time this winter.

Leaf mould can be garden gold

23 November 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett turns her fallen leaves into gold and plans to plant nerines for autumn next year.

Figs, soup and Christmas scents!

16 November 2016

Lucy Hewett gets her fig tree ready for winter, makes a tasty squash soup and plants paper white narcissi in time for Christmas

The gardens that were found again

09 November 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett heads to Cornwall for inspiration.

Do my trees need cutting and when?

Autumn colour follows a sunny summer

01 November 2016

It’s time to ponder which trees to plant for the future. Gardening expert Lucy Hewett enjoys the autumn colours.

Planning ahead for winter colour and spring bulbs

27 October 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett plans for the future with her spring bulbs. And it’s time to get to grips with those winter containers.

Plan ahead for onion and garlic crop

Onions benefit from cooler temperatures

20 October 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett plants onions and garlic now to give time to benefit from cool temperatures. And she has an idea for Bramley apples.

Getting ahead with sweet peas

Sweet peas in bloom

14 October 2016

Do you have big ideas for your garden in 2017? Expert Lucy Hewett plans ahead.

Bring a splash of autumn colour to your weekend

Great Comp's Autumn Extravaganza

05 October 2016

For an autumn extravaganza with garden tours and walks, Kent has it all.

It's harvest time at Chapel Down winery in Tenterden

Chardonnay grapes

04 October 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett takes a visit to Chapel Down winery to discover how to grow grapes for wine making. Is 2016 going to be a good year?

Autumn's in the air

Playing in the autumn leaves near the Boathouse at Scotney Castle. Picture: National Trust/John Miller

02 October 2016

We've said goodbye to summer, but it’s time to say hello to its colourful cousin - autumn - with these seasonal sensational days out across Kent.

Autumn lawn and pond care

28 September 2016

It’s time for a tidy-up in the garden. Lucy Hewett gives her lawn and pond a bit of autumn maintenance

Chartwell dahlias are an autumn treat

Dahlias at Chartwell

23 September 2016

This week, our gardening expert Lucy Hewett heads to Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. And she is very glad she did.

A flower festival fit for a queen

Known as 'the loveliest castle in the world', Leeds Castle's history covers over 900 years

20 September 2016

Leeds Castle's crownng glory, its annual autumn floral celebration will have a real regal feel this year

Taking cuttings of tender plants


16 September 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett gets to the bottom of perennials and biennials. She also takes cuttings of tender plants

Autumn can be a treasure in the garden

Black eyed Susan

06 September 2016

Is your garden looking a little straggly as summer moves to an end? Gardening expert Lucy Hewett looks at a few ways to perk up your plot for longer.

Collect seeds now for a fine plot in 2017

02 September 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett has been collecting seeds as flowers go past their best.

A great garden weekend - Great Comp's summer show

Great Comp Garden in Borough Green is holding its Summer Show

10 August 2016

A riot of colour greets visitors to Great Comp Gardens for its summer show at the peak of its season this weekend.

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