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What flowers are best for creating your own cutting garden?

Walmer Castle in all its glory. Photos provided with the permission of Rachel Clark and Malgosia Lonsdale

26 July 2016

Lucy Hewett catches up with the senior gardener at the glorious Walmer Castle Gardens to find out

How to create a wildflower patch

21 July 2016

A natural wildflower meadow in summer is a sight for sore eyes. Gardening expert Lucy Hewett is a fan.

The perfect cottage garden

Hollyhocks, underplanted with hardy geraniums

15 July 2016

Achieving that colourful cottage garden look is within your reach. Gardening expert Lucy Hewett helps out.

Castle's florist wins gold award in show

07 July 2016

Leeds Castle’s florist has won a prize at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Inspiration in the garden

06 July 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett headed to the gardens at Belmont, Throwley, near Faversham. There she found inspiration around every corner.

Golden day for Kent at top national show

John Warland took gold

05 July 2016

Undulating garden hits new heights for designer John Warland at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Visit gardens for inspiration

Jan Ware with her dog Lady in her garden in West Lea, Deal.

03 July 2016

Gardens in a Kent town will open up to the public for the very first time as part of a prestigious national event.

Do you know your climbers from your ramblers?

23 June 2016

Follow her advice and gardening expert Lucy Hewett really can promise you a rose garden. Here’s some of the best varieties to choose.

Tesco sells garden centres

Dobbies garden centre at Eureka Leisure Park in Ashford

17 June 2016

Supermarket giant Tesco has offloaded its Dobbies Garden Centres for £217 million.


Water features are a welcome addition to any garden

14 June 2016

Is your plot missing the sound of running water? Gardening expert Lucy Hewett looks at water feature options for the garden

Castle's blooming garden history revealed

The exhibition at Hever is officially opened

10 June 2016

Hever Castle's garden development from the 1900s to the present day is charted in a new exhibition opened by TV presenter Rachel de Thame.

Keeping busy in the kitchen garden

10 June 2016

So much to do in the garden. Expert Lucy Hewett prefers the ‘little and often’ approach.

How to make the most of our flowering hedgerows

The fragrant elderflower

02 June 2016

This week, our resident garden expert Lucy Hewett is admiring her aquilegias and transporting herself into summer by making elderflower cordial.

Jo has the golden touch at Chelsea

Jo Thompson at the Chelsea Flower Show. Picture: Ian West

25 May 2016

It’s gold fever for Kent’s garden designers and plant growers at this week's RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Scents can be just as important as the look of a plant

Syringa vulgaris (lilac)

25 May 2016

Want some heavenly fragrances in your garden? Gardening expert Lucy Hewett tells you the ones you need.

The magic of the peony

19 May 2016

The beauty of the peony is stunning, if a little short-lived. Gardening expert Lucy Hewett explores the romantic charm of this garden favourite.

A dream finally comes true for kidnap victim Tom

Tom Hart Dyke at Lullingstone Castle

17 May 2016

After years of planning, an orchid house at one of our most unique gardens will become a fragrant floral reality for celebrity gardener Tom Hart Dyke.

The man with the golden touch

Cleve West won his first gold medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 10 years ago

16 May 2016

Chelsea favourite Cleve West has built a reputation for innovative landscapes, that's why he is creating the garden for this year's main show sponsor.

Get staking and keep pests under control

Ring staking is great for taller plants

13 May 2016

Spring is truly here, but it’s not all fun and games in the garden. Expert Lucy Hewett gets stuck in to staking plants and controlling pests.

Picking out a cherry tree needs some thought

Spring blossom

04 May 2016

Gardening expert Lucy Hewett takes stock of her cherry trees as she enjoys a walk among the spring blossom.

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