You say native, I say indigenous?

Let’s discuss racism in gardening and science terminology, what we actually mean by terms like invasive…

Why must nature always come second?

I’m writing this because discussions online this week have kept me up all night thinking about…

10 native UK weeds to grow for wildlife

My book Wild about Weeds looks at the wildlife value of many weeds I feel are…

Beware plastic netting in lawn and wildflower turf

One of the biggest problems in designed gardens that I and people I work with come…

17 reasons to avoid fake lawns – how bad is artificial grass for the environment?

I never design gardens with fake grass for aesthetic, experiential and environmental reasons. That said, some…

From plant to seed bank, how Kew Gardens is saving the planet’s flora and us

I’ve been visiting Kew Gardens – like many people I’m sure – since I was a…

11 steps to a wildlife friendly allotment

I love all life and I’m sure if you’re reading this you don’t need any explanation…

This decade let’s not lose sight of protecting wild habitats

Over the last year we’ve seen a wonderful increase in the number of people demanding action…

On the verge of a new way of gardening: do we need to change what we grow?

I’ve always written about our gardens being seen as mini-wildlife reserves, eco systems we protect and…

Orchidize

One day there will come a moment when I’ll have seen all of the species of…

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Finally, after many years, today I came up close and personal with one of my favourite…

An introduction to native wild orchids the alien wonder beings

People tell you that magic isn’t real, that Utopia is impossible. They’re talking bollocks. I know…

Reforesting Yorkshire

Chris and I popped up to Yorkshire this weekend to celebrate my birthday and my mum’s,…