Usk Open Gardens June 2016

This year’s Usk Open Gardens is June 25th and 26th 2016. Around 20 private gardens will be opening and a number of volunteer groups provide refreshments. There will be a gardener’s market too.

Garden passports (with maps) will be for sale at the car park kiosks and Twyn square.

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‘Fresh air and exercise’

Why do we do it?  We eat too much, drink too much and then mortified by the effects on our waistlines of another Christmas and New Year vow never to touch another drop and only eat lettuce leaves for a month. Both doomed to failure of course, so I’ve got another idea, my cure for …

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Cheryl Cummings Garden Design

Whatever next! Every summer begins with my firm intention to visit a few private gardens open to the public, especially those that have been planned by other garden designers. Most summers come and go and the good intentions remain just that but this year I was determined and made the time to get to several. …

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Preparing to Spring Forward

I’ve never been the type of gardener who shuts up shop at the end of November, cuts everything down to the ground and puts the garden to bed for the winter. I admit there are some plants that collapse into a mushy heap at the first frost and are just too messy to live with …

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New Year – New Ideas

  In the garden as in the rest of life, very now and then it’s good for long held views to be shaken up a bit, old ways of doing things questioned and for us to consider a few new ideas. At a seminar recently I listened to a very adventurous London based garden designer …

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Feeling right at home

From the number of people I see gazing into estate agents’ windows, who like me are probably not in the market for another house move, I guess I’m not alone in being nosy about other people’s homes. But I wonder how many are as interested as I am in the gardens surrounding them. It’s rare …

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