Twins Dylan and Amelie, Matthew Wilson’s children, in the garden aged two
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How do your children grow?

‘Bug hotels’, stink lilies and sunflower-growing contests are just some of the ways to instil in youngsters a love of nature and plants

Enid A Haupt Conservatory at New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden turns 125

Rather than look back to its past, the Bronx garden remains focused on the future with new shows and education projects

From left: Niobe; Perle d’Azur; Durandii
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Clematis keeps on spreading

Old favourites, newcomers, climbers or sprawlers? With so many to choose from, here is a guide to my favourites

Nuytsia floribunda (Australian Christmas tree) survives by stealing water from its host plants
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Parasitic plants with a role to play

They can be pests, taking nutrients and damaging their hosts, but they can also be useful

Gentiana verna in the Dolomites

Alternative homes for alpine plants

Years of experience has shown me that alpines can do just as well in containers and everyday environments

Magnolia Black Tulip
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Lovely shrubberies give life to gardens

Mahonias from China, magnolias from New Zealand and mock orange from Mexico offer colourful new ideas

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden 200 years on

The garden is preparing to celebrate its bicentenary, having had to overcome many challenges, both budgetary and biological

Derby Arboretum
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The botanist who invented arboretums

John Claudius Loudon coined the term and pioneered a new style of gardening using exotic woodland

Illustration for 'The night the badgers came'
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The night the badgers came for my tulips

As an entire crop falls victim to uninvited guests, the search begins for a new anti-brock strategy

Manor Farm ( 26th June 2012 )
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How to create a beautiful garden

Designing an attractive landscape requires an understanding of topography, climate and history — as well as a love of hard work

Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ — for gardeners

What can the 1759 satire teach us about gardening, the good life and the value of place and belonging?

Two flowers that are picture-perfect

Chrysanthemums and dahlias are well represented at the Royal Academy’s latest show and are also the stars of garden borders

How Japanese knotweed became a global pest

How a single specimen introduced into the west as an exotic novelty became a plant invader that can destroy buildings

Gardeners on top of the world

A gathering of enthusiasts celebrated Vietnamese wonders in the wilds of Washington and an unusual garden in northern Norway

How US growers were put in the picture

Designs grew more lavish as printing technology advanced resulting in colourful images of produce and ‘Vegetable People’

The luck of the iris

Newer varieties of this superb flower were the stars of the RHS’s early spring show this year

The ‘rocket’ plant that took off

Native to the Canary Islands, these tottering giants can also be grown in far cooler environments

A lily goes a long way

The flowers are easily grown in pots that can be transplanted, tubs and all, into bare patches to brighten up late-summer gardens

How a corner of Nepal came to Scotland

Himalayan flora has found a new home at Craigieburn Garden, tended by a sherpa-turned-gardener

Chanticleer Garden gets into the grooves

Blending the best of British and US styles, the garden in Philadelphia gets novel with gravel, grass and asparagus

The art of gardening

A new exhibition at London’s Royal Academy explores how gardens have influenced the work of artists through the centuries

Gardens and art: a picture of paradise

The close link between horticulture and painting is gloriously illustrated in the Royal Academy’s new exhibition

A Sri Lankan relic worthy of worship

The colonial-era Royal Botanic Gardens near Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth was created as a ‘second Kew’

The garden king of Kabul

How the restoration of a warrior emperor’s 16th-century garden is helping to secure Afghanistan’s heritage

How I built a pub at the end of my garden

Needing a storage rethink, Graham Parrish replaced his old shed with three beach huts — each with a specific function

The low-cost way to restore a greenhouse

Chris Tighe plans to bring her neglected allotment glasshouse back to life with a little bit of money and a lot of ingenuity

How to create French-style espaliers

Trained tree branches are a striking way to dress a historic building — and planning and upkeep are part of the enjoyment

Heirloom seeds: why older is not wiser

If ‘vintage’ and ‘heritage’ are so wonderful, why do breeders work hard to produce newer and better flower varieties?

Alexander von Humboldt: nature as a whole

The life and work of the 18th-century German aristocrat, who was an ecologist before the term ‘ecology’ was invented

2015’s flowers of endurance

A turf professional told me that a springtime sowing would fail and that I was horticulturally unsound

Review of 2015 — from the badgers

Debating was fierce at their annual Christmas conference which exposed strong feelings on Europe (and hedgehogs)

Winter posers indoors and out

Hardy plants for unseasonal mild weather and indoor plants for seasonal cheer — plus December at Kew

The best gardening books of 2015

The year’s best horticultural books offered lessons from some of Britain’s finest gardens and most accomplished gardeners

How Suriname became a vision of hell

The 17th-century destruction of an idyllic wonderland by the English shatters their image as guardians of the landscape

Why the cotoneaster is a berried treasure

There are several varieties of this underrated high-class oriental that are worth another look

‘Guerrilla’ gardening at Tate Modern

An exhibition at the art gallery invites visitors to throw seeds or bulbs into giant planters filled with soil — and wait for the results

Warm welcome to UK’s mild autumns

Mid-October is no longer the signal to rush out to protect half-hardy plants, with flowers now lasting much longer into the year

Why trees don’t need passports

The family seat at Tullynally in Westmeath is for gardeners who love beauty, not arboreal ethnicity

It aster be the best

Asters have been on top form in England this autumn, though the most tempting varieties are still the most risky to grow

Frida Kahlo: a fertile imagination

An exhibition in New York reimagines the Mexican artist’s garden and examines the hidden meanings behind her use of plant imagery