Green getaways: a guide to the best garden holidays

View of Black Dragon Pool Lijiang with mountains in the background
Cruise China and see the Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang Photo: Jim Gardiner/RHS

Making holiday plans? I don’t often go away, but if I did, I would probably choose a garden tour. A bit of a busman’s holiday, I suppose, but at least we’d all have something in common. But how to choose from a mouth-watering array of venues, and for how long: a cruise, a tour, a course or just a break?

If you like the idea of a luxury cruise, the RHS partners shipping lines and

Outdoor Furniture Collections

Until recently outdoor furniture collections were considered a luxury item. Times have changed and they are now considered an extension of your home. They are a huge style statement bringing your decor from the inside into the outdoors. It is important when planning the decor for your home to include your outdoor space in your decorating budget.


Why is it a good idea to invest your time, energy and money into developing your outdoor space? An outdoor water fountain, outdoor garden statue or an outdoor light pole can not only add to the style and decor to your home by creating an inviting environment, it is a great way to add value and comfort also. In these times, it is important to spend… Continue reading..

How to create snowdrop heaven in your garden

Galanthophile Val Bourne stands in a snowy garden with her snowdrops in a wicker basket
Galanthophile Val Bourne with her snowdrops Photo: Christopher Jones

It’s an early snowdrop season this year, thanks to the mild weather – although this may be checked again by the recent cold snap. But early is bad news for me as I am off to Ireland to lecture in late February and I suspect the Irish snowdrops will have been and gone by the time I arrive. Boo hoo!

However, it raises my spirits enormously to see my snowdrop friends and acquaintances

Summer vegetables: top tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and cucumbers

On the vine cherry tomatoes in reds and oranges fill a china bowl on a wooden table.
Cherry tomatoes full of sweet flavour.  Photo: Maskot / Alamy


’Sungold’ (Dobies) almost feels like cheating, it being so very sweet and delicious and easy to eat. But the kids love it and in truth so do I, so this year I’m pairing it with the also-very-sweet cherry tomato ’Sweet Aperitif’ (Otter Farm). I love a beefsteak, and a polytunnel is the place to grow them.

Having had success with ‘Cuore

Garden Bench, A New Part For Garden Furniture

Some time they can enjoy the scenic beauty of a garden. These benches are typically made of wood but may also be made of stones, synthetic items, metal and stone. Garden benches offer more sittings and on either side of it. Wooden benches with fine polish and carvings are most suitable areas covered areas. As wooden benches are exposed to the nature all the time so these are made with good quality Materials.
The experts around the globe are trying to make it more comfortable for persons who sit in it. To gather more in formation about the Garden benches you need to surf the web pages in the Internet otherwise you can visit the nearest dealer shop to know your quarries. Every garden needs to have Garden benches… Continue reading..