Oh England. I refuse to apologize for my Anglophilia. As any good gardening nerd will tell you, worshiping at the altar of the English Garden is de rigeur. I have spent plenty of time in the U.K., and while I do like the countryside (I’m looking at you Cornwall!), I am an urban girl at heart, and I really love London. It was then, much to my dismay that I learned I had missed my opportunity to step inside some of London’s most exclusive private gardens during Open Garden Squares Weekend, June 9-10. Thankfully, Conde Nast Traveler has saved the day with this beautiful slideshow. ~AR
Our colleagues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew recently launched a new effort to help restore some of the United Kingdom’s most fragile ecosystems. The UK Native Seed Hub will provide the high-quality seeds of native plants from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and advice to groups working to grow and restore wildflower meadows across the country. After growing meadows, the initiative hopes to encourage groups to tackle 40 other native habitats like chalk grasslands and lowland heathlands. Sounds like a fabulous effort!
There’s a movement afoot in the United Kingdom to place a tax upon peat used in gardening. Peat has been used in the U.K. traditionally as a soil amendment, in addition to it’s traditional role as a component in seed-starting soils. In it’s place gardening experts are pushing good old-fashioned compost.