Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

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As the autumn draws on, it's the perfect time of year to plant something new in your garden, particularly shrubs and trees. Andy McIndoe's new book for Timber Press, called "Shrubs: Discover the Pe...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from Marie, who has a problem with non-flowering and leaning roses. The roses are suffering from a lack of sunlight, as they are in the shadow of a large...

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Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

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At the start of autumn there are dozens of excellent garden and plant events happening all over Europe, and one of my favourites is Orticolario. It's only 3 hours by train from Zurich to Como, ...

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The Green Harvest Autumn Market

The Green Harvest Autumn Market

Mid Morning Mix

Tara from My Swiss Garden explains some of the exhibitors and vendors at this upcoming edition of the Green Market.

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Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

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Hardy orchids, like Cypripedium, or Ladies' Slipper Orchids, or Bletillas, are easy to grow in a shady spot in the garden, or a large container on a shady part of the terrace- Christian from Anthur...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from David about his lawn. There is very little grass underneath a large tree, and he wants to know if it's beyond help? Luckily, there's always a solution a...

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Get Swissed with Swiss wine

Get Swissed with Swiss wine

Mid Morning Mix

  Time to work for your wine! Are you ready?

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Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

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The Lausanne Jardins event is in full swing and continues on until mid October - have a look on line for details of each garden and explore the interactive map https://lausannejardins.ch/en/ Pro...

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Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

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After a summer break, Hester Macdonald is back with the first Dig It! of the autumn. Inspired by the sprays of Old Man's Beard, or traveller's Joy she has been seeing in the hedgerows aroun...

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Scott Poynton - on sustainability and why worms should be your next pet

Scott Poynton - on sustainability and why worms should be your next pet

Mid Morning Mix

  Environmentalist Scott Poynton has been working with companies for over 20 years to look at supply chains and help them grapple with major issues such as deforestation and child labour. ...

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CinéTransat - coming together for films and picnics

CinéTransat - coming together for films and picnics

Mid Morning Mix

  What happens when you bring people together through open-air cinema, creative installations and picnics in Geneva? Why, CinéTransat of course!  CinéTransat'...

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Get Swissed at the water castle

Get Swissed at the water castle

Mid Morning Mix

We're ready for another adventure on land and on water this week. What exactly are Swiss 'water castles' and, apart from being spectacular, what's so special about that view?&n...

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Dig It! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

Dig It! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

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With the first of the summer heatwaves hitting Switzerland this week, it's a good opportunity to take stock of your garden or terrace and summer-proof it as well as you can. Watering systems, DIY k...

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Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

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As the spring-flowering bulbs start to fade, it's a good time to check out what autumn-flowering bulbs you could use to replace them, for containers or straight in the ground. Anne van der Elst fro...

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Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

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The Goddess of the Rainbow, Iris, has definitely been playing with all the colours at the Merian Garten in Basel.Wwith over 1500 varieties of bearded iris, you're sure to find a favourite, see if y...

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Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

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June is the month for roses, and this year sees the big Festival des Roses in Estavayer-le-Lac, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June. For details, go to www.festivaldesroses.ch My "tried and ...

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Tak Erzinger: poetry and pilgrimage on St Jacob's Way

Tak Erzinger: poetry and pilgrimage on St Jacob's Way

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  Poet and artist Tak Erzinger took to St Jacob's Way (also known as St James' Way / Jakobsweg) as a pilgramage that would help her deal with personal trauma. She returned...

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10 years of 'Caves Ouvertes' in Vaud (8-9 June)

10 years of 'Caves Ouvertes' in Vaud (8-9 June)

Mid Morning Mix

  Catherine Cruchon from Domaine Henri Cruchon explains the Caves Ouvertes event in Vaud, which takes place this year on the 8-9 June. She also gives us an initiation into the best way t...

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Dig It! Chelsea Flower Show (27 May 2019)

Dig It! Chelsea Flower Show (27 May 2019)

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This year's Chelsea Flower Show was, as ever, sold out, but if you missed it, Hester has some highlights for you. If you want to go next year, the easiest way is to join the RHS, find out how o...

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Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

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  Hydrangeas are among my favourite flowers for the month of May, and Eric Renault of Sapho nurseries in the north of France, was showing a brand new variety, called Hydrangea macrophylla &...

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Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

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The largest outdoor garden show in Switzerland, Jardins en Fete, took place this weekend at the Château de Coppet. Among the many plants, accessories, furniture and objets d’art, some beautiful nat...

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Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

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Our listener Sandy wanted to know why her tulips stop flowering after a few years. You can try digging them up after flowering and storing them for the summer, or choose tulips that re-flower relia...

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Win a stay in Ticino

Win a stay in Ticino

Mid Morning Mix

  Here in Ticino, quality and efficiency are Swiss, whereas the flair and the lifestyle is Italian. Be seduced by the breathtaking scenery, the colours and the flavours of the "...

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Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

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With lots of lovely summer flowering plants in the garden centres, it can be tempting to go crazy and plant them out right now, but traditional gardening wisdom says to wait until the Ice Saints Da...

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