Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

Dig It! Landscape architect Gilles Clement (30 January 2017)

Dig It! Landscape architect Gilles Clement (30 January 2017)

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One of the greatest living French landscape architects, Gilles Clement was in Geneva last week, for a lecture at the Lullier School of Horticulture. Hester Macdonald chatted to him about his i...

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Dig It! Winter in the garden (23 January 2017)

Dig It! Winter in the garden (23 January 2017)

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With the cold winter winds howling about our ears, it's very tempting to stay indoors and forget about the garden. But how do the plants outside manage to survive? Rene Smulders of Wageningen Unive...

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Talking taxation at source

Talking taxation at source

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Nick Dryden from Dryden Associates talks us through some of the frequently asked questions around being taxed at source.

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Dig It: Planning for spring bees (10 January 2017)

Dig It: Planning for spring bees (10 January 2017)

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While it's cold outside, you can plan ahead for your gardening year by planning some space for mason bees. Mason bees are one of the many species of solitary bee native to Switzerland, and are very...

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Dig It! Last minute gifts for gardeners (12 December 2016)

Dig It! Last minute gifts for gardeners (12 December 2016)

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Our last show of the year, and there's plenty to inspire you for last minute gifts for gardeners. Don't panic, we have it all covered

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Dig It - Gifts for Gardeners (28 Nov 2016)

Dig It - Gifts for Gardeners (28 Nov 2016)

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What's the next best thing to actually being in the garden? Sitting down with a beautiful book about gardens, of course! Tara Lissner and Hester Macdonald have picked three of their favourites from...

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Dig It: Christmas gifts for gardeners (5 December 2016)

Dig It: Christmas gifts for gardeners (5 December 2016)

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Tara Lissner, Director of the Swiss Gardening School and Hester have more Gifts for Gardeners. They are all easy to find locally in Switzerland or buy before the holidays on line

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Inspirational roses

Inspirational roses

Everything should be made with the heart, with passion, with love - is an unusual sentiment from the head of one of the largest makers of fine jewellery and watches in Swit...

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Dig It! Home Made gifts for Xmas (21 November 2016)

Dig It! Home Made gifts for Xmas (21 November 2016)

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With the holiday season approaching, it's time to start planning some gifts to give. If you're a bit green-thumbed, why not try out some suggestions for home made gifts, winter pots and forced bulb...

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Dig It: Bee books for children (14 November 2016)

Dig It: Bee books for children (14 November 2016)

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In the first of our shows on holiday gifts for gardeners, we meet local Geneva author, Allison Tanimura. Allison describes herself as a "bee custodian and educator" and as a natural next step has ...

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Dig It! Keeping bees is easy (31 Oct 2016)

Dig It! Keeping bees is easy (31 Oct 2016)

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Bees are in trouble, their numbers are plummeting and their pollinating days may be behind them. Or are they? Allison Tanimura, bee custodian in the Canton of Vaud, has plenty of hope for the futur...

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Dig It! Keeping bees is easy!

Dig It! Keeping bees is easy!

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On this week's Dig It! Bees are in trouble, their numbers are plummeting and their pollinating days may be behind them. Or are they? Allison Tanimura, bee custodian in the Canton of Vaud, has ple...

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Autumn gardens in Ticino and Italy

Autumn gardens in Ticino and Italy

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With the school autumn holidays approaching, you may be wondering where to go for a few last days of sunshine in Switzerland or nearby.

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

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What is in a name? For new plants, it is a tough business for the breeder to have their name agreed; it has to be unique, and it's even better if it has a good story too.

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Dig It! Naming new plants (17 October 2016)

Dig It! Naming new plants (17 October 2016)

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What is in a name? For new plants, it is a tough business for the breeder to have their name agreed; it has to be unique, and it's even better if it has a good story too. Chantal Bomer and her husb...

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Dig It! Great gardens in Ticino (10 October 2016)

Dig It! Great gardens in Ticino (10 October 2016)

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With the school autumn holidays approaching, you may be wondering where to go for a few last days of sunshine in Switzerland or nearby. Judith Wade, the founder of the garden group Grande Giardini ...

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Dig It! Last days of summer (10 October 2016)

Dig It! Last days of summer (10 October 2016)

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With the school autumn holidays approaching, you may be wondering where to go for a few last days of sunshine in Switzerland or nearby. Judith Wade, the founder of the garden group Grande Giardini ...

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Dig It! 'Wonder Plants'  (3 October 2016)

Dig It! 'Wonder Plants' (3 October 2016)

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in Como in Italy. An interesting mix of the contemporary and the traditional, it's packed with exhibitors of plants, gadgets, furniture and much more. Alongside the show gardens and exhibitors, the...

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Autumn gardening: Denim 'n Lace

Autumn gardening: Denim 'n Lace

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Autumn is bowling along apace, with warm days and buzzing bees and lots of colour in the parks and gardens.

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Dig It! Pep up pots and containers (26 September 2016)

Dig It! Pep up pots and containers (26 September 2016)

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Autumn is bowling along apace, with warm days and buzzing bees and lots of colour in the parks and gardens. If your pots and containers are looking a bit tired, you can pep them up a bit with some ...

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Autumn flowers

Autumn flowers

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As the days get shorter and the evenings cooler, the autumn stars of the garden begin to shine.

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Dig It!  Autumn flowers (19 September 2016)

Dig It! Autumn flowers (19 September 2016)

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As the days get shorter and the evenings cooler, the autumn stars of the garden begin to shine. Among my favourite autumn flowering plants are sedums, or stonecrops, providing intersting foliage al...

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Berry gardening

Berry gardening

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Autumn is creeping onwards and the berries are showing no signs of slowing down yet. Keep watering and picking and you could have several more punnets full!

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7 things to bear in mind when choosing hiking shoes

7 things to bear in mind when choosing hiking shoes

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If you've bought a good pair, then you probably won't notice them whilst you're half way up that mountain. After all, you have other things to concentrate on like the stunning views or ...

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