Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

Dig It! Small is Beautiful (Feb 13 2016)

Dig It! Small is Beautiful (Feb 13 2016)

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Small is definitely beautiful for these new accessories from the Marein company, miniature garden essentials like swings, barbecues and benches, all scaled down to tiny proportions, to make gardens...

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Dig It! Orchids (8 Feb 2016)

Dig It! Orchids (8 Feb 2016)

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Orchids are among the most popular houseplants, Thomas Egger has some tips on keeping them in the best of health, and details of a specialist orchid show coming up in the City of Bern 18-21 Februar...

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Dig It! Jobs (1 Feb 2016)

Dig It! Jobs (1 Feb 2016)

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Jobs for February in the garden with Tara Lissner, experienced gardener and Director of the Swiss Gardening School

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Dig It! Cold weather wear (Jan 25 2016)

Dig It! Cold weather wear (Jan 25 2016)

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Is the recent cold weather enough to kill off the bugs and diseases and some plants need cold weather. And colourful garden items to wear to keep warm.

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Dig It! Garden Photography (Jan 18 2016)

Dig It! Garden Photography (Jan 18 2016)

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This week's Dig It, recorded at the Ornaris show this week, with the ebullient photographer Nunu Mare, who specialises in landscapes and botanical subjects. Packed with colour and light, mostly tak...

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Dig It! Best Garden Magazines (Jan 4 2016)

Dig It! Best Garden Magazines (Jan 4 2016)

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This week Hester looks at what the best gardening magazines to read to make sure you get the best from your garden in 2016

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Joshua Egerton set up his own gardening business to stay in Nendaz all year round

Joshua Egerton set up his own gardening business to stay in Nendaz all year round

Raphael Nanchen is one of three guys organising Polaris Festival; an electronic music festival, up a mountain. It’s a great line-up and a chance to dance throughout the day, then head to the ...

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Dig It! Xmas Gifts (14 Dec 2015)

Dig It! Xmas Gifts (14 Dec 2015)

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Great gift ideas for garden lovers

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Dig It! Pine Processionary Caterpillars (7 Dec 2015)

Dig It! Pine Processionary Caterpillars (7 Dec 2015)

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All about a new invention to help in the fight against pine processionary caterpillars - those hairy little caterpillars that cause havoc when they appear, for human and animals alike. It's called ...

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Dig It Miss Daisy 1 December 2015

Dig It Miss Daisy 1 December 2015

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Christmas present ideas for garden lovers

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Dig It! Layer Bulbs (23rd Nov 2015)

Dig It! Layer Bulbs (23rd Nov 2015)

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How to layer bulbs in a pot to get 6 months of colour for your terrace of balcony.

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Dig It! Skimmias (16th Nov 2015)

Dig It! Skimmias (16th Nov 2015)

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Dig It! all about those lovely evergreen flowering shrubs, called Skimmias, and a new dwarf range perfect for pots from Van Vliet New Plants

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Dig It! Skimmias

Dig It! Skimmias

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Dig It! This week Hester talks all about those lovely evergreen flowering shrubs, called Skimmias, and a new dwarf range perfect for pots from Van Vliet New Plants

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Dig It!   Hydrangeas (9 Nov 2015)

Dig It! Hydrangeas (9 Nov 2015)

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This week's Dig It! - all about hydrangeas. Lots of new, very pretty varieties have just been launched, look out for the Flair and Flavours series.

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Dig It! Balcony (2nd Nov 2015)

Dig It! Balcony (2nd Nov 2015)

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Small spaces are no problem when furniture and plant pots can be folded up and stored away in a book case! Stools from Thomas Merlo www.thomasmerlopartner.ch and plant pots from Triva Holz www.triv...

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Dig It Green Mats (26th Oct 2015)

Dig It Green Mats (26th Oct 2015)

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Ground cover planting just got a whole lot easier with plant mats from Cover Green

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Dig It! Questions from the Expat Expo

Dig It! Questions from the Expat Expo

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On this week's Dig It!Hester takes questions from keen gardeners at the Expat Expo in Geneva. Covering topics such as conifer pruning, weeds in lawns an invasive climbers.

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Dig It! - High up plants (28 Sep 2015)

Dig It! - High up plants (28 Sep 2015)

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Dig It for this week, I spoke to Sandy from the Jardin des Monts about their plant products produced up high at 1600m altitude in the beautiful Pays d'En haut. www.jardindesmonts.ch

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Dig It! - Flowering Perennials (21 Sep 2015)

Dig It! - Flowering Perennials (21 Sep 2015)

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Autumn flowering perennials are in garden centres now, perfect to brighten up a pot or a border. Choose from Heleniums, Echinacea and sedums, and look out for the new Helenium "Short and Sassy", co...

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Dig It! - Grasses in Meyrin (14 Sep 2015)

Dig It! - Grasses in Meyrin (14 Sep 2015)

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Grasses are great for the garden, the new Carex "Feather Falls" is fully hardy, resists sun scorch and is available soon. Grasses to see in Geneva at Roussillon Fleurs in Meyrin www.leroussillon.ch

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Dig It! - Botanical art (7 Sep 2015)

Dig It! - Botanical art (7 Sep 2015)

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This week Hester takes a look at an exhibition of botanical art in Lausanne.

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Dig It! - Hot weather casualties (31 Aug 2015)

Dig It! - Hot weather casualties (31 Aug 2015)

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A hot summer can mean some plant casualties, and in Hester Macdonald's garden, it was a pair of box wood cones that didn't survive. What to plant instead?

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Dig It! - Vegetables (6 Jul 2015)

Dig It! - Vegetables (6 Jul 2015)

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Tara Lissner is the Director of the Swiss Gardening School and an enthusiastic grower of veggies and fruit. Here are her tips to keep your veggie patch and fruit going through the summer

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Dig It! - Flower advice (29 Jun 2015)

Dig It! - Flower advice (29 Jun 2015)

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Tara Lissner, Director of the Swiss Gardening School, has lots of great suggestions for keeping your garden looking lovely this summer

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