Archive | February, 2013

Morden Hall Park

Community Garden at Dean City Farm

This week we had an invite to visit Dean City Farm just South of Wimbledon.  I was slightly uncertain whether it would hold enough interest for my 8 yr old. However my friend knows me well. ‘ They also have a community garden’ she says dangling a large carrot before me and knowing that I […]

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Floral Friday – Family Friendly Shrubs – Lavatera

I have always loved Lavateras with their attractive and showy pink flowers.  If you have a large garden and want a summer flowering shrub then this is the plant for you.  Its common name is Mallow. If you do not have space for a 1.5 to 2 m shrub then there are now a number […]

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empty playground

Children’s Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

  What happens?  When our children are small toddlers, pre-school and perhaps up to the age of 5/6 we spend hours with them in the local playgrounds.  They are regular venues, with picnics on summer days and winter visits when the weather is dry.  Once they start school and weekday time is pre-allocated the family […]

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Chelsea physic garden

Snowdrops, Ladybirds & Grapefruit at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Since a recent garden visit had been cancelled due to the snowy weather I had been looking forward to visiting Chelsea Physic Garden’s Snowdrop day.  It is a garden I have not seen for about five years.  I have always considered it a real gem and it really lived up to expectation.  It is only just […]

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Opportunity to Design a Garden for Hampton Court Flower Show

My ears pricked up when I heard a competition for non-professionals to design a Family Friendly Garden announced on the BBC’s One Show this week.  The winner will have the garden built at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July.  Family friendly gardens and how to achieve them are matters very close to my […]

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