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100th Anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show

This year, 2013, is a pretty special one in the gardening world. It's the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show! Even people who aren't keen gardeners can't help but be impressed. It's like Paris Fashion Week but muddier. We're pretty lucky that such a worldwide show should take place in London, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital. If you haven't already booked your tickets, you can do here Gnomes may be forbidden, but pretty much anything else goes, and we love to see the creativity on display every year. The show gardens, which were announced last year, are mostly focusing on sustainable...

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Dry Stone Walls – a history

Dry Stane Dykes have been a beautiful feature of the Scottish landscape for hundreds – even thousands of years. They tell a story about their area; the local stone that’s been quarried, the way the land has been used and wildlife that’s sheltered by it or grown over it as the years have passed. A dyke is built like an intricate jigsaw puzzle, with stones carefully chosen and placed. There is no mortar used to hold it all together – amazing when you think of the centuries these walls have stood. The oldest dry stane dykes in Scotland are found in Orkney, in the village of Skara Brae, where...

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