GARDENING FOR HEALTH !

The Merritt Medical Centre in Chessington received a garden makeover last week by a group of horticultural students. The students were attending a Garden Design course at the King’s...

Gardener or Horticulturist?

Learning to mow a lawn and use a hedge cutter takes about five minutes whereas learning the subject of horticulture takes a lifetime…….Cathie’s Gardening School gets controversial. When you...

Garden Gifts For Christmas

Some ideas for last minute Christmas Gifts with a gardening theme from Cathie’s Gardening School, Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. It’s that time of year again when all the kids...

Garden Composting

Most people have a compost heap or bin in their gardens more often an eyesore than a functional thing of beauty. I love my compost bins and use them...

Honey Bees at Secretts

An introduction to the honey bees at Cathie’s Gardening School, Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. This month I thought I would introduce you to my bees. I have two hives...

Fruit Tree Pruning

We are fast approaching the winter fruit tree pruning season as I write this but it does appear that there is still confusion over this task so I thought...

Flower Feast!

Herbs are a favourite amongst gardeners and cooks but have you ever thought about using the flowers as well? It may surprise you just how many other flowers are...

Flaming February!

On a recent visit to Wisley I was totally in awe of the reds, yellows, oranges and silver stems surrounding the lake. Truly a magical experience and not a...

Fabulous Forsythia!

You truly know it’s Spring when the Forsythias are out in every garden. The riot of yellow truly lifts the spirits. Although it is an extremely popular plant it...

Easter Parade!

Narcissus or daffodils are an integral part of our Easter celebrations and bring delight to the senses after a cold winter. Many of us grow them in pots and...

Drought Resistant Planting

Advice on choosing the right plants for the hot Summer ahead from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. In April we were told there were to...

Dogwood Dilemma

An unusual month to look at these colourful winter plants but the pruning is very important if we are to retain their coloured stems every year. I visit many...

Daphnes in January

The Daphne is a delightfully scented alpine or shrub. They vary greatly in size, colour and cultivation requirements. Every garden should have one, although they are not really happy...

Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are the most popular late season flowers but many people do not grow them due to the high maintenance requirements. Here are some interesting facts and horticultural advice...

Crops in Pots

Advice on growing vegetables in pots from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Squires at Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. Last year we looked at growing your own food in raised...

COMPOST CONFUSION!

When I was starting out in horticulture many moons ago we had to mix our own potting composts and it was quite revolutionary when we had a choice of...

Clematis Pruning

The perpetual problem! The challenge is to watch when it flowers, hence writing the article now. It can seem so complicated with all the different groups. There is a...

Christmas Wreath

At this time of year I like to look at the meanings behind some of our Christmas traditions. We’ve covered Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Christmas roses and Christmas trees and...

Oh Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again and I have written some interesting articles over past festive seasons. How many of you have wondered why we decorate trees and bring...

Christmas Nuts!

Each year at this time I look at one of the Christmas traditions relating to horticulture and this year I have chosen nuts! I find it quite frustrating that...

BUGINGHAM PALACE!

Regular readers will be aware that Cathie’s Garden Army have recently created a garden at Woking and Sam Beare Hospice which was designed by Valerie Amos and implemented with...

Botanical Drinks

As a horticulturist with a deep passion for growing all things edible it occurred to me that readers may like to share how easy it is to make your...

Bees, Bees, Bees….

Advice on all kinds of bees from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Squire’s Garden Centre at Secretts, Milford. Regular readers will be aware that there are a couple of...

Beautiful Bark and Stunning Stems!

Some inspirational gardening ideas by Cathie from Cathie’s Gardening School. I was inspired to write this article after a New Year’s Walk around Harold Hillier’s Garden over Christmas. We...

Bee and insect accommodation!

Congratulations to Sarah Blake in Cranleigh for winning the free Cathie’s Mobile Gardening School consultancy and to everyone else who won the reduced fee visits. The response was overwhelming...

An Introduction to Keeping Bees

Advice for new beekeepers from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. We now have three colonies of bees in the teaching garden at Secretts so you...

Autumn Sedums

The Autumn brings us spectacular colours as deciduous trees and shrubs prepare themselves for the winter rest. As well as coloured leaves, berries and stems there are also a...

Autumn Tidy Up!!

Autumn is such a beautiful colourful time of year but many plants die or die back or just look a bit sad. The question is to tidy for the...

HELLEBORE HEAVEN

Hellebores are a delight in the garden from Christmas through to Easter. The Christmas rose is well known for it’s beautiful white flowers in the depths of winter but...