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This month is our late summer period and many gardens reach their full beauty. Even though many hydrangeas are now past their best, others such as roses and the silk trees are blooming as talked about last week. The flower beds and borders are rich in colour as summer flowers are in bloom. Lavenders produce another flush of purple-blue flowers, summer lilies give off a fragrance that makes the air heavy with delicious scent, many roses will produce another flush of flowers and grace many a garden with a blaze of colour.


Bedding plants or annuals are at their best and brightest and the orange and yellow marigolds and all colours of petunias, lobelia and geraniums brighten many a border pot or container and hanging basket.

Gardens: what to do this week

Gardens have long provided fertile ground for artists and a new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London explores this theme with a display of more than 120 works. Painting The Modern Garden: Monet To Matisse runs until 20 April.

If your house is awash with corrugated cardboard boxes (the plain brown kind, not the ones with a shiny skin), don’t chuck them in your recycling bin, but put them to work in the garden. Put a layer down in your shed to soak up winter mud and wet, then, once it’s sodden, rip it into small pieces and add to the compost heap in thin layers to soak up moisture, or lay it on vegetable beds as a weed-suppressant mulch.

Invasive Species: Developers See Green in Community Gardens

One evening last fall, a few members of the Maple Street Community Garden, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, settled into the 6,000-square-foot lot to watch the sunset. Two years earlier, neighborhood residents had taken over the lot, which had been left vacant and seemingly owner-less for 15 years following a house fire. Members built raised planting beds, started a compost program and hosted cookouts in the space. The garden had started to feel like a permanent part of the neighborhood, which like many in Brooklyn was undergoing gentrification and change.

Gardens in Art: Sow, Grow, Repeat Winter

We’re all familiar with Monet’s waterlily paintings, but did you know he was a gardener first? This week Alys Fowler and Jane Perrone visit Painting the Modern Garden: From Monet to Mattise - a new blockbuster show at the Royal Academy of Arts.

A panel of three experts join Alys and Jane in the studio to discuss the show: garden designer Sophie Walker; Eileen Hogan, who is artist in residence at the Garden Museum in London and Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, and Clare Willsdon, author of book In the Gardens of Impressionism and Professor of the History of Western art at the University of Glasgow

Derby College: Students ask for help to turn Broomfield Hall's gardens into tourist attraction
DERBY College students are appealing for help to turn Broomfield Hall's historic gardens into a booming visitor attraction.

The gardens, at the hall near Morley, are due to undergo a programme of restoration, which will be carried out by head gardener Samantha Harvey and her team of horticulture students.