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Gardening Web Site Review

 

Mary Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?         

With silver bells and cockle shells,                    

And pretty maids all in a row....                     

If only gardening were as simple as that little nursery rhyme. But it isn`t, so we are searching out what are, in our opinion, some of the best internet gardening web sites for helping beginners get started, and the more proficient among you keep up with current trends, or just for something to read on a rainy day...

http://www.crocus.co.uk 

This website has the `wow` factor. Whether you are a new or seasoned gardener, Crocus has something of value for everyone. I have signed on for regular e-mails which will give me helpful hints, and also sent for their brochure. You can search for plants and buy them on-line, and if you want they will even plant them for you on delivery and send you regular e-mails to remind you of the care routine for the plants. Crocus have plant doctors on-line seven days a week to help you if you have a problem. There is a design service, a garden maintenance facility, and they will even `garden sit` while you are on holiday and make sure your garden is watered, weeded and the lawn cut.  As I said "wow"...  

 

http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk 

The gardens at Barnsdale in Rutland were built by Britains best loved Television gardener Geoff Hamilton over several years for BBC TV Gardeners' World programme & various other BBC specials. Since Geoff's death in 1996, his gardens have been open to the public & include a nursery of choice & unusual plants, mainly propagated from the gardens. You can now book your visit to Barnsdale Gardens online and they have a number of Barnsdale products for sale by mail order. A lovely website for a nostalgic `rainy day`read.

 

 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk 

There cannot be many people who have not heard of the National Trust and the wonderful work they do, restoring and preserving many of the country`s finest historical buildings and landscapes. Here you can read about all their projects past and present, and much, much more.

 

http://www.kew.org 

This is the website of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Gardens, Surrey, and is one for the serious gardeners. There is detailed information about the very rare Titan Arum Lily which recently flowered for just the fourth time in the garden`s history.

 

 

http://www.hdra.org.uk

This website is a must for those people who want to grow their own crops and plants without the use of pesticides. Whether you have a small suburban garden, a back yard or a stately home, you can grow organically. Tasty crops, beautiful flowers, luxurious lawns - all are possible without using harmful chemicals.

 

 

More gardening related websites next month..

 

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