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The Dahlia Papers

My name is Non Morris. I am a garden designer based in South London and Suffolk and I write about gardens. I am interested in the close observation of plants – both in a garden context and in the wild – and in applying this knowledge intensively to create gardens that are comfortable and enriching places to be all year round.

I have always had a strong visual focus to my work. My background is in art history and film and television. The Dahlia Papers is a journal of what I am looking at and thinking about – it is about plants and gardens but also about art, photography, design, architecture and the environment. I aim to write a post every month.

Daisy Digga

I live in Dorset. I absolutely love my garden and am out there at every opportunity. I also write. Work gets in the way of both of these pursuits but is a the moment!

Dig My Veg

My blog is about my small kitchen garden here in Somerset.

The garden is my antidote to work life so my approach to gardening is pretty relaxed. It's about putting things into perspective and enjoying the moment as much as it is about growing and cooking my own fresh fruit and vegetables.


Hi, thanks for visiting the blog. I’m Nic, a garden designer, community garden volunteer, enthusiastic home gardener, gluten free cook and mum to two budding growers. Join me as I follow my crops from plot to plate, explore new plants and create an outdoor space for family and friends to enjoy…

Ellen Mary Gardening

I love gardening, growing my own vegetables and sowing the seeds of nature to novice gardeners. I enjoy keeping things simple and fun.

I also write for numerous National magazines and online articles as a freelance journalist, along with running social media accounts for numerous horticultural businesses across the UK.

I have a particlar interest in Urban Gardens, upcycling, recycling and wildlife gardening along with community work but I also love getting my hands dirty in a rural space.

The Event Gardener

I’m Sandra,  a mad-keen allotmenteer, currently working my second plot, which I’ve been custodian of for four years (I had my first one, which I had to give up when I moved, for seven).

With the price of basic vegetables so low at the moment, I’ve turned the whole plot over to what I call my Event Allotment – where every new crop is not just a new veg for the table, but an event in itself.

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I have a life-long love of all things plants, learning by visiting and photographing far-flung gardens with my mother, whom I adore.   In addition to my degree in biochemistry, I hold certificates in Permaculture Design, Small-Farming and Ranching, and have completed the Pro-Hort Master Pruning course. I have get-your-hands-dirty experience in front-yard flower farming providing unique blooms for select local florists, event work, and hyper-local CSA Bouquet subscriptions.   I am working on drought-tolerant landscaping, container design, and volunteer with the Hardy Plant Society of Washington.  I co-founded the Cascadia Elementary School Garden in Wallingford and am designing their new school garden scheduled to open in 2017.


Written by a garden designer with 40 years of experience in horticulture, gardening & design, this blog seeks to help the keen private garden owner that perhaps can’t afford a super new garden but wants some information every couple of weeks about how to get there their own way but with a little help.

Dinchope Diary – Life in a Wildlife Garden

Jenny Steel is a plant ecologist and author who specialises in wildlife gardening. She lives in South Shropshire in the village of Dinchope where hers is the only house. She has a two acre wildlife garden where she records as much of the visiting wildlife as she is able. She writes books and magazine articles on wildlife gardening. You can visit her websites at or

Diary of a Brussels Kitchen Garden

This Blog / Website is about vegetable growing in a small urban garden in a large modern city. With lack of growing area it deals with vertical growing and use of elevational space, growing from both a raised soil bed and a range of pots and containers. The aim is to get maximum plant growth out of minimal available space.

Elephant’s Eye on False Bay

Diana and Jurg Studer garden for biodiversity on False Bay. Fynbos on the mountain slopes around suburbia. Long summers and wet winters in our mediterranean climate.

Emma’s Allotment

Transforming an overgrown UK allotment

The Enduring Gardener

It is true to say that gardeners have an affinity with nature, more acutely aware of the turning of the seasons, eager witnesses of the gradual transformation of the months from January through to December. It is also true to say, that in common with each other they tend to be a resilient lot, hardy dependable and patient. Able to overcome the most extreme conditions, put up with set backs, never to give up in order to bring seeds to life, observe the emergence of new shoots, the explosion of blossom and the maturing of fruit. In essence gardeners are blessed with uncommon endurance and like the long distance runner, they’re in it for the duration.