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The Temperate Gardener

Primarily this blog is about recording what I do in my own garden to keep it colourful, interesting and in turn attractive and enjoyable throughout the year. It is my refuge and experimental ground for plant association ideas which I often copy or adapt into my clients gardens.

 I enjoy many successes and continue to learn and improve from my failures (before I copy them into my client’s gardens). I hope to inspire and guide other gardeners round avoidable stumbling blocks, wanting to experience the satisfaction of creating their own perfected personal slice of paradise on their doorstep, be it a window box, balcony or larger garden.


thinkinGardens seeks to explore:

Two Thirsty Gardeners

Rich and Nick began making their own cider in 2008, pilfering apples from anyone with a tree and brewing them in Rich’s garden shed. Four years later they acquired a neglected, overgrown allotment plot strewn with litter and without a patch of bare earth in sight. The first thing to get planted was an apple tree…

This website chronicles their battles with voracious slugs, destructive weeds and unexplained yeast infections as they attempt to produce a fresh vegetable harvest and turn some of the fruits of their labour into alcohol.

The Transatlantic Gardener

This blog is about...

Transatlantic views on garden plants, native plants, invasive plants, books about plants… Plus comment on wildlife, catalog(ue)s, the smartness and the absurdity of plant names, the transatlantic life, fishing, music and more... From Northamptonshire (zone 8) in England and the much icier Pennsylvania (zone 5) in the USA.

Tikorangi: The Jury Garden

Tikorangi is one of the few inter-generational, private gardens in New Zealand that has been intensively gardened through the decades. Conceived in the English landscape style of the first half of the twentieth century, it is an ongoing project – a  domestic garden that continues to change and develop. While the design has a debt to English gardening, the plant material spans the world, with particular emphasis on the sub tropics to warm temperate climes.

(And being in New Zealand, our winter is their summer. Dream on!)

The Two Fingered Gardener

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Thinking Outside the Boxwood

I knew I’d be a landscape designer when I was just a kid.

Growing up in Ohio and Iowa, I got to see my dad and uncles working in agriculture, and I was determined to make my own path.

I started this blog to share my inspiration and knowledge to gardeners everywhere.

I hope by providing guidance, tips and how-do basics, readers will find ways to make their outdoor living spaces feel even more like home.