Gardening & Environment

The family of grasses, the Poaceae, is the fifth largest, with 12,000 species. Their physical stature varies enormously, from low growing bents on golf greens, to pretty ornamental grasses grown in gardens, to the bamboos and elephant grasses used to feed pandas and burn for energy.

Grasses are also crucial for life. They act as a larger carbon sink than the Amazon rainforest and are used to manage floodwaters, improve soil health and provide erosion control on slopes and roadside verges.

The blogs I write here demonstrate how gardeners and researchers are increasingly using grasses to create amazing gardens, as well as helping to save our planet.

When is a lawn, not a lawn?

I saw grass specialist Neil Lucas the other day at the Hertfordshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society talking about the use of grass in gardens in California and Las Vegas.

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Grasses feature in Chelsea Fringe e-book project

I was honoured to be asked to contribute to an e-book project collated by the lovely people at Modern Mint, a creative garden design company based in Essex, which also runs a lovely internet shop for gardeners. The idea of Modern Mint owner Darren Lerigo (a...

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My grass year in pictures!

My grass year in pictures! I have seen some amazing grass this year – on farms, in gardens, in the countryside and in one of the temples of British sport! Here is a snapshot of some of these wonderful grassy places and events…

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Never underestimate the value of flower meadows

Enchanting. That was the word that summed up my visit to Greys one sun-bathed evening this week. I arrived slightly harried and uptight after a long, hot day – but left revived and smiling. The 200ha (500 acre) farm of Edward and Annie Darling sits perched atop Therfield Heath, at a point where Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire meet.

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