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Gardens to visit

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens | Comments Off on Gardens to visit

Alswick Hall Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0AA This is a Tudor house with 5 acres of landscaped gardens, set in unspoiled farmland. It includes two natural ponds with rockeries, herbaceous borders, shrubs, roses, extensive dahlia beds, a woodland walk and a wild flower meadow. A lovely location, with a Plant Fair on the 11th September. Opening times: 11th September 2-5pm Entrance fees: Adults: £5.00 / Children: £0.00 Contact: Cathy Curtis – Telephone:01992 585969   Huntsmoor Stoney Lane, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 0DP A Rose garden, rhododendron border, arboretum,...

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GARDENS TO VISIT

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Threshing Barn,Bullsmill Lane, Waterford, Hertford, SG14 2RF The Threshing Barn is a conversion dating back to the 1890s, in the peaceful rural setting of Waterford with a nature reserve in close proximity and open views across the Beane flood plain. The river side garden is a mix of perennial and herbaceous borders leading down to the stream. Evening opening Friday 8 July (6 – 9pm). Wine. Sunday 10 July (2 – 5.30pm). Home-made teas. Admission £4.00, children free. 8 Chapel Road Breachwood Green, Hitchin SG4 8NU In the heart of the village surrounding a C17 cottage is an...

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Gardening vs the Gym

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens | 0 comments

We are often asked why we do our job, well this article from The Mail is one reason: Take off your running shoes and slip on your wellies, because doctors say taking up gardening is just as good as going to the gym. Half an hour of digging burns 150 calories, the same period raking a lawn burns 120 and pushing a lawn mower for 30 minutes burns 165. While running may use up slightly more doctors are increasingly trying to encourage people to take up lighter activities that they can weave into their daily routine. Many people are intimidated by gyms and strenuous fitness programmes, and...

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Rustling End Cottage Garden

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Open Gardens, Places to visit | Comments Off on Rustling End Cottage Garden

Rustling End, Codicote SG4 8TD (Take the B656 north from Codicote or south from Hitchin. Going north from Codicote, after 1 mile turn left into ‘Three Houses Lane’ (going south from Hitchin take the B656 towards Codicote, travel through Langley then turn right into ‘Three Houses Lane’). Then take the first turning on the right to Rustling End. Rustling End Cottage is the second house on the left-hand side of the lane. Meander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary,...

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Organic Weed Control

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Weed Control | 0 comments

Organic Weed Control

Pulling weeds by hand is not always easy or practical, especially when they are on a patio or driveway. At ARCH we do not use chemical weed-killers and prefer to use organic solutions which are safer for children and pets. We’ve listed a couple of ways to tackle weeds below, however bear in mind that they may also kill surrounding plants unless you make sure to apply to the weed only. Use when there’s no sign of rain for at least a day or two, hot sunny weather will give you best results. Vinegar – Kill weeds dead with a good shot of vinegar. For best results, don’t...

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Gardens to visit: July – August 2015

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Did you know, that England is the most garden-loving country in the world, with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else. London is the Garden Capital of the world, in the sense of having a higher proportion of garden-loving residents than any other capital city. However, there are disappointingly few great English gardens in London: one therefore has to travel by car or train to other English regions to find great gardens to visit. The most famous period in English garden history is the eighteenth century, when the original English landscape gardens were made. Alswick Hall,...

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