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Down to Earth: Make your garden a haven for wildlife

12 July 2024
Down to Earth: Make your garden a haven for wildlife

Down to Earth: Make your garden a haven for wildlife

12 July 2024

“Make wildlife at home in your world and your world will feel more like home,” writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Get your garden ready for summer

21 June 2024
Down to Earth: Get your garden ready for summer

Down to Earth: Get your garden ready for summer

21 June 2024

In the wake of all the wet weather, there are still jobs to do in the garden this June, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Get outdoors – and make the most of your garden

24 May 2024
Down to Earth: Get outdoors – and make the most of your garden

Down to Earth: Get outdoors – and make the most of your garden

24 May 2024

Lighter, longer days are cue to throw open the windows and doors - and remember the garden is but an outside room, writes Cambridge’s Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Why we should celebrate blossom season

05 April 2024
Down to Earth: Why we should celebrate blossom season

Down to Earth: Why we should celebrate blossom season

05 April 2024

The arrival of spring - season of blossoms, blue skies, renewal and optimism - is sure to lift spirits, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Meet the mother of modern garden design

29 March 2024
Down to Earth: Meet the mother of modern garden design

Down to Earth: Meet the mother of modern garden design

29 March 2024

Mien Ruys is the mother of modern garden design. The fact hers is not a household name is an injustice, writes Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Want to get kids into gardening? Plant potatoes

16 February 2024
Down to Earth: Want to get kids into gardening? Plant potatoes

Down to Earth: Want to get kids into gardening? Plant potatoes

16 February 2024

If you want to get your children interested in gardening, planting potatoes is the perfect place to start, writes Cambridge’s Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Struggling with self-care? Take pointers from plants

12 January 2024
Down to Earth: Struggling with self-care? Take pointers from plants

Down to Earth: Struggling with self-care? Take pointers from plants

12 January 2024

Just like plants, humans need to be treated with care to truly flourish, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Why Christmas would be incomplete without evergreens

22 December 2023
Down to Earth: Why Christmas would be incomplete without evergreens

Down to Earth: Why Christmas would be incomplete without evergreens

22 December 2023

What do Christmas decorations and gardens have in common? Both need a backdrop of evergreens to bind them together


Down to Earth: What to look for in the November garden

27 October 2023
Down to Earth: What to look for in the November garden

Down to Earth: What to look for in the November garden

27 October 2023

November may bring damp days and dark nights, but there’s delight to be found in the garden


Down to Earth: Trees can’t fail to attract attention in autumn

10 October 2023
Down to Earth: Trees can’t fail to attract attention in autumn

Down to Earth: Trees can’t fail to attract attention in autumn

10 October 2023

“Whether you are present enough to appreciate trees and nature all year round or not, it is hard not to take notice during autumn. . .”


Down to Earth: Why September is time to take stock in the garden

07 September 2023
Down to Earth: Why September is time to take stock in the garden

Down to Earth: Why September is time to take stock in the garden

07 September 2023

In the wake of fickle summer weather, September is the time to take stock in the garden, says Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: How to make your garden truly family-friendly

07 August 2023
Down to Earth: How to make your garden truly family-friendly

Down to Earth: How to make your garden truly family-friendly

07 August 2023

The school holidays call for a child-friendly garden. It’s wise to make changes temporary, though, says Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Reset your garden for summer’s heat

21 July 2023
Down to Earth: Reset your garden for summer’s heat

Down to Earth: Reset your garden for summer’s heat

21 July 2023

Instead of resenting summer’s hear, we need to reset both our minds and our gardens and make the most of it, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Why June is time to stop and smell the roses

29 May 2023
Down to Earth: Why June is time to stop and smell the roses

Down to Earth: Why June is time to stop and smell the roses

29 May 2023

With gardens reaching their peak in June, now’s the time to sit back and admire their beauty, says Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Waking up to the miracle of spring

19 April 2023
Down to Earth: Waking up to the miracle of spring

Down to Earth: Waking up to the miracle of spring

19 April 2023

"April is when spring hits us in the face like a splash of cold water and our hibernating senses wake up," writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Time to give the garden some TLC

05 March 2023
Down to Earth: Time to give the garden some TLC

Down to Earth: Time to give the garden some TLC

05 March 2023

Instead of making grand plans as spring begins, it's time to give your pots and borders some simple TLC, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Follow nature's example and go slow

22 January 2023
Down to Earth: Follow nature's example and go slow

Down to Earth: Follow nature's example and go slow

22 January 2023

Instead of resenting January’s quiet days, enjoy the small, simple pleasures a winter garden can bring, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Plant carefully for festive colour

21 December 2022
Down to Earth: Plant carefully for festive colour

Down to Earth: Plant carefully for festive colour

21 December 2022

lant carefully and your plot can be full of colour come Christmas, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Bringing outside in is good for you

06 November 2022
Down to Earth: Bringing outside in is good for you

Down to Earth: Bringing outside in is good for you

06 November 2022

Late autumn’s glowing colour palette can lift spaces and spirits, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: A garden should be for all seasons

11 October 2022
Down to Earth: A garden should be for all seasons

Down to Earth: A garden should be for all seasons

11 October 2022

A good garden shouldn't become dull and boring come autumn/winter. Pick the right plants and your scheme will shine, says Cambridge's Robert Barker