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Down to Earth: After darkness comes the light

24 April 2022
Down to Earth: After darkness comes the light

Down to Earth: After darkness comes the light

24 April 2022

In the garden as in life, we have to go through dark times in order to see the light, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Embracing wildlife in the garden

06 March 2022
Down to Earth: Embracing wildlife in the garden

Down to Earth: Embracing wildlife in the garden

06 March 2022

Whether you’re feeding the birds or planting your borders, instead of trying to coax exotics into your garden, embrace the species which thrive there


Down to Earth: Why it's worth following your heart

30 January 2022
Down to Earth: Why it's worth following your heart

Down to Earth: Why it's worth following your heart

30 January 2022

When Cambridge’s Robert Barker decided to change career lanes in his 30s and become a garden designer, it was a true follow-your-heart moment


Down to Earth: Structure makes winter gardens sing

09 January 2022
Down to Earth: Structure makes winter gardens sing

Down to Earth: Structure makes winter gardens sing

09 January 2022

Give your garden structure in the form of hedging and it will look lovely year-round, even in the dead, dread days of January, says Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Get a tree for the garden this Xmas

12 December 2021
Down to Earth: Get a tree for the garden this Xmas

Down to Earth: Get a tree for the garden this Xmas

12 December 2021

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a tree - and neither are our gardens, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Time to take horticultural stock

05 September 2021
Down to Earth: Time to take horticultural stock

Down to Earth: Time to take horticultural stock

05 September 2021

If this year’s changeable weather has taken a toll on your garden, September is the month to take stock. Cambridge designer Robert Barker explains


Down to Earth: The rewards of gardening wild

13 August 2021
Down to Earth: The rewards of gardening wild

Down to Earth: The rewards of gardening wild

13 August 2021

Don’t get too hung up on weed-free borders and stripe-mown lawns. Gardening on the wild side brings its own rewards, writes Cambridge's Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Every plant has a happy place

04 July 2021
Down to Earth: Every plant has a happy place

Down to Earth: Every plant has a happy place

04 July 2021

Every plant has a happy place. Find it and your garden will thrive whatever the seasons throw at it, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Enjoy a day out with the NGS

09 June 2021
Down to Earth: Enjoy a day out with the NGS

Down to Earth: Enjoy a day out with the NGS

09 June 2021

The National Garden Scheme is back and June’s the perfect month to admire someone else’s handiwork, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Gardens are for life, not for show

02 May 2021
Down to Earth: Gardens are for life, not for show

Down to Earth: Gardens are for life, not for show

02 May 2021

A garden doesn’t have to be fit for Chelsea Flower Show to be your happy place, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Spring reminds us to seize the day

04 April 2021
Down to Earth: Spring reminds us to seize the day

Down to Earth: Spring reminds us to seize the day

04 April 2021

The natural beauty spring brings is a timely reminder to enjoy the moment, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: How gardening helps us look forward

03 February 2021
Down to Earth: How gardening helps us look forward

Down to Earth: How gardening helps us look forward

03 February 2021

It’s time to open a new chapter, both in life and our gardens, says Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: The joy of bringing outside in

25 December 2020
Down to Earth: The joy of bringing outside in

Down to Earth: The joy of bringing outside in

25 December 2020

Seeing red both indoors and out lifts festive spirits, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth: Paint your plot in autumn's palette

06 October 2020
Down to Earth: Paint your plot in autumn's palette

Down to Earth: Paint your plot in autumn's palette

06 October 2020

Though flowers may be fading, autumn can still be a season full of colour in the garden, writes Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down To Earth: Time to take charge in the garden

18 September 2020
Down To Earth: Time to take charge in the garden

Down To Earth: Time to take charge in the garden

18 September 2020

While we’ve little or no control over the world outside the garden gate, taking charge of our own plots feels especially good, writes Robert Barker


Down to Earth: How gardens give us solace

19 May 2020
Down to Earth: How gardens give us solace

Down to Earth: How gardens give us solace

19 May 2020

No matter the size or state of your garden, it can provide much-needed solace, says Cambridge designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth with Robert Barker

12 April 2020
Down to Earth with Robert Barker

Down to Earth with Robert Barker

12 April 2020

Full of hope, joy and colour, spring-flowering bulbs are among nature’s greatest wonders, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker


Down to Earth with Robert Barker

03 March 2020
Down to Earth with Robert Barker

Down to Earth with Robert Barker

03 March 2020

Spring’s small pleasures - birdsong, blossom, a blue sky - are among the keys to happiness, writes Cambridge garden designer Robert Barker