The Way We Used To Garden: a conversation with a 96-year-old gardener

My grandmother Cynthia was born in 1921, and has lived within a couple of miles of the same South Derbyshire village for her entire life. She has always been an enthusiastic gardener and continues to tend to her perennials and vegetables to this day, despite losing most of her eyesight to macular degeneration about twenty…

The Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Party

During a week in which Britain has demonstrated itself to be exceptionally bad at several things, including but not limited to international relations, various sports, and summer, it is reassuring to remember that there are still some things we are good at. One of these is informative radio broadcasting, and another is horticulture, and therefore…

Gardening wisdoms from my first gardening year

It's over a year since we moved from a top-floor gardenless London flat to an Edinburgh tenement with front and back gardens and a large communal backgreen. It's a year since I looked in bewilderment at the unfamiliar shrubs, plants and trees, empty tubs by the front door, un-pruned roses and flopping peony stalks (I…