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Christmas tree care guide

Geoff Hodge offers his timely advice on how to get the best from your Christmas tree.

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Choosing your Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of most people’s Christmas festivities and a real Christmas tree not only looks great – but smells wonderful too.

Christmas cabbage

Christmas cabbage

Create a truly scrumptious side dish to your festive feast, using red cabbage. Even the most reluctant cabbage fans will love this recipe.

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A royal Christmas dinner

Is your festive offering fit for a King or Queen? Just what was on the Christmas table fresh from the garden three hundred years ago?

Christmas gifts for houseplant parents

What can I buy for a houseplant addict for Christmas? Jean Vernon offers some festive ideas, including something very apt for vegans!

decorated artificial Christmas tree

Why I love Christmas trees

Geoff Stonebanks outlines his love affair with Christmas trees past and present. I have always loved Christmas, going back as far as I can remember. Throughout the 60’s, 70’s and most of the 80’s, my parents ran a country pub and I would help my mother decorate it for Christmas. I probably started helping her […]

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What is the best Christmas tree?

When it comes to buying your real Christmas tree, make it the best you can buy. Jean Vernon has plenty of advice.

Rosemary and sage with bay and peppers

Get festive with herbs

Herbs are not just great for cooking. Use your herbs creatively this Christmas to add their essence, presence and power to the festivities.

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Mistletoe demystified

From Christmas kisses to growing from seed, Tamsin Westhorpe shares her pick of facts about this mysterious parasitic plant.


Five ways with Poinsettia plants

The best-selling Christmas plant of them all, poinsettias are sold in a range of sizes and colours. They make great pot plants, but with a bit of creativity can also be used as decorations.

What’s so festive about holly and ivy?

Jean Vernon extols the virtues of the winter evergreens holly and ivy explores some of the myths and legends that relate to some of these seasonal plants

Xmas wreath

How to make a Christmas wreath

A Christmas wreath is one of the easiest decorations to make and it is quite easy to collect all the foliage you need to make one from the garden.

Can I create a garden themed Christmas?

When you think of Christmas and the garden, for me the top two things that come to mind are holly and ivy. These are two of the traditional and stereotypical decorations for this time of year. Why not gather some from your own garden and hang around your doorways and window frames to really give […]

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

If you are tired of the rush of red poinsettias that hit the shops before the festive season, look out for the crisp white beauties available this season and ring the changes

Christmas trees on TV

Award-winning garden designer Geoff Stonebanks brings his Christmas trees indoors and features on national TV

Christmas trees for the birds

Geoff Stonebanks has created a lovely Christmas tree for the birds and a home made wreath inspired by what he has found in the house and garden.


Poinsettias as cut flowers

Poinsettias make great festive cut flowers and will last up to two weeks. Here are 5 great ideas for using poinsettias as cut flowers.

Christmas tree

Christmas tree dilemma

It may pay to shop around for your Christmas tree this season because a glut of cheap imports are due come into the UK.


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