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In the 26 April issue of Amateur Gardening magazine

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Kew Gardens to make 125 staff redundant

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Kew Gardens is to axe 125 of its 750 staff – to cut costs.
The royal botanic garden is facing a shortfall of £5million with bosses blaming financial woes on the “economic situation” in recent years. 
Despite the crisis, Kew was a star performer in 2013, attracting 1,324,499 visitors. That’s a rise of 29.4 per cent on 2012 (AG, 22 March).
A spokesman for…

Help for Heroes garden to honour war heroes

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A garden is to be built in honour of forces’ charity Help for Heroes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. 
The plot, designed by 29 year-old Matthew Keightley, will mark sacrifices made by British troops who are being withdrawn from Afghanistan this year. Many have suffered horrific injuries and long-term mental health problems.
It will be based on the shape…

Alan Titchmarsh launches gardening range at Waitrose

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Top telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has teamed up with Waitrose to bring out a new range of gardening products this spring. 
Former Ground Force host Alan, who last year was announced as an ambassador for the upmarket supermarket chain, will help the retailer to boost its gardening offer.
The first products to go into stores this month include grow-your-own lines such as seed…

Prince Charles to open organic gardens at Highgrove

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Gardeners are set to have a right royal nosey around the Prince of Wales’s patch.
Prince Charles’s organic gardens at Highgrove, in Gloucerstershire, will host a ticket-only spring tour on Wednesday 23 April in aid of charity Hospitality Action.
A spokesman for the event said: “Despite the wet winter, spring is finally showing through. The structure and form of the garden is…

Growing for showing is back in fashion, claims seed company

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Gardeners who like to grow for show have prompted a seed firm to launch a range of exhibition veg. 
Mr Fothergill’s has pooled 16 tried-and-tested varieties for exhibition growing, some of which are new to company, into one specialist line-up.
“Growing for showing is increasingly popular, often with gardeners who want to enter the spirit of their local show and compete for…

Garden centres stocking up for a record Easter

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Garden product makers are getting ready for a record Easter – as gardeners rush to fix plots that have been battered by a winter of storms.
Garden centres are expecting one of their busiest springs, as households get rain-lashed gardens into shape.
A spokesman for Scotts Miracle-Gro said winter flooding could lead to root death, phytophthora, dead lawns and waterlogged containers: “There…

Hosta to be named after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray

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A new hosta is to be served up for Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Hosta ‘Andy Murray’ will make its debut at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May – and tennis ace Andy and his family may be at the launch.
Vice-president of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, Diana Grenfell, told AG the hosta’s leaves represent the colours of the Scottish…

Pub drinkers compete to grow the longest bean

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Drinkers are to take part in a national contest to grow the longest runner bean.
Seed firm DT Brown heard that regulars at The Carpenters Arms near Ely in Cambridgeshire planned to compete to grow the longest bean of ‘Enorma’.
The firm’s Tim Jeffries hit on the idea of a national contest to discover which British pub or club could grow the…

Thinning pot-grown carrot seedlings

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IF YOU live in an area where carrot fly is a problem, as I do, you’ll find raising carrots in containers a lot easier than growing them in the open soil. Carrot flies lay eggs in the soil near carrot seedings, and the maggots that hatch out of them burrow into the carrot root, making it inedible. It is possible…