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Alan Titchmarsh’s economic lesson on green shoots

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Economists should learn from the optimism of gardeners, if the country is to dig itself out of the current financial mess.
Speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group reception at the Houses of Parliament, Love Your Garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh said Britain’s gardeners are optimists, in contrast to the nation’s doom-laden economists.
Unlike economists and bankers who “whinge that the…

Alan Titchmarsh: the true cost of ‘dumbed down’ TV

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Telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said too much TV cash is wasted on “dumbed down” shows like the X-Factor.
Speaking at an awards dinner in London, the Love Your Garden presenter commented: “There is a world of difference between making something accessible and popular, and dumbing down.
“Dumbing down is traducing your principles and prostituting your principles. Making popular TV is allowing…

Alan Titchmarsh slams water firms over hosepipe bans

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TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has lashed out at water companies as hosepipe bans come into force.
“It has always been my bugbear that gardeners keep being blamed for [water] shortages – it’s not our fault at all,” said the ITV Love Your Garden host.
“Gardeners tend to be some of the most responsible people when it comes to looking after water…

Gadgets leave us out of touch with nature, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh has warned that society’s obsession with technology is making us lose touch with nature.
The former Gardeners’ World host said: “We are part of a fast-paced culture that’s become increasingly reliant on technology – in pressing a button we achieve our aims.
“But if that means we lose the ability to involve ourselves in a hands-on way with nature, to…

Does your garden need a makeover from Alan Titchmarsh?

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ITV is on the lookout for Amateur Gardening readers deserving of a full garden makeover by Alan Titchmarsh.
As Alan revealed in AG’s 4 February issue, his Love Your Garden series will be extended to six, hour-long episodes when it returns this summer.
For the first time, former Ground Force host Alan will makeover an entire garden for people who deserve a helping…

Exclusive: Alan Titchmarsh on busy Lizzie mildew crisis

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Gardeners must not be “snooty” about bedding plants and should fill plots with a riot of colour, telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said.
Former Ground Force host Alan told AG that gardeners will be forced to try different bedding plants this year, as retailers stop selling busy Lizzies due to the downy mildew crisis.
“It’s time to look again at bedding begonias…

Have your say: UK’s top 30 gardeners

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The Daily Telegraph has published a list of Britain’s top 30 most influential gardeners – but it contains a few surprises.
Alan Titchmarsh leads the great and good of the gardening world, even though he stood down as lead presenter of Gardeners’ World almost a decade ago.
Readers on The Daily Telegraph website bemoaned the omission of AG’s Bob Flowerdew, as well…

Vote for your favourite TV gardener

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The AG team delivers its verdict on 2011′s gardening TV. Do you agree? Have your say at the end of this article:
BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD – reviewed by AG editor Tim Rumball
ANY GARDENING programme on telly is a good thing, and I like Monty Don, so I watch Gardeners’ World regularly.
He’s intelligent, thoughtful and enjoys growing crops and ornamental plants. Monty…

Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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Green groups have lashed out after an influential organic gardener demanded the right to use peat.
Writing in AG, Bob Flowerdew, the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, made the ultimate organic taboo: he confessed to using a small amount of peat in loam-based sowing compost.

Bob argued that peat was a renewable resource and suggested: “Why not let us have…

Gardening to get own ‘Comic Relief’ day

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Gardening is to get its own version of Comic Relief.
The first Garden Re-Leaf Day will take place on 13 March with a nationwide programme of fund-raising events aimed at gardeners of all levels of expertise.
All proceeds will be donated to Greenfingers, the garden industry charity that creates gardens at children’s hospices.
Organiser Boyd Douglas-Davies said Garden Re-Leaf had been inspired by…