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Best in show at Gardeners' World Live


by James Alexander-Sinclair

It's very easy to be very worthy and very ethical, and make a rubbish garden, but Toby Buckland has avoided this pitfall...


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James Alexander-Sinlcair being filmed at Toby Buckland's Ethical Garden at Gardeners' World LiveIt's very easy to be very worthy and very ethical, and make a rubbish garden, but Toby Buckland has avoided this pitfall...



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Gardeners' World Web User 13/06/2008 at 11:01

You don't seem very keen on Gardeners' World Live, James. What would you change?

Gardeners' World Web User 13/06/2008 at 20:50

One of the presenters at the NEC today was inquiring about traditional scythes - contact Simon Fairlie at Tinker's Bubble near Yeovil (a low impact community) - my husband bought me two traditional scythes (one long and one short handle, lightweight and with Austrian blades) from them and they run courses on how to use the scythe, techniques, safety, care of the blade and son on...

Gardeners' World Web User 14/06/2008 at 08:18

Whatever makes a 'good' garden is personal opinion and having someone say that alot of the ones at G.World are 'rubbish' is helpful neither to the show or to the designers who exhibit there. What is good about this show is that there is such an mix of different types of showgardens and something for everyone to enjoy and take ideas from.

Gardeners' World Web User 17/06/2008 at 12:40

Hi James - I'm really interested to hear about this ethical garden. I don't know if you're able to answer personal questions - but could you give me some tips on how I could make my garden more ethical? It's just a small town garden, with a raised bed - and too much shade! I've got things like ferns, a fatsia, hellebores, hostas in there at the moment - and I'm growing herbs and salad leaves in pots in the one sunny corner. I also have a severe slug and snail problem (I can't bear to kill them, so it's my own fault). Hope you can help.

Gardeners' World Web User 17/06/2008 at 17:56

I had one of my best days out ever at this year's Roadshow. Some of the gardens didn't appeal to me, some did, but the overall experience was wonderful and provided much food for thought. Some of the plant sellers were very friendly and chatty as well as helpful and that helped to make the experience even better.

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