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Qui suis-je? Who am I? Wer bin Ich?

Trained as a plant biologist & ecologist in Belgium, I am currently working for a UK-based charity, Plant Heritage, which manages a network of recognised National Plant Collections®, aimed at conserving our plant diversity through cultivation.

I am fascinated by botany and plants in general, as well as the close relationships they have with animals, from grazers to pollinators.

I have a particular interest in plant systematics and taxonomy (yes, I confess to enjoying latin!).

Off The Edge Gardening

Rather like The Doctor and last night’s pasta, “On The Edge Gardening” has been reincarnated.  For those who know me it was inevitable that I would eventually go “Off the Edge”.  

Hopefully my journey into oblivion will not disappoint.  I am approaching these ramblings from a slightly different angle (darned sat nav) but will strive to include much in the way of plants, people and scandal from the shrubbery (although mainly other peoples’ this time).  Can I tempt you in with tales of gardens and gardeners, birds and beasties, with the odd glitter ball and occasional gymnastic move thrown in for good measure?  I do hope so ……

Old Vicarage Gardeners

We’re the Old Vicarage Gardeners, and we’re updating (sensitively, we hope,) our rather Gothic 18th-century Somerset vicarage, and grappling with its overgrown and shrub-laden garden. We plan to bring it into the brighter and airier light of the 21st horticultural century.

Louise Nicholls

My name is Louise Nicholls and I have worked in Horticulture full time since 1998. Based in South West London I am available as a garden consultant for all your garden needs.

As a garden owner and lover you wish to create your perfect space for whatever your lifestyle. Sometimes however the array of Horticultural terms can be daunting, overwhelming! What plant? Where? How to care for it?

With 20 years of hands on Horticultural experience, from show gardens to managing 9 acre Fruit, Vegetable & Ornamental gardens, I can assist you in making the right choices for your lifestyle and for your plants.

The next square metre


Old Dog. New Tricks

A woman grappling with serious who am I and what do I want to do with the rest of my life issues. You’d think I would know by now. After all I am fifty nine! But the great thing about getting older is the way it surprises you. By turning out to be nothing like you expected. So I don’t have all the answers. I don’t feel particularly grown up. I haven’t settled down and stopped wanting to do new things. And I’m always learning.

I am, however, a frustrated writer, with five novels under my belt that I can’t seem to get published. Luckily, in the gaps between writing, I’ve been getting up close and personal with my garden.

A new back garden, blogged

Pop quiz hotshot, two of the following statements are utter nonsense. I:

Oxonian Gardener

These are but the ramblings of a very keen, amateur gardener based in Oxfordshire. Not much of a surprise I suppose, as the title gives that away somewhat.

I am very lucky to be able to dabble in such a lovely garden, consisting of a walled garden, natural field, lawns and croquet lawn. The walled garden includes, herbaceous borders, rose walk, kitchen garden, fruit cage and greenhouse. We started working in the garden four years ago, which is up for public scrutiny once a year for the annual National Garden Scheme (NGS) open day.

Out of My Shed

Hello there. Welcome to 'out of my shed'. It's a blog about gardening in London throughout the year, with a visit now and then to some fab gardens further afield.

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Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments

Sometime in the 1980’s my husband suggested that we looked into taking on an allotment. We already had a vegetable patch in our garden but we wanted to grow more of everything - vegetables and flowers - and just didn’t have the space. At that time it was fairly easy to obtain an allotment quickly and we took on a plot on Green Lane as this was the nearest site to us with vacant plots. We set to work on the plot under the watchful eye of existing allotmenteers who were no doubt taking bets on how long we would last. The plot had been ploughed by the council which was a mixed blessing.