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Award winning wildlife garden – video added to our YouTube channel playlist.

Wildlife Gardening - Award winning wildlife garden - video added to our YouTube channel playlist. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna and more than 2,600 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. Wildlife garden profile, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London 1995 - 2016 Award winning garden. The Wildlife Garden is open daily from 24 March to early November, with regular free family events. Visits are welcome by arrangement during the winter months - just ask at an information desk inside the Museum or email Highlights and attractions Lady’s bedstraw, field scabious and wild carrot are in flower on the chalk down land. Speckled woods, red admirals, meadow browns and large white butterflies can be seen on sunny days. Common darter dragonflies and azure damselflies are regularly seen around the ponds Purple loosestrife, hemp agrimony and great willowherb attract bees and other pollinators. Fledgling wrens and blue tits can be heard...

What is ARBORICULTURE? Arboriculture meaning, definition & explanation.

What is ARBORICULTURE? What does ARBORICULTURE mean? ARBORICULTURE meaning, definition & explanation.
Arboriculture is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
The science of arboriculture studies how these plants grow and respond to cultural practices and to their environment. The practice of arboriculture includes cultural techniques such as selection, planting, training, fertilization, pest and pathogen control, pruning, shaping, and removal. A person who practices or studies arboriculture can be termed an 'arborist' or an 'arboriculturist'. A 'tree surgeon' is more typically someone who is trained in the physical maintenance and manipulation of trees and therefore more a part of the arboriculture process rather than an arborist. Risk management, legal issues, and aesthetic considerations have come to play prominent roles in the practice of arboriculture. Businesses often need to hire arboriculturists to complete "tree hazard surveys" and generally manage the trees on-site to fulfill occupational safety and health obligations. Arboriculture is primarily focused...

Over grafting apple trees – new varieties on existing trees!

Yes you can actually grow different varieties of apples on an existing tree! Over grafting simply explained - a must watch! Multiple cultivars of fruits such as apples are sometimes grafted on a single tree. This so-called "family tree" provides more fruit variety for small spaces such as a suburban backyard, and also takes care of the need for pollinators. The drawback is that the gardener must be sufficiently trained to prune them correctly, or one strong variety will usually "take over." also see - apple trees - fruit trees - pruning fruit trees - rootstock selection - trees & shrubs - wild fruit trees Grafting or graftage is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This vascular joining is called inosculation. The technique is most commonly used in asexual propagation of commercially grown plants for the horticultural and...

Capability Brown Celebrating 300 years with the National Trust — National Trust Press Office

Capability Brown

Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown with the National Trust — National Trust Press Office
2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape gardeners, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. A revered designer, entrepreneur and salesman, his nickname came from his fondness for describing country estates as having great ‘capabilities’ for improvement. He designed landscapes on an immense scale which provided the must-have setting for […]
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  • Born: 30 Aug 1716 · Kirkharle, United Kingdom
  • Died: 06 Feb 1783 · London
  • Lancelot Brown, more commonly known as Capability Brown, was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as "the last of the great English 18th century artists to be accorded his due", and "England's greatest gardener". He designed over 170 parks,...