Chelsea Flower Show

The Russian gardening revolution: where the good life meets luxury

The winds of change are blowing in a new Russian Revolution that’s having a dramatic impact on some of the last vestiges of the Soviet Union and is making its mark in the UK, too. A people once ordered to dedicate any patches of soil they had to producing fruit and vegetables are now embracing the …

Gardening

Visit Grenada for a spiced-up holiday

Grenada is known as “The Spice Island” — and for good reason. It’s been a major producer of nutmeg for more than a century and one of its most …

Grenada

15 Pieces of Jewelry That Kate Middleton Wears on the Daily

Much as we'd like to imagine otherwise, a tiara and heirloom diamonds are not entirely the appropriate attire for the likes of the school run or a quick trip to the shops, so what's a royal mom to wear on a day-to-day basis? Since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge six years ago, she …

Royal Family

Dragon's Breath Is the World’s Hottest Pepper—And Eating It Could Kill You

Some peppers are so spicy that one bite might leave you wishing you were dead. With this pepper, it’s so spicy you could literally end up dead. Mike …

Indoor plant love: The coolest houseplants for your home

Houseplants seem to have made a big comeback these last few years. It’s not that they ever went anywhere, but a few factors have meant MUCH more …

Plants

UK & IRELAND HOLIDAYS PULL-OUT Archives

London Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park & West End Theatre<p>Loch Lomond Hogmanay<p>Fairytale York & St Nicholas Fayre<p>Pitlochry's Enchanted Forest<p>Blue Danube …

Archives

Hit-and-run victim Matthew Bradley's girlfriend says they planned to spend their lives together

The devastated girlfriend of a Northern Ireland man who was killed in an horrific hit and run has told how they had planned to spend the rest of …

News (Ireland)

Heartbroken family's tribute to 'funny, kind-hearted and generous' young man killed on Liverpool stag do

Matthew Bradley was enjoying a night out in the city with friends on Friday night when he was hit by a car in the Albert Dock area of the …

News (Ireland)

Look inside Merseyside mansion on sale for second time EVER in 150 years

An incredible mansion house has come on the market near St Helens - and it’s only the second time it’s gone on sale in 150 years.<p>Windle Hall in Crank …

Luxury

Seven Serene Japanese Gardens to Visit

A new Phaidon-published tome explores the storied history of horticulture in Japan<p>Sophie Walker, not content with simply being known as the young …

Gardening

Sculpture made of Valegro, Big Star and other equine legends’ shoes up for auction

The shoes of <b>equine legends Valegro, Big Star and Many Clouds</b> are among those making up a sculpture set to be auctioned this month.<p>Shoes from more …

Horses

Kelly Brook looks unrecognisable in new monobrow Instagram pictures

Unrecognisable but excellent.<p>We were feeling quietly confident about our Halloween costumes this year until we stumbled upon Kelly Brook's latest …

Kelly Brook

Sales of garden gnomes rose by 42% this year, reveals eBay

It's been listed as one of eBay's top shopping trends in their new retail report.<p><b>An increase in sales of garden gnomes has been the surprising</b> …

Trends

Countdown to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017: How Sheikh Zayed's love of plants proved a winner for one Emirati gardener

<b>In our Countdown to WorldSkills series, we are featuring five young Emiratis who have already embraced vocational skills and found success and</b> …

United Arab Emirates

Guerrilla Flower Installations That Don’t Last Long at All

Even the most ephemeral street art is not usually this fleeting: Minutes after the work is finished in the metallic glint of dawn, passers-by stop, stare — then carry bits of it away, until the whole thing collapses. The act of creation has been briefer than a spring shower; destruction comes even …

Art

Pictures of the Day: 30 September 2017

Harry Styles

Can This Garden Be Saved: ‘My Vegetable Garden Looks Messy’

A great kitchen garden depends on a delicate balance, hovering between “organized” and “chaos.” No matter how decadent the top half is, a grid of …

Gardening

It's 'The Husband' shirt: Deciphering the messages in Meghan Markle's wardrobe

At first glance, the plain white, slightly oversized shirt that Meghan Markle wore to Monday’s Invictus Games appeared unremarkable. Styling it with ripped jeans by Mother Denim and tan leather Sarah Flint flats, the surface message was that she was relaxed, effortless, and had barely given a …

Royal Family

Sparkle and shimmer

<b>Twinkle Khanna. Pic/AFP</b><p>We could not make it to the iridescent 10th anniversary celebrations of the country's leading fashion glossy, but by all …

India

Beautiful bird baths that will send your heart all of a flutter

Many birds, from wrens to pigeons and even gulls, will come to the bird bath, either to wash down dusty feathers or to take a quick drink. Here are …

Birds

At last, fund giant M&G cuts fees for direct investors

M&G has finally launched its delayed online investment service, cutting fees for 90pc of savers who deal directly with the asset manager.<p>The firm first announced that it was launching a lower cost service last May, saying it would become active later in summer 2016. But customers are only being …

Finance

Ridiculously Charming, Even for the Cotswolds: The Nursery at Miserden

When Julie Dolphin and her husband decided to “downsize” to a house with a view in the Cotswolds, they ended up with a plant nursery. Idyllically …

Flowers

Pat Albeck obituary

Designer whose exquisite patterns adorned bestselling products for John Lewis and the National Trust<p>Pat Albeck, who has died aged 87, was a prolific, gifted designer of printed textiles whose genius for flat pattern also took her into design for ceramics, wallpapers and a whole range of merchandise …

Little Red Riding Hood

Menorcan Muse: Lessons from the Labyrinth in an Ancient Quarry

Menorca is an island of stone; viewed from the Mediterranean it rises up on a shelf of rock, interrupted here and there by not-always-accessible …

Home

Seven of the UK's healing hospital gardens – in pictures

Hospital gardens can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. Junior doctor Nima Ghadiri picks some of his favourites

Gardening

A house with an extraordinary artistic past is on the market for £1.3 million

Renowned British painter Lucien Freud lived in Benton End House in 1940.<p>This stunning 16th century farmhouse would still be impressive and worth a …

Architecture

Put gardening at the heart of policy making, Tory MPs tell Whitehall in Theresa May-backed report

Encouraging gardening needs to be put at the heart of Government policy making, Tory MPs have said in a report backed by Theresa May.<p>A 56-page report from the Conservative Environment Network said that “getting more people gardening” has to be part of a “truly holistic, cross departmental, high …

Gardening

10 Ideas to Steal from London Roof Gardens

In the past decade London gardeners have radically transformed the way they use their rooftops, which in the past were largely ignored spaces. …

Gardening

Window walk London - September 2017

Latest windows<p>Window walk London - September 2017 +<p>Furrer Jacot - Paper Snake +<p>Bergdorf Goodman x Sean Slaney +<p>Prada x Galeries Lafayette +<p>Jigsaw - …

London travel ideas

Are you planning the trip of a lifetime to London or a city break to the UK capital? Let me help you plan the best trip ever with my London travel …

London