A real feelgood garden in Kuching, Malaysia

Want to feel inspired? There are some great people in the world doing great things. In 2014 the Kuching and Samarahan Division Cerebral Palsy Association launched a fundraising campaign to build a first-of-its-kind Wishes Garden – a place where children with cerebral palsy and their families could relax both mind and body. The garden was … Continue reading “A real feelgood garden in Kuching, Malaysia”

Ready for your visit: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

This beautiful and unique botanical garden is dedicated to preserving and being a living seed bank for tropical plants from around the world. It has over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera. It is right on the ocean and the walking trails in the garden are said to provides loads of … Continue reading “Ready for your visit: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden”

Want wildlife to flourish in your garden? Keep dead tree trunks around

I like things to be tidy. Sometimes that’s not a good thing. My garden has some dead trees, including the trunks of long-dead palm trees. My first thought when I noticed the trunks was to have them cut down by an arborist, but after a few years of living in this house I’m so glad … Continue reading “Want wildlife to flourish in your garden? Keep dead tree trunks around”

Don’t remove the large trees from your garden!

I always feel a bit depressed when I see gardens that have had all of their palm trees and tall shrubs removed, presumably done to reduce the time it takes their owners to maintain them. A lush green landscape is good for everyone. It helps reduce noise, pollution and produces oxygen. Humans are hard-wired to … Continue reading “Don’t remove the large trees from your garden!”

Visit a special garden: The St Petersberg Sunken Gardens in Florida

St Petersburg is a lovely mid-sized town on the coast of Florida, with a very special garden that’s more than a century old. It’s famous Sunken Garden is a 6 hectare oasis, originally built by a visionary plumber who purchased the land in 1903 to devote to his gardening hobby. In 1999 the city government … Continue reading “Visit a special garden: The St Petersberg Sunken Gardens in Florida”