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Great offers on Orange and Lemon plants, rhubarb, and how to get fit by gardening. Plus a special offer on Toby Buckland's latest version of How to Make Your Garden Grow
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Orange and lemon trees: buy 10 for only £15

Homes & Property readers can buy a delightful Panama Orange and Citrus Lemon trees, which make stunning decorative pot plants all year round. Kept indoors from October and moved to a patio in summer, they flower in July and set fruit in August and September.

Buy one lemon or one orange tree for £9.99, or save £5 when you buy both for only £14.98.

To order, send a cheque, payable to TMYP Ltd, to Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES55 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN, call 0844 573 2020, quoting MRES55, or online at

Your contract for supply of goods is with TMYP Ltd. All orders will be acknowledged with a dispatch date. Offer applies to UK mainland only and is subject to availability. Offer closes 30 April 2009.

Rhubarb offer: buy three crowns for £13.90 (saving £6.95)

Rhubarb is easy to grow and is one of the first fruits of the year. Being a long lived perennial plant, it needs little attention. Rhubarb Timperley Early has thick stems, good flavour, and as its name suggests, is earlier than many of the other classic rhubarbs. With its huge leaves and bright red leaf stalks it makes a great addition to a herbaceous border.

Buy one crown grown in the “rhubarb triangle” of Yorkshire for £6.95, or buy three crowns for £13.90 and save £6.95.

To order, call the credit card hotline: 0870 950 5914 and quote R19313HP, or send a cheque, payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to: The Standard Rhubarb Offer (R), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Prices include UK p&p. Offer closes 7 April 2009.

Book offer: RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design

From paving to plant choice, small projects or complete redesigns, the latest RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will help readers create outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment.

Special offer price of £19.99 including free p&p (RRP is £25.00)

To order, call the DK Bookshop on 08700 707 717, quoting the offer reference: ‘RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design/HW'. This offer is subject to availability. Customers should allow up to 14 days for delivery. Offer open to UK residents only. Offer closes 30 April 2009.

Tony Buckland's reissued book

Reader offer on Toby's book

Toby Buckland’s first full year as lead presenter of the BBC's Gardeners’ World at its new location at Greenacre in Birmingham, will start on 3 April. Buckland’s reissued book, How to Make Your Garden Grow, from publisher Mitchell Beazley, comes out at the same time. The book fits Buckland’s signature “all-encompassing” style. “It was written in 2003 and has new design and layout. It’s still tied into what I believe in - the practical approach, a fresh way to look at plants,” he says.

“The book is helpful with what plants to buy at garden centres and nurseries, choosing the right shapes but also looking at how plants perform and the general colour scheme,” he adds.

The book also provides plenty of information for the more experienced gardener and describes how to maintain and protect plants for years, with chapters on planting, pruning and pest control.

Homes & Property readers can buy a copy of How To Make Your Garden Grow for the special price of £9.75 with free postage and packing (RRP £12.99). To order your copy, call 01903 828503 and quote reference MB217.

Eco candles for your garden

Eco candlemaker True Grace has launched a budget range of ‘Walled Garden’ candles (£12 each). Fragrances include: Apple Blossom, Blackcurrant Leaves, Cucumber, Fig, Grapefruit, Hyacinth, English lavender, Lemon Tree, Meadow, Moroccan Rose, Rosemary & Eucalyptus, Seashore, Stem Ginger, Vine Tomato, Wild Lime and new Wild Mint.

The products are made from beeswax and soy wax and burn for 40 hours. The hand-poured range come in zinc containers. Call 01985 210 894 or visit

Sculptor David MacIlwaine and his work for Clifton Nurseries


From April: Sculptor David MacIlwaine hopes to woo visitors to Clifton Nurseries between April and September. The artist, whose work graces celebrity haunt River Café and the Royal Parks, will unveil 20 pieces at Clifton’s London canalside. “I try to evoke a magical moment or a person’s charisma,” says MacIlwaine, whose clients include Jamie Oliver. Works will include the Saxophonist, the Cricket Player, the Pianist and Walking the Dog. Prices range from £250 to £6,000. Clifton Nurseries, 5a Clifton Villas, W9 (020 7432 1866;

2 April: take a specialist evening tour of Hampton Court Palace’s formal gardens and help raise money for the National Garden Scheme. The tour will take in the new heraldic Tudor courtyard, which has been opened to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s succession to the throne. Booking is essential. For tickets, call 0870 751 5175, or visit Admission cost £6. Tours take place from 6.30pm to 8pm.

5 April: Chelsea Physic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in London, is open for the National Gardens Scheme from noon to 6pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £5 for children. For more information, call 020 7352 5646 ext 30, or visit

7 April: Ronnie Blythe will talk about his new book, ‘Outsiders’: a collection of essays on his garden friends over five decades, at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Tickets are £10 (£5 to Friends of the Garden Museum). Dr Blythe lives and gardens in the house where the painter and plantsman John Nash made a garden in the 1930s and 1940s. To book tickets, call Jess Turtle on 0207 401 8865 ext 822. For further information, visit

15 April: Garden designer Beth Chatto will talk about her life and work with her old friend, Alan Titchmarsh on 15 April 2009 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm. This is an exclusive to Friends of the Garden Museum. Tickets are £25. To book tickets, call Jess Turtle on 0207 401 8865 ext 822. For further information, visit

Tips for easier gardening:

* Raise the soil level or use raised beds to make accessing your garden easier.

* Line containers and hanging baskets with plastic to help prevent them from drying out.

* Divide up flower and vegetable patches – this will make it easier to maintain an area in one gardening session.

* Choose climbing plants that are self-clinging – no support is required and they do not have to be regularly tied up.

* Avoid very fast-growing plants, which will require frequent pruning.

* Select plants from which you can easily take cuttings – you can use these to fill gaps in the garden.

* Use mulches of bark, plastic or gravel to help suppress weed growth and conserve moisture in the soil.

* Replace hedges with fences for easier maintenance.

* Use ground-cover plants to cut down on weeding.

* Vary your gardening tasks to work different parts of your body – it’s great exercise in the sun.

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