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Presented by The Garden Conservancy, internationally renowned garden designer Luciano Giubbilei will present an illustrated lecture on how the spirit of collaboration pushes his creative process further.
Hailed in the November 2013 issue of Vogue as “One of Britain’s most-wanted garden designers”, Arne Maynard will speak about his design philosophy of creating gardens which seem to naturally sit within their landscape or environment at the inaugural Robert Dash lecture for the Madoo Conservancy in New York City.
Visitors to the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle are greeted with a big black gate that warns "These Plants May Kill." Lurking beyond the miasmatic fog is a collection of over 100 botanic assassins & intoxicants that include the legendary deadly nightshade, strychnine, and mandrake, as well as ubiquitous garden plants like foxglove, datura, and laburnum.
Over on, well, the fringes of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is the Chelsea Fringe Festival. With community gardeners, "plant graffiti," and more, the Chelsea Fringe Festival is definitely worth checking out if you're already in London for the Flower Show. 
Frances Palmer, a member of our advisory board and an avid gardener, takes a short trip to Scotland and shares with us some of her photos and garden discoveries.
Built with mud, rocks, and plants, the extraordinary sculptures by sister and brother team Sue Hill and Pete Hill are living figures that suggest a fairy tale in the undergrowth. 
Has London one-upped Paris when it comes to vertical gardens on museum walls? The National Gallery in London unveiled a vertical garden that is a living reproduction of Van Gogh's "A Wheatfield, with Cypresses," using 8,000 living plants of more than 26 varieties.
A look at some of the gardens at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.
A human touch inhabits the sweeping gestures of the British landscape designer Jinny Blom:

 

"Take risks. If someone tells you something is impossible, see if you can do it. Gardening is a knife edge between disaster and serendipity."

In this garden, just 40 minutes from London, Jinny Blom converted a neglected hilltop farm into a garden of exquisitely designed rooms with an astonishing grand finale, overlooking a wide valley in the high chalklands.
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