20 garden room ideas to enhance your backyard and lifestyle

The best garden room ideas will see you enjoying a natural extension of your home, all without the hassle and costs of actually extending a house. Contemporary or classic style garden rooms will not only visually enhance your outdoor space but, they have endless practical perks too. 

With transformative backyard ideas, you can create more separation from daily home routines, and add a little luxury – whether you want a small garden room hidden in an unused corner of the land, or a shepherd’s hut acting as your full-time office space – there are endless options. With modular rooms of

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How to design a garden | Outdoor & Garden

Suss out the soil

Good soil is crucial for a healthy, beautiful garden. There are many different types – chalk, clay, sand, peat and loam – with loam the best of all. Knowing which type of soil you have will help you decide which plants you can grow, as well as how well they’ll grow once planted. It can also be important for landscaping projects, as some are harder to work with than others.

We also recommend testing your soil to find out its pH (the acidity). Some plants prefer ericaceous soil (acidic) while others like lime (alkaline) soil. And

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Wildlife Garden Ideas & Planning your Design

Choosing plants

Choosing the right kind of plants for you, your garden and the wildlife in it, is an important part of building a successful nature friendly space.

Find out as much as you can about the soil, and whether your garden is sunny or shady. Many plants need specific soil and light conditions. Look around and find out what grows well in your local area, or find plants that require similar conditions to those already thriving in and around your garden.

Think about foliage as well as flowers, try to include leaves of different colours, shapes and textures,

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Garden Design Ideas & Advice | Garden Landscaping

Create the perfect outdoor space with our expert garden landscape ideas and design advice. When it comes to planning a new back garden or front garden, there is so much to consider and think about. We can help you shape your garden layout ideas and create a gorgeous garden landscape design to work with. As well as garden planning advice, our articles are jampacked full of inspiration, including contemporary garden designs, Mediterranean garden ideas, and even garden pathway ideas. We’ve got the knowledge to help you create the ideal outdoor space to suit your style and needs. Whether you want

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Hanson’s Garden Village hosts gardening class for kids | Local News

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WJFW) – On Saturday, Hanson’s Garden Village located a couple miles south of Rhinelander hosted a mini leprechaun garden class along with a scavenger hunt all designed for kids. Today was the first planting class of the garden center’s season, with a theme inspired by the upcoming holiday just a few days away. Manager Beth Hanson says the main goal of this class is to educate kids on what they can do outdoors. Saying she enjoys giving children the chance to use their creative skills. “The mini gardens are really fun for kids, there are a lot

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Clydebank schools amongst national design finalists

Designs by Linnvale Primary and Gavinburn Primary are two of 42 entries to make it through to the final of this year’s Pocket Garden Design Competition, inspired by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

It is the second year in a row that Linnvale have made it through to the last stage of Scotland-wide competition, with nearly 200 schools submitting budding garden designs based on a certain theme each year.

Their entry design was built in a suitcase and displays flags of different nations. The school gave their entry the title ‘My New Home’.

Gavinburn pupils, meanwhile, celebrated Scottish history and

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Renfrewshire schools shortlisted in Pocket Garden contest

Newmains Primary, in Renfrew, and Ralston Primary, in Paisley, are among 42 schools to be shortlisted in this year’s Pocket Garden Design competition.

The contest, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, saw pupils across the country being encouraged to develop designs for a garden reflecting the interlinked themes of A Garden of Celebration, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.

This year’s finalists have now been invited to build and grow their garden at school before filming or photographing it to be displayed as part of an online interactive showcase garden which will be made available to the public this summer.


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Rosneath Primary: Pocket garden design entry wins place in final

Rosneath Primary has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Pocket Garden Design Competition out of almost 200 entrants across 28 local authorities.

It’s the second year in a row that pupils from Rosneath have made it through to the national final.

The 42 designs have now been invited to build their garden and film or photograph it as part of an online showcase to the public in June.

A pocket garden is a mini garden that uses edible plants, plants to attrack wildlife and ones that reuse something that would normally be thrown away, said environmental charity Keep

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14 ways to give insects the 5 Star treatment

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Clacks pupil wins garden design contest

Jackson Mackenzie, an S1 pupil at Clackmannanshire Schools’ Support Service, won the eighth edition of the contest with his bus-shaped garden design.

His garden touched on his love for buses and will include a bug hotel, bird feeders, wild flowers and bulbs.

Organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the competition aims to showcase school pupil’s imaginations and promote sustainability through their designs.

Eve Keepax, education and learning officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Pocket Garden is uplifting.

“This year’s new theme of A Garden of Celebration has opened the door to an outpouring of ideas of what children want to celebrate

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