There is a whole range of friendships beyond those between flowers and local insects; planting vegetables, flowers and herbs near each other can either result in difficult relationships or great friendships. The good news is that you don't have to be a tree-whisperer to bring friendship to your garden; you just have to understand its roots.
As a nation, we still have a long way to go before we are able to say that every school child in the UK has access to a balcony, their own garden, a community garden or park, where they can learn about gardening, where their food comes from and just having fun with beautiful plants. But I can't help thinking that the enthusiasm I see on the faces of those children that come to our four gardens and Shows can only mean that we're doing the right thing.
What outdoor living look do you go for? From boutique hotel to chic country cottage, there are lots of great ways to inject the latest trends and comforts into your outside space. With furniture forming the social axis of our gardens, we explore the materials available and take our style leads from what's popular this year.
If you spend any amount of time on public transport, particularly in our anti-social, paranoid, abrasive capital city, you'll notice that the vast majority of people neither talk nor look at each other and instead opt to waste away their existences in the soul-destroying cesspool of social media, angry birds, BBC iPlayer and other such pointlessly depressing activities found on smart phones.