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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • The garden: a haven of peace in times of stress and turmoil
    Apr 20, 2020 8:00 am

    The garden: a haven of peace in times of stress and turmoil

    The garden, a place of peace and quiet; a place of refuge in times of stress and uncertainty; a sanctuary to ponder, rethink, dwell on issues in a quiet understanding way. It’s been that way through history, but particularly now when we are all...

  • The plot of land: is it yours?
    Mar 2, 2020 8:00 am

    The plot of land: is it yours?

    Your garden, or is it? Simply put, is it really what you want or enjoy looking at? If not, why? Perhaps you have not thought about it more than being just a green space.

    How often do you think about your garden? Have you ever really,...

  • Sustenance for the soul, food for the table
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    Sustenance for the soul, food for the table

    Horticulture has always been “green” but today, “green” is a driving force in the marketplace where people with environmental concerns are blossoming in numbers.

    Consider the not-so-new idea of staying healthy by growing your own fruit and...

  • Throwing some light on the subject
    Jan 8, 2020 8:00 am

    Throwing some light on the subject

    Designing a garden is, to many, an interesting exercise in creating a mix of plant types that hopefully will turn out to be an attractive area which appends the home. The main components of a garden are shrubs, palms and trees with a smattering...

  • The day after the week after Christmas
    Dec 13, 2019 8:00 am

    The day after the week after Christmas

    So, it’s the same old question: “What to buy a gardener for Christmas?” You now have a short period of time to make that decision.

    December invariably lends itself to everything else bar working in the garden — except for a quick clean-up...

  • The importance of health in your garden
    Nov 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The importance of health in your garden

    How often do you walk around your garden and check plants for pests, disease or broken branches?

    It’s a necessary exercise in order to ensure a garden has healthy plants and soil.

    Autumn’s shorter days and fading blossoms are a sure...

  • Ascento is in the right place
    Oct 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Ascento is in the right place

    When Desta Ascento was promoted to assistant director of engineering at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in September, she couldn’t help feel the buzz of satisfaction.

    “It was one of those moments when you just look deep within...

  • Just how fickle is Mother Nature?
    Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Just how fickle is Mother Nature?

    From days of blue skies and balmy breezes we went to the turbulent overtures of Hurricane Humberto.

    He came, saw and conquered all in the blink of an eye — a quick and very painful scenario that was familiar to many of us.

    It is...

  • From the drawing board into the ground
    Sep 16, 2019 8:00 am

    From the drawing board into the ground

    When designing a garden it makes sense to create a plan which is to scale.

    A ratio of one-eighth to one inch is usually enough to give a visual of the total finished product and not just isolated areas.

    The landscape should cover both...

  • Screening for privacy in a garden setting
    Aug 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Screening for privacy in a garden setting

    Hedges, it would appear, are an inherent part of the Bermuda landscape, whether it is the need for privacy — though this is questionable with the height of the hedges — or simply an unfortunate syndrome that has melded itself in to the psyche of...

  • Create interest with diversity
    Jul 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Create interest with diversity

    Having a mix of plant types in the garden enhances the aesthetic appearance while extending the interest level throughout the year.

    Plants, in general, cover a wide spectrum of types: trees, shrubs, palms, ground covers, cacti, succulents,...

  • The use of stand-alone and group plantings in the landscape
    Jun 10, 2019 8:00 am

    The use of stand-alone and group plantings in the landscape

    Regardless of the size of one’s garden, the correct placement of a specific plant or group of plants can change the visual perspective thereby creating a bold statement.

    Palms and associated types are in many cases ideal for such plantings...

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