• Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

    Garden Organic scoops five star award at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

    The Garden Organic team enjoyed three busy days at the weekend for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

    It was great to receive visits to the stand from so many of our members and it was a pleasure to be supported by volunteer members from in and around Harrogate. We were on hand to offer organic gardening advice and guidance to visitors and details of our memberships to new members. Our Head of Organic Horticulture, Chris Collins joined us on Sunday, welcoming a full audience at Kitchen Garden Live for his talk on Urban Organics.

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  • Organic fruit and veg urged for schools

    A new report by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) reveals that the fruit and vegetables given to four-to-six year olds via a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits contained residues of 123 different pesticides. These include suspected endocrine disruptors which interfere with hormone systems, known carcinogens, and organophosphates that can negatively affect children’s cognitive development.

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  • Do different pollinators affect plants?

    A fascinating study has shown that different pollinators can affect a plant's development. Brassicas pollinated by bumble bees became taller and with more fragrant flowers than those pollinated by hoverflies. This implies that different pollinators will rapidly affect a plant's evolution. It then became evident that bumblebees preferred bumblebee-pollinated plants over hoverfly-pollinated plants. Could the plant have adapted to the bumblebees’ preferences?

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Featured Person

  • Our Founder

    Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.