They have long been the interior designer's favourite indoor plant - no Kelly Hoppen interior is complete without an arrangement of orchids. And prices have come down considerably, so get autumn off to a bright, colourful and exotic start with some of these lovely long-lived (fingers crossed) houseplants

The Campaign for Wool urges us to celebrate and use wool

It's been a disconcertingly warm October so far, particularly in southern parts of the UK. That said October is Wool Month and the Campaign for Wool is urging us to embrace all things wool from rugs to jumpers to blankets. After all, it will get chillier ..even if our winters ain't what they used to be on the cold front

Carolyn Russ London artist

If you're in the capital this weekend, head to south east London for a feast of art

Planted at Stourhead in Wiltshire

For a dose of nature and design, head to Planted, which takes place at the magnificent Stourhead in Wiltshire

It's world bee day on 20 May 2023

...not to be confused with a yet-to-be-announced day to celebrate the bidet..World Bee Day serves as a reminder that bees are crucial to our food supply and need our love and protection

The global campaign to tackle climate change plants its flag in Brighton on 29 April. Hear talks and join discussions about the merits of moving to a plant based diet - and if you're after a family fun day out, well it can be that too with a children's play area, live music and comedy 

The annual high quality craft show takes place in London's Chelsea in this month, the perfect place to find one-off gifts for Christmas

Masia in catalonia has been given an eco restoration

This ancient farmhouse, or masía, in Spain's north east region of Catalonia, has been restored by architect Puig-Mir using local materials and a minimalist approach

This year's exciting event takes place on 19 November at County Hall on the South Bank in London. Join celebrities across beauty, fashion, cooking and style for a fabulous day out that will show you how to look your best and give your friends and family the best Christmas