When Nyla Abraham and her husband Paul moved into their first home in Bath in 2013, they had very little gardening experience. Self-taught via the internet, books and TV, they soon fell in love with their new hobby. Nyla suffers from several autoimmune diseases and gardening (ably assisted by her three Pekin bantams, Beth, Vita and Gertrude) has helped her stay positive. The garden has a terrace, cottage border, meadow, wildflower area, orchard, veg garden and a ‘secret garden’. No chemicals are used, and most of the garden has been created from salvaged materials. Nyla has thousands of followers on Instagram (@_suburbancottagegarden_) and also writes a blog, www.thesuburbancottagegarden.co.uk. She is especially keen to inspire younger people to take up gardening. Full article by Veronica Peerless available.