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In pictures: Your biographical gardens

Toy in David Aston's garden

"This is my garden. It says it all about me," says David Aston. "A failed social climber, in the helter skelter of life."

Sarah Hunt, Apt, France

"Just one thing grows in my garden - kids," says Sarah Hunt in France. "But watching kids (mine, next door's, the dog from down the road) playing pirates, my garden is a total success."

Beehives in Nicholas Selby's garden

A typical country garden, with beehives, potted plants and bird feeders, says Nicholas Selby. "No it's a modern housing estate which pushes wildlife to the outside. I'm trying to bring it back in."

African violet by Ailsa, London

"My garden - a lone plant pot in my room in university halls," says Ailsa, of London.

Peter Hutchings

"I've always inherited gardens, but this one I designed and built from scratch," says Peter Hutchings. "It's perfect at the end of a full day working in the garden to sit here with a couple of beers."

Dandelions by Dave Hitchins

Dandelions hark back to the childhood excitement of finding an intact "clock", says Dave Hitchins. "It also says that I am taking the cottage garden look a bit too far. But weeds have feelings too."

Jenny Philips, Bangor

Jenny Philips of Bangor took this six years ago of her efforts to transform a plant-free garden. The crazy paving is now gone, and there's a vegetable plot. "And flowers keep bees entertained."

Daisy with butterfly by Marilyn Cox

"I let wildflowers take over parts of my lawn," says Marilyn Cox. "This photo shows a green-veined white butterfly on an oxeye daisy."

Gareth Phillips, of Warwick

"My garden in Warwick, adjacent to the railway line," says Gareth Phillips. "It's very peaceful in a busy part of the country."

Brimstone butterfly feeding, by Paul Munton

A Brimstone butterfly feeding in Paul Munton's garden in France. "My garden is managed for wildlife, consequently it is untidy but diverse and rewarding."

Bobby the cat in Amanda Stiltz's garden

"Wildflowers, long grass, pond with no fountain so amphibians can breed, dead wood for hibernation - and foliage for my rescue cats to rebuild their confidence by play-hunting," says Amanda Stiltz.

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