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BBC Gardeners' World

April 2020

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
discover more from gardeners’ world magazine

Our award-winning app Keep up to date while you’re on the move with our digital edition, made for iPhone and iPad. Get extra content and videos from Monty and the team, plus access to our subscriber-only, online Secret Garden. Pay from £4.99 an issue in the App Store. See bit.ly/GW-digital Meet Monty Join our latest reader excursion to some of Europe’s finest gardens on our no-fly trip to Holland – plus you’ll meet Monty, who joins us for tours and a talk. See more on page 40. You’re in the pink! Bag a bargain on your summer bedding with our exclusive offer of 36 free plants, paying just £5.80 postage. Order now for a colour-rich summer! See page 48. Meet the team Book a date to join the Gardeners’ World team, from TV and magazine, at Gardeners’…

1 min.
welcome

When we launched our Gardens of the Year competition a few years ago, the ingenuity of you, our readers, in making brilliant gardens against the odds astounded us. From urban high-rise balconies and countless pocket patches to a steeply raked plot of builder’s rubble, the power of gardens to enhance our surroundings and lift our spirits has been clear to see. So, we’re launching the competition again this year, knowing that we’ll not only uncover yet more of your creativity, but also to show you really can make a garden anywhere. From page 64, our judges reveal what they’re looking for, while Alan (one of our expert panel) opens our small space solutions section with his tricks of the trade for making compact gardens seem bigger. We’re also celebrating the joy of…

4 min.
we love april for its floriferous spectacle

STAR OF THE MONTH Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ Pleniflora means ‘lots of petals’ so, if we were to carry the pet reference a bit further, then if this flower was a domestic animal it would be a flurry of small and boisterous ducklings (if you are allergic to waterfowl, I suppose they could also be a lot of slumbering hamsters!) In fact, this plant is a great deal less troublesome than ducklings – I had it growing by a shed once and it was very splashy indeed. As this is a dead easy shrub to grow, it is perfect for those corners that just need something straightforward and manageable. Any aspect except deep shade. Very low maintenance – prune in autumn if you feel the urge. Propagate from summer cuttings. Height x Spread 3m…

2 min.
expert ’s choice fritillarias

They’re a mixed bunch, fritillarias – mixed in their looks and mixed in their care. All grow from bulbs and most carry six-petalled bells, but a few are tall and imposing, while some reach no more than a few inches in height. Some are dramatic in their impact while others are quieter in their appeal. A few are robust and increase steadily, while others are tricky to grow and the bulbs slow to increase. Some make dramatic border plants, others are better in pots. Fritillarias grow wild all across the northern hemisphere, including here in Britain, where the purple, chequered flowers of Fritillaria meleagris, the snake’s head fritillary, may spread across whole meadows with occasional white-flowered plants scattered among them. It is a captivating sight. Here, I’ve set aside those that are…

4 min.
the full monty

Averages only tell partial truths but they do steer you in a clear direction. According to BBC figures, the average age of the BBC2 viewer is apparently 62 and getting older – albeit not getting older as fast as I am. But then viewers of all terrestrial channels are getting older. For BBC1 it’s 61, ITV, 59 and Channel 4 viewers are mere striplings at 55. Apparently, according to the same report, only 11 per cent of under 35’s watch BBC2. Indeed, fewer and fewer younger people are watching any terrestrial television at all. This is alarming for terrestrial channels because by the time the younger audience reach potential audience age, of 35 to 45, terrestrial TV will not be part of their cultural landscape. When I started hosting Gardeners’ World…

4 min.
have your say

Leave them alone I was disheartened to read of the plans by the National Trust and Woodland Trust to sterilise grey squirrels if the Defra trials of this contraceptive are successful (Clippings, March issue). Our landscape and biodiversity is constantly changing. We should accept that change is an inevitable part of the cycle of life. Freya Rumball, by email I was disappointed to read about proposed sterilisation for grey squirrels. I have grown up with grey squirrels here in the UK and find them delightful. I understand they are not a native species but they are as common as foxes and rabbits. I suggest that those trialling this look to the movements that are happening globally and realise that they are screaming for changes in people’s attitudes to the world we share with…