The English Garden January 2021

Enjoy over 60 beautiful gardens a year with The English Garden. Every issue features country, city, cottage and coastal gardens, with advice on how to recreate them. Be inspired by articles written by the country's top garden designers and discover the best plant varieties for your garden, chosen by expert nurserymen and plantspeople.

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Arabella St. John Parker Arabella writes about gardening and buildings, with a special interest in their symbiotic relationship, in garden history and place-making. She dissects a Helen Elks-Smith design on p40. Nicola Stocken Nicola travels all over the UK, conveying the beauty of gardens and plants through words and pictures and meeting many remarkable people. She visits a garden designed by Kate Gould on page 28. Fionnuala Fallon Fionnuala runs The Irish Flower Farmer in Wicklow with her husband Richard Johnston. She’s also a trained horticulturist, author and Irish Times gardening columnist. She visits Dominick Murphy on page 48. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; RICHARD JOHNSTON…

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How we’ve reached our first issue of 2021 so quickly baffles me, but I am sure I’m not the only one who’s glad to see 2020 draw to a close, fervently hoping that this new year brings some improvement on the last one, if not the return to normality we’re all longing for. One thing is for sure: whatever 2021 brings, our gardens will continue to be a steadfast source of stress-relief, solace and optimism. It won’t be long before green shoots start popping through the soil again – we can rely on that at least. You can also rely on our monthly dose of escapism into gorgeous gardens and their beautiful plants. If you’re not already a subscriber, turn to page 38 for our latest deals (it’s not too…

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people to meet

Simon Toomer The national specialist for plant conservation at the National Trust explains how his role has developed during the global pandemic Like many people’s jobs at the moment, my job is not very normal. My focus has turned to central issues, such as how we keep our gardens open through the pandemic and how we can adapt them with fewer resources. With lots of gardeners on furlough, there’s been a need to cut maintenance tasks down to the essentials, such as watering valuable plant collections and keeping pests and diseases at bay. We need to look at longstanding assumptions that a garden’s presentation should always be at the highest level. In reality, gardens go through periods of fortune and misfortune. Softer design isn’t always a bad thing. Should lawns always be perfectly…

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simon’s favourite gardens

Coleton Fishacre Devon Originally the country home of theatre owner and hotelier Rupert D’Oyly Carte and his family, this garden retains a strong sense of the individuals who created it. Its personality shines through. Tel: 01803 842382; Biddulph Grange Garden Staffordshire This garden combines fascinating plants with a brilliant layout. There are so many different areas to explore and so much intrigue – it’s a firm favourite with children. Tel: 01782 517999;…

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out & about

David Harber Sculpture Trail You can now enjoy 13 of British sculptor David Harber’s most popular designs in the beautiful grounds of Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey. The gardens here were redesigned in the 1990s by landscape architect Kim Wilkie, and include highlights such as a Japanese bridge, a grass amphitheatre and a rose garden. The sculptures, all of which harmonise with and compliment their natural surroundings, feature QR codes so visitors can learn more about each individual piece. For more information, visit Adding to the Collections Horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage has recently accredited nine new National Plant Collections from all corners of the country. Included in the list is the UK’s first ever Alcea (hollyhock) collection in Lincolnshire, a bronze-leaved Crocosmia collection in Kent and a Meconopsis (blue poppy) collection…

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things to do

Houseplant HEALTHCARE Garden Organic’s head of organic horticulture, Chris Collins, shares his advice on caring for your houseplants over the winter months Expert gardener and broadcaster Chris Collins is passionate about the positive impact of houseplants on mental health. “I wouldn’t be without my indoor plants,” he says. “They’re almost like flatmates. I’ve watched them grow and become familiar as individuals. It’s a very simple pleasure!” Here are his tips on winter houseplant care: Avoid temperature extremes Houseplant growth slows dramatically in winter, with shorter days and lower light levels. They can handle this without any problems, but attention to temperature levels is vital. Sudden changes in temperature will cause leaves to drop or brown at the edges. Don’t move plants too close to heat sources such as radiators or put them on cold…