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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine January 2018

Widely regarded as the Vogue of the gardening press, Gardens Illustrated aims to inspire you with an eclectic and international editorial mix of remarkable places, plants and people. With superb photography, authoritative journalism and exceptional design, this award-winning magazine is a style bible for garden designers, garden lovers and enthusiasts alike.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

This issue of Gardens Illustrated is a whistle-stop tour of remarkable places to inspire you for the year ahead. We visit an incredible garden in the Rift Valley, Kenya, designed by Jinny Blom where harmonising with the landscape is writ large, and a garden on the edge of the Monfragüe National Park, Extremadura, in western Spain, which is sharply in contrast to its setting. Both gardens are informed by their location; Jinny toured the roadside nurseries in Nairobi to inform the Kenyan planting scheme, and local plants are used as links of colour and form to the landscape in Spain. Think olive trees and low-growing shrubs with cacti, agave and other architecturals. A city garden, Le Jardin Secret is a new public work by Tom Stuart-Smith in Marrakech, Morocco, that has…

1 min.

CLAIRE TAKACS Among the three diverse gardens Claire has shot this issue is Martha Stewart’s, page 34. “As an avid traveller, the January issue of Gardens Illustrated is always my favourite.” PONTUS WALLSTÉN Lilium expert, Pontus profiles the genus, page 50. “I’ve focused on the best lilies for the garden that bloom from May right up to September.” HANNAH GARDNER Hannah begins a new monthly travel column, page 28. “The Outsider column will open up my travel journals, and lead readers to discover some incredible places.”…

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contributing editors

JAMES BASSON James lives in the South of France where he runs Scape Design with his wife Helen and is a passionate advocate for dry gardens and for creating sustainable landscapes. The winner of four Chelsea Gold medals, he was awarded Best in Show in 2017. FERGUS GARRETT Fergus was appointed head gardener at Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd in 1993. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge through student and volunteer programmes at Dixter and through worldwide lectures. He was awarded an RHS Associate of Honour in 2008. ANNA PAVORD Anna’s books include her bestseller The Tulip and most recently Landskipping. For 30 years she was The Independent’s gardening correspondent. In 2000 the RHS awarded her the Veitch Memorial Medal. She lives and gardens in Dorset. DAN PEARSON Dan is one of the UK’s best-known…

2 min.
gardens of the italian lakes

Our journey to the Italian Lakes will take us to some of the finest lakeside and island gardens of this uniquely beautiful region. We will travel mostly by boat, discovering landscapes of quiet enchantment and sublime grandeur. While our days will be infused with exquisite light, by night we will revel in the fin de siècle atmosphere of our lakeside hotels. The warm, humid microclimate results in exceptional growing conditions, with much to enthuse the plantsman. Combining great botanical interest with the fascinating history of the gardens’ origins, our tour will move from the Renaissance to the 20th century through compelling and often neglected chapters of Italian garden history with visits including the baroque splendours of Isola Bella and Villa del Balbianello perched atop a small wooded peninsula. The tour…

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dig in

TREE APPEAL Ahead of the opening of the photography centre at London’s Victoria and Albert museum later this year, an exhibition at the V&A, Into the woods: Trees in photography, explores how trees have been a source of inspiration to artists. Featuring works by photographers, such as Ansel Adams (pictured), the display marks the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the launch of the 2017 Charter for Woods, Trees and People to help protect trees and woods in the UK. Until 30 April. vam.ac.uk ANSEL ADAMS, NORTHERN NEW MEXICO, 1958…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2018 highlights This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 22-26 May, will see ten show gardens fill Main Avenue. Big names include Sarah Price, who is returning to Chelsea after a five-year absence with a romanticised Mediterranean garden for show sponsor M&G Investments, Jo Thompson with a garden for Wedgwood and last year’s People’s Choice winner Chris Beardshaw for Morgan Stanley. New for this year will be Space to Grow gardens, which replace the former Fresh Garden category, and RHS Chelsea Late, an evening of music and entertainment on Friday night in Ranelagh Gardens. Tickets are on sale now at the RHS website. rhs.org.uk GO MAD WITH TULIPS The annual Dutch National Tulip Day, known as Nationale Tulpendag, takes place on 20 January this year in Dam Square, Amsterdam, with romance…