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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine February 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

I’m delighted that in this issue of Garden Illustrated multi award-winning designer Sarah Price has written about her 100 favourite plants. Best known for her critically acclaimed and intensely beautiful planting at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, Sarah’s plant selections make many a heart – including mine – skip a beat. Her carefully edited list is both inspirational and practical, and includes annuals, bulbs, climbers, grasses, perennials, British wildflowers, shrubs and trees. From simple and resilient plants, to those that transition the seasons well, repeat flowerers, self-seeders and plants that are easy and lovely in equal measure, you’ll want a notebook and pencil to hand. The list includes some well-known favourites; think the chequered plum and white bells of Fritillaria melagris, as well as lesser-known cultivars of familiar…

1 min.

FLEUR VAN ZONNEVELD Fleur begins a new series of plantman’s favourites on page 24. “I have so many favourites that choosing only ten plants each month is truly a challenge.” JAMES ALEXANDER - SINCLAIR James shares his ideas for hedges on page 96. “A beautifully clipped hedge is like a well-cut suit – subtle, understated but effortlessly elegant.” ANNIE GATTI Annie compiles our monthly design news on page 93. “Garden designers get ideas from such a wide range of places, objects, materials and images. I love the process of selection each month.”…

1 min.
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.
hortus loci chelsea plant preview

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcases not just the best garden designs and designers but also the best plants, and nursery Hortus Loci is a key grower for the show gardens. Working in close partnership with designers, the growing and sourcing of plants begins as much as a year before the show, reaching a frenzy of logistics once the garden builds begin in early May. Our Reader Day will give you a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants being grown for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, just before they head off for the showground. You’ll get a sneak peek at what’s likely to be this year’s must-have plant, as well as an insight into the planning and growing process. Nurserymen Mark Straver and Michael Buck will talk about how they…

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, and the…

1 min.
dig in

SEEING THE WHITE Woodlands carpeted in white can mean only one thing: snowdrop season is here and the chance to explore some of the gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival 2018. More than 100 gardens, including Welford Park in Berkshire (pictured), will open this year, some with as many as 300 named snowdrop cultivars, as well as other early spring flowers. The entrance fee to the snowdrop gardens will contribute to the many charities supported by the NGS, including Marie Curie and Hospice UK. Find full details at ngs.org.uk/snowdrops…