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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine April 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

By now gardeners are itching to get into the garden – time spent planning and contemplating over winter can finally be put into action. April is a joyous month with its vibrant greens and fresh-faced flowers. Tulips are among those plants key to a spring garden and their continued appeal is evident in the gardens we feature this issue, in particular the tulip-filled garden of Polly Nicholson, a lover of rare breeder and broken tulips. Polly’s Wiltshire garden contains not one but three walled gardens and she has collaborated with designer Arne Maynard to transform these into a fabulous family garden that also serves as a base for her artisan flower-growing and floristry business. For Dutch bulb breeder Jan Ligthard it is the variety in shape and colour that he loves…

1 min.

JANE PERRONE Jane visited Polly Nicholson who runs Bayntun Flowers from her Wiltshire garden, page 36. “Polly’s enthusiasm for cut flowers is infectious and it was a privilege to visit her wonderful garden.” JIM GARDINER Jim has selected the best yellow-flowered magnolias on page 58. “Magnolias provide so much value for gardens of all sizes with the yellows providing an added palette of colours.” ALYS FOWLER Alys has been looking at ways to limit the use of plastic in the garden, page 82. “Like elsewhere in our lives, plastic has crept into our gardens and it’s time we start to challenge that.”…

1 min.
contributing editors

JAMES BASSON James lives in the South of France where he runs Scape Design with his wife Helen, specialising in low-maintenance and dry gardens. He is a fervent advocate 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…

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

NATURAL BEAUTY For many gardeners Cedric Morris is as well-known for the irises he raised in his Suffolk garden, Benton End, as he is for his paintings. This month the Garden Museum brings together these two passions in a new exhibition, Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman . Most of the 34 paintings included are of flowers, many from private collections that have never been shown in public before. To accompany the exhibition, designer Dan Pearson has put together a display of Cedric Morris irises recently popularised at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. 18 April – 22 July. gardenmuseum.org.uk MAY FLOWERING IRISES NO. 2, 1935, SIR CEDRIC MORRIS OIL ON CANVAS © PHILIP MOULD & COMPANY, COURTESY THE CEDRIC MORRIS ESTATE…

3 min.

LIE OF THE LAND From its inception the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton has succeeded in attracting bold and thought-provoking modern art to rural Somerset. Now with its latest exhibition The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, the gallery is putting rural life itself in the spotlight. Mixing historic artefacts and paintings from the likes of William Holman Hunt with works from contemporary artists, such as Turner-prize nominee Laure Prouvost – not to mention grazing goats and the chance to learn how to milk one or try your hand at cheese making – the exhibition explores our evolving connection to the land. Until 7 May, hauserwirthsomerset.com BOWLED OVER Belgian-born artist Aude Van Ryn is an extremely busy woman. When she’s not working as a freelance illustrator or creating…