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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine May 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 marks 25 years of Gardens Illustrated magazine. Issue one, edited by Rosie Atkins was on sale in May 1993 and since then Gardens Illustrated has firmly established itself as the indispensable and stylish guide to all things horticultural. Resolutely forward-looking, we continue to celebrate the most considered, useful and the best; be it cutting-edge design, essential outdoor kit or planting expertise. It’s the world’s leading gardens magazine, and with a global outlook. Folly Farm in Berkshire is described by Anna Pavord as Britain’s best Lutyens’ garden. Over the past eight years designer Dan Pearson has been revitalising the planting there and, in the first of a new series, Anna and Dan visit the garden together to discuss its wider importance and consider how this has influenced Dan’s work. The…

1 min.

JOHN AKEROYD John introduces us to Romania’s flora, page 82. “I’ve not seen such displays of meadow wildflowers elsewhere in lowland Europe – remarkably in what is still a productive farmed landscape.” SALLY GREGSON Sally introduces us to the expanding world of epimediums, page 58. “Many exciting new hybrids and species of this old favourite are appearing in our gardens.” RACHEL VICTORIA HILLIS Rachel illustrates Frank Ronan’s column, page 146. “Frank’s column makes each month more delightful. I’m now constantly looking for changes in the garden.”…

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…

1 min.
dig in

LA VIE EN ROSE A new exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, explores how horticultural developments helped to reshape the landscape of France in the century after the revolution. The exhibition features 150 works by more than 70 artists, including Claude Monet, whose Path Through the Irises is shown above, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. A courtyard area within the exhibition has been planted in the style of a 19th-century French conservatory garden, complete with the green iron benches so typical of Parisian parks. Until 29 July. metmuseum.org CLAUDE MONET, THE PATH THROUGH THE IRISES, 1914-17…

4 min.

TAKING CHARGE Finding Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica, in your garden can knock thousands of pounds off the value of your home and make selling or remortgaging a nightmare. If you’re worried it may have invaded your property the RHS website has useful advice on how to recognise the plant and your legal responsibilities. It’s recently added a section on seeking help from the professionals, which lists organisations that can help you find consultants and contractors offering knotweed removal, and can advise on buying and selling a property with knotweed present. rhs.org.uk HAYLOFT PRIMULA If you’re looking for something unusual to brighten a spring border take a look at this new polyanthus primula from Hayloft. ‘Mandarin Kisses’ has oak-leaved foliage and bi-coloured flowers with yellow centres and orange tips. Fully hardy, it is great…

3 min.

1 How to Bring Your Garden Alive with Sculpture and Light Enjoy an evening talk with sculptor David Harber and lighting designer Sally Storey on how light and sculpture can contribute to garden design. 3 May, 6pm. £35. The John Cullen Showroom, London SW6 2EB. Tel 020 7471 4914, johncullenlighting.com 2 Rethinking Repton Take a look at how third-year students on the Landscape Architecture and Garden Design degree at Writtle University have interpreted Humphry Repton’s approaches to landscape design in the 18th century – and his trademark before-and-after paintings for clients – in this exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library. 3-22 May, 10am-5pm. Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE. Tel 020 3176 5800, rhs.org.uk 3 Kew’s Temperate House The stunning Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, re-opens this month after a five-year restoration project…