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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine June 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

Award-winning architecture creates its own challenge for the garden that surrounds it. It needs to anchor the building in the landscape but still reflect the modernity of the house’s design. The garden at Sussex House, designed by Andy Sturgeon, proves that it is possible to do both. A contemporary glass and timber house with strong angular lines is reflected in blocky planting where the bold shapes of Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’, Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty’ and Acanthus mollis jostle for space, paired with rectangular blocks of short, clipped grass. An expanse of wildflower meadow links it to the South Downs beyond. It’s a modern house with a modern garden and a definite sense of location. In Northamptonshire, designer James Alexander-Sinclair takes a playful approach to place. Amelanchiers, hazels, dogwoods and a small…

1 min.

RACHEL WARNE Rachel photographed the garden of designers del Buono Gazerwitz, page 80. “It’s the pure delight of designers in sharing their personal gardens with you that makes shooting particularly special.” JONNY BRUCE Jonny visited Alain Dor’s garden, page 72. “Building development can threaten the tranquillity of an established garden – adapting his garden to a changing landscape is Alain’s great success.” ALEX MITCHELL Alex climbed the ladder to look round Charlie McCormick’s rooftop garden, page 66. “I loved Charlie’s laid-back approach and enthusiasm for colour. Just don’t look down.”…

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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.
freshly picked

Five years ago New Covent Garden Market launched British Flowers Week to celebrate the variety of British cut flowers and foliage. It’s an event that keeps growing and now encompasses a host of events across the country that aim both to raise awareness of which British flowers are in season when and showcase Britain’s floristry talent. Among last year’s highlights was a series of specially commissioned designs from five featured florists, including Carly Rogers whose slice of meadow (above) was installed at New Covent Garden Market. This year sees the launch of a new competition to find Britain’s best floral designer and the Garden Museum in London (left) is hosting an exhibition throughout British Flowers Week (18-24 June) of the six shortlisted floral installations, with the winner announced on 19…

2 min.

CLOTH OF MANY COLOURS Kaffe Fassett was the first living textile artist to have a one-man exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His quilts and needlepoint soft furnishings are the result of an obsession with colour and a lifelong love of flowers, a subject he discusses in depth in his book, Bold Blooms (Abrams Books, 2016). You can see Fassett’s work this month at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, where he will be joined by mosaicist Candace Bahouth for a joint exhibition, A Celebration of Flowers , which runs until 2 September. victoriagal.org.uk WILD CARD During the summer, the historic meadows at Great Dixter House and Gardens in East Sussex are a showcase for native wildflowers such as Queen Anne’s lace (Anthriscus sylvestris) and the spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii). Now, these…

3 min.

1 Gardening Scotland Show gardens, music, floral art and cookery demonstrations are just a few of the highlights of Scotland’s Gardening Festival. 1-3 June, 10am-5pm. £17 per day. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB. Tel 0131 333 0965, gardeningscotland.com 2 Workshop from Sussex Garden School Discover how to make a low-maintenance but beautiful garden with designer Juliet Sargeant. The workshop will cover suitable plant choices and gardening tips. 7 June, 10.30am-2pm. £65. Sussex Prairie Gardens, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AT. Tel 01273 300587, sussexgardenschool.com 3 BBC Gardeners’ World Live Among the gardens at this year’s show are Owen Morgan’s family garden for sponsor Tesco, comprising a raised pond, Mediterranean-inspired border, play area, wildlife area and outdoor dining space, and the Solutions Garden (shown right) by Professor David Stevens for…