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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine July 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

In this issue of Gardens Illustrated we take the temperature of England’s gardens, with an eye to outstanding design and considered plantsmanship. From classic to city to coastal, what is the state of the nation from a horticultural point of view? The garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, is the former home of the late filmmaker Derek Jarman, and it has become something of a cultural icon, planted directly into the shingle and with views as far as the eye can see. A few minutes walk away, garden designer Emily Erlam has designed a garden that similarly celebrates the otherworldliness of the Romney Marsh landscape. In the crook of a house and influenced by Emily’s love of colour, almost everything planted there also grows wild in some form on the beach…

1 min.

TOM PETHERICK Tom visits a clifftop garden in Cornwall, page 70. “I loved visiting Duncan Scott who has created a beautiful garden with a very special feeling on the wild north coast of Cornwall.” ULA MARIA RHS Young Designer of the Year Ula begins a new design series, page 94. “It can be easy to over-design a garden and I wanted to showcase the power of simplicity in this first feature.” TOM BROWN Head gardener Tom profiles 12 of the best new gladioli, page 62. “Gladioli are tremendous fun to use for unadulterated colour and drama – great for both cutting and mixed plantings.”…

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.
beth chatto symposium

Taking Beth Chatto’s own approach to planting as a starting point, this international gathering of speakers will talk about how, through their own work, they are trying to re-imagine their approach to both the design and practice of ecological gardening, and further advance and expand gardeners’ plant palettes. Beth Chatto and her husband Andrew began their garden in Elmstead Market, Essex, in 1960. Combining Andrew’s research of natural plant communities and Beth’s passion for gardening, they transformed land declared unfit for agriculture into an oasis of green and gravel. Over several decades, Beth developed and refined her ecologically inspired combinations of dry, damp and shade-loving plants both in the garden and for sale in her nursery. Her many books over the years have focused on specific growing areas, often considered challenging,…

1 min.
garden weekend

There is an impressive line-up of speakers for this month’s 25th anniversary Garden Weekend at Parham House & Gardens in West Sussex. Among those speaking are designer Tom Stuart-Smith, plantswoman Derry Watkins, historian and designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and head gardener Benjamin Pope. Ambra Edwards, author of the recent book Head Gardeners , will host what promises to be a fascinating discussion between four head gardeners: Fergus Garret from Great Dixter, Troy Scott Smith from Sissinghurst, Sarah Wain from West Dean and Parham’s Tom Brown. The weekend will also offer the opportunity to buy quality plants from specialist nurseries. 7-8 July, 10.30am-5pm. Tickets cost £11 per day. parhaminsussex.co.uk…

3 min.

A WOMAN’S WORK Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was one of the most influential horticulturists and garden designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Over her long career she created more than 400 gardens, not just in the UK, but also in Europe and the USA, many of them in collaboration with the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). One of those gardens, Hestercombe in Somerset (above), is hosting a new exhibition to celebrate Jekyll’s life and work. Gertrude Jekyll: An Artist’s Eye will bring together original work and memorabilia, including Jekyll’s own paintings, from Hestercombe’s archives with additional work on loan from the Garden Museum. The exhibition marks the reinstatement of Jekyll’s planting – thanks to the discovery of the original garden plans found in a potting shed in 1973 –…