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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine September 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

This summer, at The Beth Chatto Garden in Essex visitors were greeted with a sign that read: ‘The Gravel Garden is never irrigated. 50 days without rain’, and, as I write, the MET office has confirmed 2018 as the UK’s driest summer for 57 years, since records began. Yet the garden still looked beautiful. The Granary garden in Kent designed by Alex Mitchell has been inspired by Beth’s seminal drought garden. Similarly, it is created on the site of a former car park, until recently under concrete. The topography of The Granary takes its cue from the surrounding landscape but it’s filled with drought-tolerant plants, including glaucous Euphorbia myrsinites, and sedum, stachys and Rosa rugosa. As with all gravel gardens, self-seeding plants, such as Verbascum bombyciferum and Verbena bonariensis, are constantly…

1 min.

CLAIRE TAKACS Claire photographs a New Hampshire garden, page 78. “I was so glad I visited the Malts’ garden twice to capture this beautiful light and mist in this gorgeous garden and landscape.” KENDRA WILSON Kendra visits Alex Mitchell’s garden in Kent, page 42. “Alex’s garden is a personal memoir, evoking happy childhood memories. On another level, it is also entirely practical, in an unpredictable climate.” MATTHEW REESE Head gardener Matthew selects the best pennisetums, page 64. “Pennisetums are one of the prettiest flowering grasses and are a wonderful component in the late border.”…

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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.
dig in

GARDEN ART If you’re visiting Tate Britain this summer you may notice something a little different about the gallery’s front lawn. The design collective Something & Son has transformed the space into a working garden, complete with a greenhouse and raised beds. The project called, Common Ground, hopes to address the problem of loneliness by encouraging social activity between visitors. Architectural elements, such as climbing plants, arch over pathways to draw people closer together and sculptures, with built in voice-recognition software, will flow with water when triggered by conversations nearby. Look out for the programme of events taking place in the garden over the summer, including a lunch on 8 September, prepared by Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell of Spring Restaurant in Somerset House, that will use ingredients grown in local allotments.…

2 min.

AUTUMN MASTERCLASS Book ahead for the first Garden Masterclass Autumn Event taking place in the award-winning gardens of Forde Abbey in Dorset this October. The day will include talks from three fantastic plantswomen – Sarah Price, Rosy Hardy and Derry Watkins – who will be drawing on their combined years of horticultural experience to offer advice on extending the season until the first frosts, and on how to choose the best plants for autumn interest. In addition, Forde Abbey’s head gardener, Danny Burlingham, will lead a tour of the gardens and the dahlia-filled late summer borders. 19 October, 10.30am-5pm. £140, including lunch. gardenmasterclass.org EAT YOUR GREENS Don’t miss the final RHS flower show of the year. Highlights of this year’s RHS Malvern Autumn Show, include the Autumn Potager Theatre, where food writer and…

3 min.

1 Floral Fantasia RHS Garden Hyde Hall has teamed up with Thompson & Morgan to create a large-scale display of more than 1,000 summer bedding plants planted in pots and hanging baskets. The display includes new introductions and offers a wealth of gardening inspiration for visitors. Until 30 September. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET. Tel 01245 402019, rhs.org.uk 2 APLD International Design Conference Diversity by Design, the APLD’s International Design Conference, takes place this year in Toronto. An impressive programme of garden and nursery visits, including rooftops and the restored Toronto waterfront, has been organised alongside the conference talks and discussions. 13-17 September. apld.org 3 The Art of Making Buildings A major retrospective of the work of one of the world’s leading architects Renzo Piano, whose designs include The Shard in London…