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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine November 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

Cut flower arranging is enjoying a resurgence with contemporary bunches that look like a garden in a vase; naturally beautiful, loosely organised and with British-grown cut flowers. In this issue, Amy Sanderson describes the cut flower arrangements she made for the gardener and plantswoman Beth Chatto while working as an intern at the Beth Chatto Gardens and Nursery, and how this introduced her to the possibility of a more unexpected kind of cut flower. Beth Chatto was notable for pushing the boundaries of horticultural acceptability with her displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as in her own garden, and for her championing of species plants. She, and latterly Amy, used plant material from her garden to create weekly cut flower displays, sourcing flowers and foliage at their…

1 min.

AMY SANDERSON Amy explains the Beth Chatto approach to cut flowers, page 42. “Unusually, I got to know Beth by making her flower arrangements from her garden. It was an education and an honour.” RICHARD BLOOM Richard photographs a Surrey garden designed by Amanda Patton, page 34. “Amanda’s design combines modern and formal with country and informal using plants for texture and year-round interest.” CHRISTINE REID Christine visits the flower-filled Frogmore, page 70. “The flowering borders at Frogmore are inspirational. Looking at these plant choices made me want to rush home and replant my entire garden.”…

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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…

2 min.
cornish spring gardens

The Cornish peninsula is famous for its sheltered gardens harbouring important collections of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, palms, tree ferns and many other exotic plant groups that predominantly flower in the spring. Most of these gardens are found on the south coast where valley gardens lead down to secluded creeks warmed by the Gulf Stream to give unique microclimates. Our four-day tour allows you to discover the magnificence of some of Cornwall’s finest gardens including Tregrehan, Caerhays, Trewithen and Tregothnan. We’ll also be joined for a day by garden designer Charles Fox whose influential shipping merchant family was responsible for the creation in the 19th century of the gardens at Glendurgan, Penjerrick and Trebah, and he’ll talk about the gardens’ fascinating histories over lunch at Glendurgan. We’ll stay at Olga Polizzi’s…

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the flora and gardens of central spain

Spain has earned a reputation as a country of extraordinary creativity in many fields. Garden making and landscape design are now catching up, and this six-day tour, based in Madrid, is an opportunity to see several different aspects of the country’s gardening life. The Iberian Peninsula is very rich botanically, and Spain has the second largest number of plant species in Europe. In late May the wildflowers should be at their colourful best, and a number of short walks in the region of the Sierra Guadarrama, north of Madrid, are planned to appreciate this rich flora, and to understand the natural vegetation of the country’s interior. We will visit several of the area’s classical historic gardens, such as Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna and the gardens of Palacio Real…

1 min.
dig in

ANCIENT HISTORIES Artist Mark Frith took three and a half years to track down all of the subjects for his collection of graphite drawings of trees, however, that’s but a sliver of time compared to the age of those captured by his pencil. His 20 drawings depict the oldest recorded oak trees in the UK – the youngest has notched up more than 500 years and some are thought to be over 1,000 years old. The series of drawings was commissioned by the late publisher philanthropist, poet and tree-lover Felix Dennis, who bequeathed ten of them to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A new exhibition in Kew’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery, A Legacy of Ancient Oaks, reunites all 20 large-scale portraits of the trees in winter, and includes drawings of the 1,300-year-old…