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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine December 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

Roses start setting their hips early in the season but it is only once the temperature drops that they start to show their colour. All roses produce hips but we don’t typically see them as often as we do the flowers because, as gardeners, we tend to remove the spent blooms. Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden where the rose is perhaps their most iconic flower, shares with us his selection of the best roses to grow for the brilliance of their hips. The list includes glossy orange Rosa ‘Meg’, inky black Rosa spinosissima and the hedgerow rose, Rosa rugosa, which has big, round, scarlet hips. Troy’s cultivation notes for hips and flowers include tying stems horizontally to encourage more flowers and later a timely retreat with…

1 min.

TROY SCOTT SMITH Troy selects the best roses for hips, page 46. “The sheer exuberance of roses has long fascinated me, and this month I indulge in the beauty of their hips.” MARION NICKIG Marion photographs a frost-covered Tuin de Villa in the Netherlands, page 42 “A frosty winter morning perfectly highlights and accentuates the structures of Tuin de Villa garden.” MATT KEIGHTLEY Matt starts a new design ideas series, page 80. “My design series will provide a glimpse into the world that keeps my mind ticking. Design insight, inspiration and ideas.”…

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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.
spring reader day at great dixter

Great Dixter has been described as one of the most dynamic flower gardens in the world and as such has a great deal to teach gardeners and garden enthusiasts about the traditional techniques used to get such outstanding results. With the magnificent gardens as the backdrop to your study day, head gardener Fergus Garrett will expertly guide you through the key tasks needed to be done at the start of the year to ensure your garden continues through to a flower-filled spring, summer and autumn. This is a busy time of year and Fergus’s talk will look at planning and preparation, including creating a timetable, composting and soil preparation, weeding, thinning out of self-sowers, working off of boards, splitting, dividing and planting self-sowers, timing of seed sowing and pricking out, choosing…

2 min.
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 de 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…

1 min.
dig in

STEPPING OUT Visiting a garden in winter is a great opportunity to appreciate the bones of its design – and offers you the chance to blow away the cobwebs and walk off too much delicious festive fare. If you’re looking for ideas, the National Trust has a huge selection of winter gardens to inspire. Among our favourite National Trust gardens to visit in December are Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden in North Yorkshire (above), where the garden’s magnificent trees are reflected in the mirror-like pools of the Georgian water garden, and Powis Castle in north Wales, which has fabulous topiary. If you’re on the lookout for winter-planing inspiration, then head to Nymans in West Sussex, which has an excellent collection of winter-flowering heathers or Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, where…