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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine Christmas 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

In the Gardens Illustrated Plant Special we venture far and wide, from the shores of Wester Ross in northwest Scotland to Cornwall’s cliffs and valleys on Britain’s southernmost tip. Durnamuck in the Scottish Highlands is the definition of a garden on the edge of a landscape. Will Soos and Sue Pomeroy who met while working at the botanic garden of Inverewe – Will was responsible for the walled garden and Sue worked as a propagator – bought a croft there to build a home. Durnamuck benefits from the warmth of the Gulf Stream and, inspired by their travels in Chile and South Africa, Will and Sue have made an incredible garden using plants that are unseen in colder parts of the UK. Watsonias, crocosmias, dieramas, restios and grasses grow cheek-by-jowl. It’s…

1 min.

GRAHAM GOUGH Graham offers a borders masterclass, page 36. “The past 20 years have been spent developing Marchants Hardy Plants, designing a garden, and growing and painting with the plants I love.” LARA CALL GASTINGER Lara illustrates our nature journal feature, page 52 “My own journal distils a lifetime’s observations of the plants around me into each week of the year.” MARTIN STOTT Martin discusses rose scent with perfumier Robert Calkin, page 44. “Robert’s vocabulary for describing and discerning different rose scents will take your appreciation of rose blooms to a new level.”…

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.
the english rose tour

Following our highly successful first Rose Tour in 2018 with rose expert Michael Marriott on his home patch in Shropshire, we now venture to southern England on a gentle journey to enjoy more roses in some wonderful gardens. Visits feature classic gardens, such as Sissinghurst Castle, Mottisfont Abbey, Nymans and Pashley Manor, as well as a selection of exceptional private gardens, including Town Place with its 600 or so roses, Clinton Lodge where you’ll find old roses all trained at nose height for maximum opportunity to appreciate scent, Frankham Manor with its all-pink rose garden and Redenham Park, where roses form a key part of the rich tapestry of planting. If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always promised yourself time to discover more…

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…

1 min.
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