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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine January 2019

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

Alongside the idea of sustainability – reducing and recycling plastic, avoiding peat composts and buying fewer (but better) things – is the idea of slow design. The Slow Movement is perhaps most familiar to us in terms of the food we eat, grown locally and eaten in season. ‘Slow’ isn’t about moving at a snail’s pace but rather seeking to do things at a speed that is right. This isn’t news to gardeners, but it is less frequently considered in terms of garden design. La Granja Alnardo in central Spain is a garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and actively gardened by its owner Peter Sisseck. “Never have I felt more strongly that what I am doing as a designer is setting a process in motion, as it were, pushing the boat…

1 min.

JESS SNOWBALL Jess begins a new column on caring for houseplants, page 114. “Sharing your home with plants creates unique relationships, and almost every houseplant has a fascinating story to tell.” TIM RICHARDSON Tim gets vertigo visiting an Andrea Cochran garden, page 64. “I’ve followed Andrea’s work for years and she is arguably the most successful garden designer in the USA.” AGATA WIERZBICKA Agata illustrates our new houseplant column, page 114 “It is amazing how much we still can learn about the plants that have been accompanying our lives for years.”…

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…

5 min.
reader events 2019

MONDAY 4 MARCH GREAT DIXTER SPRING GARDENING DAY Join Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett for a day learning how to prepare your garden for the year ahead. Fergus will look at creating a timetable, composting and soil preparation, weeding, choosing annuals, sowing, pricking out and thinning. Includes lunch and a tour of the garden. Location Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. Price £110 (must be booked in advance)* To book go to gardensillustrated.com/events or call UK 0871 230 7156† Overseas +44 115 896 0368. 9-12 APRIL CORNISH SPRING GARDENS Spring comes early to the UK’s southwest peninsula. Join this Gardens Illustrated reader holiday to celebrate the season and immerse yourself in the beauty of the outstanding coastal valley gardens of Cornwall. Gardens explored include Tregrehan, Caerhays, Trewithen, and Tregothnan, as well as taking…

1 min.
dig in

VIVID MEMORIES For many years the French artist Pierre Bonnard lived at Vernonnet just a mile away from Claude Monet at Giverny, and although the two artists differed in painting and gardening styles (Bonnard’s garden was an overgrown jungle), they became good friends sharing a passion for capturing nature on canvas. Some of Bonnard’s garden scenes, including Le Jardin (1936), above, are included in a new exhibition, Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory, which opens at Tate Modern this month. Covering a period from 1912 to Bonnard’s death in 1947, the exhibition celebrates the post-impressionist’s ability to encapsulate memories and emotions, and brings together around 100 of his works. 23 January – 6 May. tate.org.uk THE GARDEN, 1936. MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS/ ROGER-VIOLLET…

3 min.

ALL-WEATHER STYLE Add a touch of class to outdoor furnishings with this new fabric range from Perennials in collaboration with Morris & Co. Featuring four of William Morris’s iconic designs, such as Strawberry Thief (shown above) and Bachelor’s Button, the range also includes four new designs inspired by Morris – all available in a range of colourways. Perennials’ hard-wearing fabric is water repellent, and also resistant to colour-fading and stains, making it the perfect fabric for brightening up outdoor furniture when summer finally returns. perennialsfabrics.com WINTER WONDERLAND Himalayan silver birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii) with their stunning, pure-white trunks bring an ethereal beauty to the newly planted winter garden that opens this month at Wakehurst, Kew’s sister garden in West Sussex. Bolder, brighter shades will also be on display in the form of…