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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine February 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

What is it that makes gardeners choose one plant over another? There are practical considerations; location and microclimate, and ideas about what goes and grows with what. Some plants may be considered ‘musthaves’ or favoured because they mark a particular turning point in the year. But of those, which are the finest? The bluest of the blue pulmonarias or the most elegant species rose ? We asked multi award-winning garden designer Ulf Nordfjell to list the 100 plants that he is most inspired by and that he would confidently recommend to other gardeners. Ulf’s work fuses a strong sense of ecology with a Swedish sense of design, and he is a master at combining perennials, bulbs and grasses. He described compiling the list as ‘like doing a huge puzzle’, and he…

1 min.

ULF NORDFJELL Ulf selects 100 of his favourite garden plants, page 35 “Compiling this list in winter reminded me of how much I long every year for the soft-coloured flowers of spring.” RICHARD BLOOM Richard shot our selection of reticulate iris, page 62. “So many new and diverse cultivars with striking colours, patterns and forms, thanks to Alan McMurtrie and Jacques Amand International.” JOSHUA SPARKES Joshua explains Korean Natural Farming, page 80. “We are entering a horticultural renaissance, focusing on sustainability while challenging the norm: for me this begins with the soil.”…

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.
hortus loci chelsea plant preview

If you’re a visitor to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you’ll be aware of the quality and quantity of plants that fill all the show gardens. But have you ever wondered how the designers make their selection before they play their starring roles at the show? Our reader day at growers Hortus Loci aims to give you an insight. Working in close partnership with designers, Hortus Loci begins the growing and sourcing of plants as much as a year before the show, reaching a frenzy of logistics once the garden builds begin in early May. You’ll get a sneak peek at what’s likely to be this year’s must-have plant, as well as an insight into the likely trends at Chelsea. Nurserymen Mark Straver and Robin Wallis will talk about how…

1 min.
the speakers

Mark Gregory is a 21-times gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including his win in 2018 as People’s Choice with his evocative Welcome to Yorkshire garden. He is returning in 2019 with another garden for the same sponsor. Tamara Bridge won RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2015 at Tatton Park. She has since appeared twice at Chelsea with a BBC Radio 2 Feel Good garden in 2017, and a garden for Warner Edwards in 2018. For 2019 she is joining Tom Dixon to create the IKEA garden in the Great Pavilion. Ann-Marie Powell is a Chelsea regular, both as a designer (she designed the RHS Greening Grey Britain garden in 2016) and as a presenter for the BBC. She is currently designing two new garden areas at RHS…

1 min.
dig in

GOLD RUSH Artist Anna Skladmann’s beautiful photographs of flowers are created using high-definition scans of flowers she has first submerged in liquids, including milk and water, which shows the flowers in meticulous detail. Her latest exhibition The Man with the Midas Touch , which opens at the Garden Museum in London this month, focusses on 30 gold-medal winning narcissi from the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, N . ‘Mondragon’ (above) and N . ‘Unique’ (left) all grown by Johnny Walkers. Her aim she says is to depict the flowers as in nature, rather than nicely arranged in a bouquet. Entry to the exhibition is included in the museum admission price of £10. 14 February – 1 March 2019, gardenmuseum.org.uk…