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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine March 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

In this issue we ask some of Britain’s head gardeners and plantspeople about their favourite gardens to visit, seeking to find those places beyond the crowds and the obvious. Where do the people who work in fantastic gardens daily go to see brilliance in planting or cutting-edge garden design? From a flower garden with a contemporary twist in Devon to a maximalist garden that is isn’t shy about being big on scale or texture in Cheshire, to a tiny garden with 50 different species of fern in London, all are open to visitors, but only on select dates each year. Notable too, are gardens designed by Jinny Blom, Arne Maynard and Tom Stuart-Smith in private ownership that are usually kept behind closed gates. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the…

1 min.

BENJAMIN WILLIAM POPE Benjamin starts a new pots-of-style series, page 58. “Displaying plants in pots and containers allows for a creative response to a particular plant or season.” NICOLA STOCKEN Nicola shot our muscari feature, page 64. “I love that this collection shows muscari in planting combinations and raised beds, highlighting different cultivars.” ALYS HURN Alys compiled our gardens-to-visit feature, page 84. “Every garden is exceptional in its own way, but they all deliver on inspiring planting and innovative design.”…

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.
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 Cornwall’s 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…

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.
hortus loci chelsea plant preview

If you’re a regular 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…