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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine April 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

There was a time when almost every town of importance in the north of England had its own Florists’ Society devoted to the cultivation of a single type of flower. Of the hundreds that once flourished, only the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society now remains. The flowers grown by its members are no ordinary tulips. Known as English Florists’ tulips, they are beautifully complex; feathered and flamed, and each flower is as unique and different as a fingerprint. Once a tulip ‘breaks’ its patterning persists and in the petals of these flowers runs the bloodline of the first Florists’ tulips grown in 1877 by John Rea and John Evelyn. Tulip enthusiast Anna Pavord visits ahead of the Society’s 184th annual show. Many of us know about traditional methods of…

1 min.

CHARLIE HOPKINSON Charlie, who has shot every Who’s Who portrait since 1993, photographs Nicola Spence, page 66. “Give me a gardener any day, they’re wonderful subjects.” MATTHEW BIGGS Matthew profiles the genus Pulmonaria for us, page 44. “What a pleasure to focus on pulmonarias for flower and foliage, one of the greatest joys of the garden in spring.” AARON BERTELSEN Great Dixter’s gardener cook, Aaron shows us how to get ahead with sowing seeds this spring, page 91. “Everyone can grow something to bring to the table” supper .…

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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…

1 min.
dig in

SOPHISTICATED PALETTE High-end glasshouse manufacturer Alitex has launched a new paint collection inspired by plants, nature, natural materials and the Sussex landscape where the family firm is based. Designed to pair with Alitex’s glasshouse colours, the paints are available in 15 shades, including Wood Sage, Sussex Emerald and Passiflora. Each colour is available as exterior and interior eggshell, masonry, full gloss and chalky matt for interior use. Prices start at £25 for 1 litre, £47.50 for 2.5 litres and £85 for 5 litres. mandlpaints.com 3 FOR THE GARDEN… DOOR STOPS RAYMOND BOOTH, IRIS BARNUMAE VAR. URMIENSIS, OIL ON PAPER/WATTS GALLERY; EMLI BENEDIXTEN…

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NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK Edible Britain is the theme for this year’s National Gardening Week and the Royal Horticultural Society is encouraging gardeners across the country to join together to celebrate the joy of growing your own produce. There’s still time to sow carrot, beetroot and other hardy plants, as well as half-hardy but quick-growing plants such as courgettes and basil. To get involved, register an event online or search the NGW calendar to find an event near you to visit and take part in. You can also share what you’re doing to mark the week-long initiative by posting on social media using #NationalGardeningWeek. Full details at rhs.org.uk BANISH THE BLUES With luminous violet-blue flowers, Lunaria annua ‘Corfu Blue’ is a beautiful addition to the spring garden with delicate, long- lasting flowers that are…

3 min.

1 Leonardslee Gardens Explore the collection of rare and endangered rhododendrons and azaleas amassed by Sir Edmund Loder at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex. The garden is reopening this month for the first time in almost a decade. Now under new ownership, it has been lovingly restored. From April 2019. £12.50. Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PP. Tel 01403 220345, leonardsleegardens.co.uk 2 Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing Visit the former home of artist Henry Moore and enjoy an exhibition looking into the variety of ways he used drawing in his work, and how it was often the starting point for the sculptures, for which Moore was most famous. 3 April – 27 October, 11am-5pm. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Dane Tree House, Perry Green, Hertfordshire SG10…