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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine May 2019

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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

Discovering a new nursery is one of life’s pleasures. This issue of Gardens Illustrated includes a guide to 100 of the best independent nurseries in the UK today. From bulbs to alpine plants to trees, I hope it will inspire you to visit somewhere new this year. Many of the nurseries included grow their plants on site or source them locally. Where noted, they favour peat-free compost and use recyclable pots. All of the nurseries are specialists in their own field – many award-winning – with a proven a track record of selling familiar as well as more unusual plants. An average of 61 new nurseries are listed in the RHS Plant Finder each year, although the number of plants included remains the same. This is a list of the very…

1 min.

ANNIE GATTI Annie talks to the designers behind the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show, page 99. “The resilience of plants has been the inspiration for many of the designers of show gardens at this year’s show.” CLIVE NICHOLS Among the gardens Clive shot this month is a seaside garden, page 48. “Anthony Paul is skilled at creating natural-looking gardens and here his choice of drifts of pink thrift is a masterstroke.” CHRIS MARCHANT Chris has created three new planting designs adaptable for gardens large or small, page 93. “I work to design plant harmonies that endure for more than a couple of weeks.”…

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.
midsummer garden supper club with jinny blom

Hosted by Gardens Illustrated and the expert plantspeople at The Plant Centre, Hortus Loci in Hampshire, our midsummer celebration starts in the late afternoon. There will be time for refreshments when you arrive before taking a tour of the nursery, to take a peek at some of the plants being grown ready for their starring roles at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Show. There will also be the opportunity to browse the nursery and make your own plant selections before enjoying a pre-dinner drink. Dinner will be prepared for us by the Hobo.co artisan kitchen, to reflect the season and all that midsummer has to offer, with fresh flavours inspired by local produce and a nod to traditional Scandinavian celebrations. The evening’s finale will be a talk from award-winning…

1 min.
the speakers

Jinny Blom is an eclectic designer whose gardens include a Chelsea gold-winning show garden for Prince Harry, a rugged, naturalistic estate in Scotland, a wildlife-focussed retreat in Kenya and romantic Cotswold manor house gardens. Her recent book The Thoughtful Gardener called for a more intelligent approach to garden design. Mark Straver and Robin Wallis set up Hortus Loci in 2011. The nursery has become known for its expertise in sourcing a wide range of plants from around the world and working with designers to supply plants for their show gardens in particular at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.…

1 min.
dig in

ORGANIC MATTERS Canadian-American painter Ilana Manolson brings her abstract, figurative work to London for the first time in an exhibition at Cadogan Contemporary. A trained botanist, Manolson’s work translates her experience into images with a deep understanding of the structure of its floral subjects, while the abstract elements flow across the waterproof yupo paper. The overall result is a compelling combination of organic forms and processes. 23 April – 10 May. cadogancontemporary.com ILANA MANOLSON, YARROW, 2017, ACRYLIC ON YUPO PAPER ON BOARD, 65.4CMX48.9CM © THE ARTIST, COURTESY OF CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY…