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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine June 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

The Radicepura Garden Festival in Sicily opened in April. To those more familiar with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this is a different type of garden event where the gardens remain in situ for six months and then are judged at the end of this period. The festival is biennial and the key designs remain permanently in place. Visit this year and as well as seeing Andy Sturgeon’s Layers (new for 2019, with exquisite planting and curved walls based on storage leaves of bulb pushing into life when conditions are right) you can also enjoy James Basson’s Alpheus and Arethusa from 2017 and see how it has evolved. This way of exploring design and planting ideas over time feels in keeping with the zeitgeist and is very elegant. It captures…

1 min.

KENDRA WILSON Kendra visits an architect’s garden in London, page 48. “There is something very calming about a small outdoor space when the soft and hard landscaping work together this well.” RACHEL WARNE Rachel photographs an Oxford garden, page 74. “The moment I walked into this garden I became instantly relaxed. Angus has created a serene space with beautiful planting. Absolute bliss.” CLARE COULSON Clare visits the Old Rectory, page 62. “It was a really inspiring garden to visit, not least because David manages most of it single handed and has the drive to continue pushing it forward.”…

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 programmes at Dixter and worldwide lectures. He was awarded an RHS Associate of Honour in 2008 and an RHS Victoria Medal of Honour in 2019. 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…

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.…

2 min.
gardens of normandy

We travel to northern France for a four-day tour of some of Normandy’s best-loved gardens. Our base in Dieppe puts us within easy reach of the village of Varengeville-sur-Mer, which boasts five exceptional gardens, including the gardens of Bois des Moutiers, a Lutyens/Jekyll collaboration where we will also be invited to view the house with a tour by the owners. Le Vasterival is the creation of the late Princess Greta Sturdza who created a woodland garden in the Gardenesque style. The Princess famously continued with the development of her garden right up to her death at the age of 94 in 2009. Other gardens include Château de Miromesnil with a charming walled potager, Shamrock with its remarkable collection of hydrangeas, Jardin Agapanthe, a densely planted garden defined by a powerful…