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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine August 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

Designer Nigel Dunnett is famed for his critically acclaimed public planting, notably his rhythmic Olympic Park scheme in Stratford, east London, and the colourful meadowesque planting he has installed amid the Brutalist architecture of London’s Barbican Centre. Roundabouts and traffic islands in Sheffield’s city centre, joyful with wildflowers, are further testament to the scope of his work. Nigel’s planting is designed to evoke the same human response as immersion in nature, be it awe and wonder in a vast steppe landscape or the hush of a bluebell wood. Pleasure is his driver. Is it possible to achieve the same human response within a small garden? Nigel’s own garden near Sheffield suggests yes. Immersive and painterly with repeating rhythms, textures and colour, it is a place where beauty and wildlife co-exist. The garden…

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MARIANNE MAJERUS Marianne photographs a small London garden, page 88. “I was struck by how the bronzy brown hues of the planting interacted with the Corten steel architecture.” ALYS FOWLER Alys visits Nigel Dunnett’s private garden, page 42. “It is always a joy to have an insight to a designer’s own garden as you often get to see their freer, more experimental side.” MARIAN BOSWALL Marian begins a new design series, page 112. “I’ll be sharing my approach to landscape design through connecting to the land, starting with our ancient landscape.”…

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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 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…

1 min.
dig in

ROSE-TINTED At one time a rose garden conjured up a very formal affair, but planting designers are now discovering how versatile this summer favourite can be. Increasingly, roses are being used in more naturalistic, meadow-style plantings, intermingled with ornamental grasses and layered with choice perennials and annuals, to create a richly textured effect. To help gardeners create their own rose meadows the garden charity Perennial has launched a helpful kit that offers practical instructions from Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill, who designed a sustainable, low-maintenance rose meadow for the charity’s display at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The kit explains the key principles of a rose meadow, detailing the layering of plants and offers suggestions for perennials and grasses as well as roses to plant. Also included is a packet…

2 min.

FRESH CUTS As the trend for British cut flowers continues, the Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend (16-18 August) is a new event offering the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes at flower farms across the country and meet the people on the front line of this growing industry. More than 100 growers from the Flowers from the Farm co-operative will open their doors over the weekend, hosting events such as floristry workshops and pick-your-own sessions. See website for full details. flowersfromthefarm.co.uk MOONLIGHT Fermob has added a stylish new outdoor lamp to its lighting collection. Called Mooon!, the globe-shaped floor and table lamps have a dimmable, LED light that shines in a cool or warm-white light. With chargeable batteries, the cordless lamps can be placed anywhere in the garden, and the floor lamp…

3 min.

1 Back to school with the RHS It’s never too late to develop new skills and increase your gardening knowledge, and now is the time to enrol for the highly respected RHS horticultural qualifications starting in September. Courses, designed to fit around work and other commitments, are held at more than 80 approved centres across the UK, and you can choose between a theoretical or a practical, hands-on mode of study. rhs.org.uk/qualifications 2 Sizergh Gardener’s Tour Join one of Sizergh Castle’s expert gardeners to uncover the highlights of the season and take home some top tips for your own garden. First Sunday of every month until October. 11am-12pm and 1.30-2.30pm, free with admission. Sizergh Castle, nr Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8DZ. Tel 01539 560951, nationaltrust.org.uk 3 Leckford Estate Tour with Perennial Join nursery and landscaping manager…