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Gardens Illustrated Magazine October 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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Wildside, the garden of pioneering plantsman Keith Wiley, is the most exciting and innovative garden in Britain today. Designer, gardener and builder, Keith has created Wildside from the land by his own hand, carving pools and canyons to make spaces inspired by the natural landscape. Broadleaf trees with repeating forms, such as magnolias, apples and acers, thread parts of Wildside together underplanted with perennials, there are pine and birch trees on higher ground and lower, open areas with hummocky grasses punctuated with vibrant colour. Wildside takes its cue from the plant communities that Keith has visited worldwide and modified to make a garden, with energy and originality at the fore. At the cutting edge of design, gardens are becoming increasingly understated and less garden-like. In US architecture there is a vogue…

1 min.
contributors

Tim Richardson Tim visits a garden in California, page 74. “It was great to visit this Ron Lutsko garden. He’s such an interesting designer – a plantsman, with a grounding in mid-century modernist style.” Helen Picton Helen, chooses some of the best small-flowered asters for autumn colour, page 44. “It’s incredible the late season beauty that can be created using small flowered asters in the garden.” Andrew Montgomery Andrew photographs JamJar’s pressed flowers, page 68. “Amy and Melissa create such beautiful pieces that you end up seeing ordinary garden flowers in a whole new light.”…

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…

1 min.
dig in

Tapping into the green pound It’s probably no surprise to discover that world-famous gardens such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Sissinghurst (above) are high on the visit list of many of those holidaying in the UK. Garden tourism generates almost £3 billion of UK GDP, but according to a new report from the Government’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee, this is a fraction of what could be achieved with a more co-ordinated approach to garden tourism. One of the Committee’s recommendations is the creation of a new UK Garden City competition, similar to the UK City of Culture, that would help to promote the cultural and economic contribution of the garden sector, through a year-long programme of events. It’s also hoped that such a scheme would help raise…

2 min.
news

EXPERT EYE Although best known for his landscapes, John Nash was also an accomplished botanical artist, who illustrated the nursery catalogues of his friend the plantsman Clarence Elliott. This month you can see some of his illustrations, from the private collection of Martin Elliott, Clarence’s grandson, in an exhibition The Artist & The Plantsman at the Sam Wilson shop in Stow-on-the-Wold. It’s one of the highlights of Stow Arts Week with events across the Cotswold town. 28 September – 6 October. stowartweek.com Bright spark All summer Agapanthus Fireworks (= ‘Mdb001’) has been turning heads, coming a strong third in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year competition and wining Best New Plant at the HTA National Plant Show. The eye-catching agapanthus has exotic-looking, two-tone flowers that don’t fade in colour and…

2 min.
diary

1 Cheltenham Literature Festival Among the garden-related speakers at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival, are nature writer Emma Mitchell (pictured), discussing her new book on the nature’s health benefits and Jackie Bennett on the gardens that inspired history’s greatest painters. cheltenhamfestivals.com 2 Tranquillity Haven Don’t miss the chance to visit this Japanese Stroll Garden when it opens for the NGS this month. Tranquillity Haven, Lords Land, Whitton, Knighton, Powys LD7 1NJ. 5 October, 2pm-5pm. £4. Tel 01547 560070, ngs.org.uk 3 Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair Browse some of Europe’s best specialist nurseries, in the beautiful surroundings of Great Dixter. 5-6 October, 11am-4pm. £10. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. Tel 01797 252878, greatdixter.co.uk 4 Wood Fest RHS Wisley Learn more about traditional woodworking skills in a weekend celebration at RHS Garden Wisley. 5-6 October, 9am-5pm,…