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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine December 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

At the heart of gardening sustainably is forward thinking; one foot in the garden and the other in next week, next month, ten years ahead. Buying less but better, recycling what we once considered to be single-use, plastic plant pots, planting thoughtfully and using horticulture rather than chemicals to keep soil in good health. In this issue of Gardens Illustrated , garden designer Marian Boswall also considers the importance of thoughtful, functional design in a gentle approach to gardening, where pathways take the most obvious route and well-chosen materials, which will eventually meld back into the land, are beautifully crafted. For foragers a hedgerow is a feast of good eating and treats for the larder. On page 44 Alys Fowler recommends the best woody shrubs to choose for an edible hedgerow…

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Charlie Ryrie Charlie creates three Christmas projects, page 62. “Handmade decorations are joyfully personal, and it’s particularly satisfying to create them using only garden materials, snips and twine.” Marian Boswall Marian rounds off her design ideas series by looking at gardens that endure, page 82. “My last piece in this mini series looks at how we can make gardens that stand the test of time.” Agata Wierzbicka Agata illustrates our monthly houseplant feature, page 106. “I’m always amazed at how a much-loved houseplant can start to feel like a good friend – bringing a lot of joy for a little bit of care.”…

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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…

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dig in

Common thread When weaver Emily Mackey accepted a commission from The Shop Floor Project to produce a series of handwoven cushions, she probably didn’t expect to find herself roaming around Great Dixter’s compost heaps on a freezing January morning. But her trip to the famous garden, even in the depths of winter, proved inspirational. Elements of the tall winter grasses, the log piles, even the timber of the house itself have worked their way into her four modernist designs, which demonstrates the beauty of simplicity. The six subtle colourways also capture the essence of the garden on a winter’s day and have a direct link to the garden as the dyes were created using natural plant matter collected at Great Dixter. Prices start at £145. theshopfloorproject.com…

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A full year of growth Best known for her exquisite textile designs for the likes of Zoffany and Morris & Co, artist and printmaker Isla Middleton has now teamed up with her sister Bryony to create a calendar for 2020 that is both a beautiful work of art and a practical guide for gardeners. Bryony, who is head gardener at Sharpham Estate in Devon, has written text to accompany Isla’s original hand-carved linocut prints that offers expert advice on what to sow, grow and harvest each month, so you can plan your gardening year from seed to harvest. Alongside monthly tips there is also a useful growing chart at the back. Printed on recycled, kraft brown paper and using eco inks, the calendar costs £14 from islamiddleton.co.uk Nice work Are you looking to…

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1 Gardening for Wildlife Get a head start on your New Year resolution to increase your garden knowledge by signing up for this new online course from Learning with Experts in partnership with the RHS. Led by Andy McIndoe, the four-lecture Gardening for Wildlife course shows how to make your garden attractive to wildlife, with ideas on plants to suit your garden. learningwithexperts.com 2 Winter Sculpture Exhibition Don’t miss RHS Rosemoor’s annual sculpture exhibition. This year the exhibition will see a host of new artists and includes a specially commissioned piece by Stan Jankowski. 14 November – 31 January 2020, 10am-5pm. Normal garden admission. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH. Tel 01805 624067, rhs.org.uk/rosemoor 3 Chelsea Physic Garden’s Annual Christmas Fair Kick off the festive period with a visit to the Chelsea Physic…