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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine February 2020

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

2 min.
editor’s letter

This issue of Gardens Illustrated is a heritage special; a roll call of Britain’s brightest gardening talent and an exploration of what our future horticultural heritage might be. From future-proof planting to leading-edge design, we have included the work of our most influential gardeners and garden designers. Dan Pearson’s boldly forward-looking garden for the Garden Museum in London has been designed with wonder and awe in mind. The planting palette includes recent discoveries by people who might be considered to be the modern-day equivalents of the pioneering Tradescant plant hunters, and in the achingly contemporary setting, each plant is a treasure in itself. Critic Tim Richardson takes the first look at The Newt, Somerset, formerly known as Hadspen House, the garden of Penelope Hobhouse and later the notable Canadian colourists Nori and…

1 min.

Andy Sturgeon Andy begins a new design ideas series, page 96. “I’m starting with gravel gardens, which I use in all sorts of places from tiny urban spaces to the walled gardens of country estates.” Isabel Bannerman Isabel discovers Margery Fish’s snowdrops page 44. “February, and just when I’d almost given up even the ghost of gardening, along come snowdrops dancing in a newborn sunlight.” Howard Sooley Howard remembers time spent at Prospect Cottage, page 74. “Prospect Cottage is still my favourite place to be in the world. To have known Derek, and have gardened there was an extraordinary privilege.”…

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.
hortus loci chelsea plant & garden preview

Tom Massey has already had show garden success with award-winning designs at Hampton Court, Chelsea and the Singapore Garden Festival. His gardens stand out for their skilled combination of hard and soft landscaping. This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will look to promote a much more sustainable approach to gardens with every show garden taking into consideration the way that plants and materials have been sourced, grown and used. It is also the first year that there will be a garden completely founded on organic principles. Designed by Tom Massey for organic dairy company Yeo Valley, with plants grown by Hortus Loci and advice from the Soil Association, the garden will bring together a tapestry of plants with the aim of encouraging wildlife and supporting pollinators. Our reader day held at Hortus…

2 min.
japan’s hidden garden gems

The tour starts with a visit to the internationally celebrated contemporary gardens of Tokachi Millennium Forest, designed by Dan Pearson and situated on Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido. You’ll learn about the spirit of nature and sense of place from head gardener and international speaker Midori Shintani, as well as enjoying a cultural workshop and foraged forest lunch prepared by the gardeners. Returning to the mainland you will delve into the traditional gardens, culture and the unforgettable architecture of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Nara, where gardens will provoke thought and delight in equal measure. Meet with the gardeners of the Chion-in Temple who will demonstrate the fine art of niwaki pruning and offer advice on the tools they use. Discover both renowned gardens and lesser-known hidden cultural gems, such as…

1 min.

Indonesia comes to Kew The Princess of Wales Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has never looked so tropical, thanks to the 25th Orchid Festival on the theme of Indonesia. The country boasts a staggering wealth of biodiversity, with at least 4,000 species of orchids. Visitors at the festival will be transported to the other side of the world, with spectacular displays evoking the many aspects of Indonesian culture and wildlife. A bright-orange orangutan and an erupting volcano made from an array of Indonesia’s fabulous fauna promise to be especially memorable. The festival will also be an opportunity to showcase Kew’s environmental work in the region to protect biodiversity, while exciting after-hours events will feature Indonesian music, dance and cuisine. 8 February – 8 March. Tickets from £12.50. kew.org…