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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine March 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

It is possible to plant a lot bulbs in a small garden. Dryad Nursery in North Yorkshire is a case in point. Specialising in exquisite miniature narcissi (with an early side hustle of snowdrops), this tiny, back-garden nursery grows a much-coveted list of small, choice f lowers. Miniature narcissi instil the same fervour in enthusiasts as snowdrops, due in part perhaps to their intricacy and detail. Who doesn’t share the miniaturist’s love of small things? The perfect miniature narcissus has clear colour, graceful form and a delicacy of f lower, and a single bulb can exchange hands for a several hundred pounds. There is a worldwide waiting list for the rarest bulbs. On a site in Somerset, Avon Bulbs specialises in year-round bulbs for the f lower garden. Nurserymen Alan Street…

1 min.

Keith Wiley Keith continues his series of monthly recommendations for plants to grow, page 24. “As a passionate plantsman, a year-long trawl through some of my favourite plants has been a joy.” Tilly Ware Tilly visits a bulb-filled garden in Cambridgeshire, page 50. “Chippenham Park has a particularly strong spirit: the ancient trees, canals, old buildings and acres of bulbs are quietly magnificent.” Ben Preston Head gardener Ben starts a new series on container planting, page 44. “Playing with interesting plants and clever combinations brings creativity to the garden – with pots for every season.”…

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

GUEST SPEAKER Tom Massey has already had show garden success with award-winning designs at Hampton Court Palace, 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…

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.
dig in

Photo finishers Albert Ceolan, from Italy, has won the award for International Garden Photographer of the Year with his photograph of a forest ravaged by Storm Vaia in 2018. The storm caused a staggering amount of damage to forests in northeast Italy, ripping up around eight million cubic metres of wood in just one day. The photograph was entered in the new Plants & Planet category, which was created with the aim of spreading a green message to a wider audience. A selection of winning photographs from all main categories in the competition can be seen at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until 8 March, before touring around the UK. For a full list of venues and dates, visit igpoty.com…