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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine April 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

What is so covetable about a tulip? The bulb that historically sent men mad; it is still listed by many as their favourite flower. Simplicity of form, intensity colour and an early appearance are perhaps part of its appeal. For me, it is also that it waits underground; bud, shoot and leaves fully formed in miniature pushing up only when the conditions are right. In this issue we visit a small, London garden designed by Arne Maynard where brilliant tulips jostle with well-clipped topiary, fruit trees and biodynamically grown vegetables. The tulip cultivars have been selected to flower consecutively from late March until the start of May. Joshua Sparkes, head gardener at Forde Abbey highlights his favourite tulip combinations honed by the four years he spent as a gardener at Sissinghurst…

1 min.

Aaron Bertelsen Aaron begins a new series on growing and cooking fruit and vegetables, page 38. “Everyone can grow something, no matter how large or small a space they have for a kitchen garden.” Richard Wilford Richard chooses the best fritillaries for a spring garden, page 52. “The crown imperials dazzle but I love the more subtle and delicate fritillaries that quietly grace the spring garden.” Jacky Mills Jacky shows how to combine cut flowers with houseplants, page 82. “I love using wildflowers in naturalistic, floral arrangements and grow as many as possible in my own garden.”…

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.
west country kitchen gardens

With the call to grow your own becoming ever louder, our tour offers help, inspiration and expertise on how to grow the finest kitchen garden produce throughout the year. We visit a contrasting selection of the very best examples of kitchen gardens in the South West: we are taken from the plot to the plate at both The Pig at Combe and at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s organic smallholding at River Cottage; at South Wood Farm we see Arne Maynard’s design for a productive potager and we glimpse true estate gardening at Edmondsham House, while also visiting the unusual 18th-century ‘serpentine’ wall of the kitchen garden at Deans Court. As well as organic gardening, we also consider the no-dig approach, as espoused by Charles Dowding at his own impressively productive garden and…

1 min.
dig in

Seeds of sustainability With plant diversity rapidly declining and facing threats from global warming, pollution and war, we’re at risk of losing many indispensable seed sources. Without seeds and their uses in food, medicine and the environment, we will struggle to sustain ourselves. Five artists explore the global efforts towards protecting vital plant species from extinction in a new exhibition opening at Bradford’s Impressions Gallery this month. Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature reveals how biologists, ecologists and artists from around the world are responding to the challenge. Dornith Doherty’s Husk Corn (pictured above) from the series Archiving Eden (2008-2017) draws attention to a valuable source of anthocyanin, an antioxidant used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and colds. 9 April to 4 July. Centenary Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1SD. 10am-6pm.…