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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine May 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

This issue of Gardens Illustrated celebrates eco-luxe planting and garden design. Perched on sloping ground above a wooded valley in the midst of the Cornish countryside, the garden at the Old Rectory has been designed by Conrad Batten with sustainability in mind. The planting; a fusion of wildf lowers, edibles and ornamentals, such as roses and poppies, is rhythmic, free-f lowing and adventurous. It treads lightly, pushing established limits of plant hardiness and planting design. In Kent, the immersive plantsman’s garden around a small, black-painted house takes its cue from Henry David Thoreau’s quest for self-sufficiency during a two-year sojourn in a cabin in the woods at Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Its gardener, Andy Salter, has been inspired in part by time spend working at Great Dixter in Sussex. Trees, shrubs,…

1 min.

Troy Scott Smith Troy recommends the best Siberian irises, page 56. “As the shooting star of the garden or in a supporting act, there is a Siberian iris for everyone and for every garden.” Annie Gatti Annie travels to Connemara to meet Irish basket maker and artist Joe Hogan, page 86. “It was such a privilege to see how the craft of basket weaving has become an art form in Joe Hogan’s hands.” Lisa Linder Lisa photographs Joe Hogan for our feature, page 86. “Such a kind man, inspired by his stunning surroundings. Even in torrential rain, you could not help but love Loch Na Fooey’s beauty.”…

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.
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.
near from afar

Even though we haven’t been able to visit gardens this spring, thanks to a multitude of virtual tours online, we’ve still been able to get a garden fix from the comfort of our own homes. Among the many gardens now offering tours online are the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, where through 360-degree mapping, you can take a virtual wander along The Thyme Walk (pictured), The Laurel Tunnel, The Wildflower Meadow and more. Many other gardens, including he National Trust’s Hidcote, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, RHS Garden Wisley and Birmingham Botanical Gardens are also offering online tour experiences. To find more virtual garden tours to online, visit gardensillustrated.com/virtual-garden-tours…

3 min.

EXOTIC HOUSE GUEST The University of Bristol Botanic Garden has welcomed a new resident to its tropical greenhouse this spring. Seven years ago the Garden obtained seed of the turquoise jade vine flower (Strongylodon macrobotrys) from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and now, in a horticultural triumph, the rare flower has bloomed. The jade vine can grow up to 100 metres in length in its native Philippines where it is currently under threat from deforestation. Bristol Botanic Garden is now one of only a handful of gardens in the UK to house this rare plant; just six other gardens, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have one. botanic-garden.bristol.ac.uk Beers and bees To celebrate the arrival of warmer days, Camden Town Brewery has released a limited-edition lager, Blooming Hells, inspired by the British springtime.…