Home & Garden
Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine June 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
Read More
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

James Basson is best known to British gardeners for his award-winning designs at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, most recently a Maltese quarry garden with brutalist limestone blocks planted with evergreens, perennials and grasses. In this issue we share his latest work, a beautiful, sustainable, private garden in the South of France. Rich in biodiversity, the project is on-going and James notes the role of the artist-gardener in this process; observing, responding to the landscape and making decisions about how and what to replant. “There are probably too many new gardens being designed,” James suggests. The emphasis here is on continuity. Lucy Skellorn is the great-great granddaughter of scientist, politician and gardener Michael Foster. Foster was the first Chair of Physiology at Cambridge University and a man who counted Charles Darwin and…

1 min.

MarinaChristopher Plantswoman Marina introduces us to the many types of verbenas, page 56. “Verbena is a hugely versatile genus, much loved by pollinating insects and with a long season of interest.” John Hoyland John meets Lucy Skellorn, keeper of Foster irises, page 64. “I enjoyed visiting Lucy not just because the irises are so beautiful but because she was so infectiously enthusiastic about them.” Andrea Jones Andrea photographs Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden at Encombe page 46. “The beauty of this elegant estate was overwhelming – Tom’s addition of these graceful gardens was quite seamless.”…

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…

1 min.
dig in

New public forest in Northumberland A significant step has been made towards increasing the number of trees in Britain after Forestry England revealed it has bought 100 hectares of land in Northumberland with the intention of turning it into new woodland. Part of the government’s initiative to create the Great Northumberland Forest, this is the second of three forest sites planned by Forestry England’s North District, which will cover a total of 500 hectares. Planting trees is a vital way of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, helping to tackle climate change. Forestry England is hoping to plant around 250,000 new trees, including spruce, pines and mixed broad leaved trees, and will also ensure that open space will be provided. Work has already begun on planting the first…

3 min.

Burst of sunshine from a master plantsman Hillier Nurseries has unveiled five new plants for 2020, including a particularly interesting specimen from a plant originally grown by plantsman Roy Lancaster. Lysimachia christinae ‘Sunburst’ has been developed by Hillier and is a trailing perennial that can grow to more than 1.5m. Its dark-green foliage is a lovely contrast to the mass of golden-yellow flowers it produces in early summer for four to six weeks. For more information, head to hillier.co.uk Light fantastique Outdoor furniture design company Fermob has teamed up with contemporary French artist Koralie, to turn its sleek, white outdoor Balad lamp design into kaleidoscopes of colour. Koralie’s Balad Vegetal limited edition design, features a pattern of rosettes and palm gardens and will make a charming addition to any garden. Available now for…

1 min.
kitted out