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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine Special 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

The colour in my own garden has never felt so intense. The light is different – I am different – and the garden feels full in every sense. A small garden in the heart of the city, I feel as immersed as Rousseau’s tiger in a tropical storm when I sit outside to eat lunch. ‘Colour makes people feel alive,’ garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair told writer Kendra Wilson when she visited Green Rise, James’s Oxfordshire garden, for this issue of Gardens Illustrated . Vibrant opium poppies in jam-red, amethyst and plum are a permanent fixture along with superior forms of other wildf lowers; the poppies have been grown from seed originally given to James by a young Dan Pearson. In the garden they grow alongside new and unusual plants from Britain’s…

1 min.

Jonny Bruce Jonny visits Olivier and Clara Filippis’ dry, Mediterranean garden, page 78. “An inspiring garden where the Filippis’ passion for Mediterranean flora is felt in every inch of its dense plantings.” Annaïck Guitteny Annaïck photographs designer Alison Jenkins’ garden, page 38. “It was a privilege to photograph Alison’s garden; her passion and knowledge of plants shine through in a breathtaking setting.” Alys Fowler Alys falls for Itoh peonies, page 66. “Peonies are heady, sensual blooms, well worth investing in whether towering tree peonies or the collectable Itohs, and Primrose Hall has them all.”…

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 beginning for Benton End Benton End in Suffolk resonates with both art and garden lovers. Once home to the artist gardener Sir Cedric Morris, it was the base from which he and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines ran the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. Its garden was also a source of inspiration for Morris’s work from Panel of Flowers (shown) to his paintings of the many iris cultivars he famously bred in the garden. Now the Benton End House and Garden Trust is working with the Garden Museum to preserve the house and garden and re-establish it as a centre for artistic and horticultural education. To support the museum visit gardenmuseum.org.uk and follow @benton.end on Instagram for the latest developments.…

4 min.

Style and function Who says work wear can’t be stylish? A new range of work wear from Niwaki, includes this Kojima Work Jacket. Handmade from selvedge denim in Kojima, the famous hub of Japanese denim, the jacket is loose fitting with double-lined pockets and sleeves designed to be rolled up. Perfect for garden work. Prices from £259. niwaki.com Design on your doorstep A new initiative, developed in collaboration with garden designer Jo Thompson, is set to transform the colour of people’s gardens. Colour My Garden is a subscription service that offers a year-round bulb design and supply scheme. Available in four pricing plans, depending on your size of garden, the scheme offers a selection of flower bulbs and tubers throughout the year that can be used to create colourful container displays or to…

1 min.
kitted out

8. Sneeboer Digging Fork, stainless steel and ash, £104.99, crocus.co.uk…