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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine December 2017

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.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

This December issue of Gardens Illustrated is packed full of plants and plans to brighten winter days. Brightness in winter feels so important, whether in the gentle light of misty mornings, the soft, tilting glow of early evenings, or the bright excitement of making plans for the festivities ahead. Lime Cross Nursery’s practical guide to propagating conifers (page 60) is a new challenge for those who like a project, and on page 46 Bea Andrews, former head gardener at Sarah Raven’s cut-flower garden at Perch Hill, shares her ideas for home-made Christmas decorations. With winter walks very much in mind, we begin a new series on identifying trees on page 50. Knowing the difference between an oak and an ash or a beech and a hornbeam – even out of season…

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BEA ANDREWS Bea is a self-taught florist and runs a floral design studio in Sussex. She trained in horticulture and has worked with some of the UK’s best growers, and as head gardener at Sarah Raven’s cut-flower garden at Perch Hill. She celebrates Christmas with a range of festive displays on page 46. “I love working with seasonal foliage. Here I combine evergreens and succulents with flowers gathered throughout the year.” RICHARD BLOOM Richard was born into a gardening family and began photographing gardens over 20 years ago. His award-winning photographs appear in many UK and foreign garden and lifestyle magazines. On pages 36 and 68 he takes his camera along to two contrasting gardens in West Sussex and Norfolk. “The two gardens couldn’t have been more different, but both are outstanding and magical in…

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17-20 june 2018 the english rose tour

TOUR LEADER Michael Marriott has worked at David Austin Roses, designing and advising, for the past 30 years. He is an expert on all matters relating to roses, from the extensive range of cultivars and types to successful growing. If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always longed to discover more of this vast and varied genus, this four-day tour will let you indulge in all things rose related. You’ll be welcomed into some wonderful gardens, not least of which is the outstanding David Austin show garden collection, plus a behind-the-scenes, private view of David Austin’s own garden. Austin’s expertise is world-renowned and his emphasis on roses with fragrance and old garden character has won him many devotees. Also featured on the tour are Powis Castle,…

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dig in

WINTER TRAIL Seeing the light The house and award-winning gardens at Forde Abbey, near Chard in Somerset, are always worth a visit, but this December they will be especially magical. As part of the White Christmas, after-dark, winter trail around the gardens, the long herbaceous borders will be illuminated for the first time, lighting up the house and champion trees. Inside the house, the Great Hall and Chapel will be decorated for the festivities, and you’ll also be able to warm up after the trail with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in the tea rooms. 7-10 December, 3.30-8pm. £10. Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU. Tel 01460 221290, fordeabbey.co.uk HORTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE Just the tonic Take a horticultural tour of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, and…

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• The Society of Wood Engravers Exhibition View more than 100 wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts made by artists from the UK at the Kevis House Gallery in Petworth. 11 November – 23 December, 10am-5pm. Kevis House, Lombard Street, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AG. Tel 01798 215007, kevishouse.com • Niwaki Open House Take the opportunity to get some expert advice from the team at Niwaki and browse the Japanese tool supplier’s full range, from garden snips and pruning shears to the company’s iconic tripod ladders. 24-25 November. 8 Chaldicott Barns, Semley, Wiltshire SP7 9AW. Tel 01747 445059, niwaki.com • Great Dixter Christmas Fair Get your Christmas shopping off to the perfect start at the Great Dixter Christmas Fair with festive gifts from local traders, artisans and artists. 25-26 November, 10am-4pm. £5. Great Dixter House and…

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gifts for gardeners