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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine Special 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

What it is that makes growing things so captivating is something I’ve been trying to pin down ever since I planted my first garden. It’s a nebulous question and one I put to Allan Jenkins, best known as the editor of Observer Food Monthly but also a sower and grower at Plot 29, a north London allotment. Allan describes a packet of seed as ‘a pact with the future’ and an intuitive approach backed by experience. He speaks of being rooted in past and future, and working with rather than against the land. ‘Sometimes I just pop by the plot to say hello, or goodbye if I am going away’. When garden designer Dan Pearson spoke to Sissinghurst’s head gardener Troy Scott Smith about his latest project, there was talk of…

1 min.

CHARLOTTE HARRIS Charlotte is a garden and landscape designer who won Gold for her first RHS Chelsea Show garden this year. She now runs a collaborative practice with Hugo Bugg from studios in Exeter and London. This issue she is one of four top designers who are recommending their favourite nurseries on page 17. “Beautiful gardens are the sum of many parts, not least their plants. All these nurseries we use for advice, inspiration, quality and choice.” ALLAN JENKINS Allan is editor of Observer Food Monthly. Previously on The Independent, he once lived in an experimental eco-community on Anglesey, growing organic food on the edge of the Irish sea. His book Plot 29 was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. On page 60 he shares his thoughts on nature and nurture. “I found peace among…

2 min.
gardens of the italian lakes

TOUR LEADER Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and lover of all things Italian. She combines a successful garden design consultancy with lecturing, writing and judging internationally. Our journey to the Italian Lakes will take us to some of the finest lakeside and island gardens of this uniquely beautiful region. We will travel mostly by boat, discovering landscapes of quiet enchantment and sublime grandeur. While our days will be infused with exquisite light, by night we will revel in the fin de siècle atmosphere of our lakeside hotels. The warm, humid microclimate results in exceptional growing conditions, with much to enthuse the plantsman. Combining great botanical interest with the fascinating history of the gardens’ origins, our tour will move from the Renaissance to the 20th century through compelling and often neglected chapters…

3 min.
hortus loci chelsea plant preview

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcases not just the best garden designs and designers but also the best plants, and nursery Hortus Loci is a key grower for the show gardens – the details of which are usually kept top secret until the event. Working in close partnership with designers, the growing and sourcing of plants begins as much as a year before the show, reaching a frenzy of logistics once the garden builds begin in early May. Our Reader Day will give you a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants being grown for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, just before they head off for Chelsea. You’ll get a sneak peek at what’s likely to be this year’s must-have plant, as well as an insight into the planning and growing process.…

1 min.
kitted out

10 min.
trade secrets

1 Special Plants Derry Watkins’ treasure trove of a nursery is located in a beautiful valley outside Bath. It is packed with eclectic, unusual and – as the name suggests – special plants from all over the world, both hardy and tender, for outside and in. There’s always something new to discover. Seeds can be ordered online and plants are available to buy from the nursery (open daily March to October). Derry is also an inspiring plantswoman and speaker, and runs many courses. Greenways Lane, Cold Ashton, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 8LA. T 01225 891686. W specialplants.net 2 Phoenix Perennial Plants Marina Christopher’s knowledge of interesting and unusual perennials is encyclopaedic. She grew many plants from seed for Hugo Bugg’s Royal Bank of Canada garden at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show. Most were natives to the Levant…