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The English Garden

May 2019

Enjoy over 60 beautiful gardens a year with The English Garden. Every issue features country, city, cottage and coastal gardens, with advice on how to recreate them. Be inspired by articles written by the country's top garden designers and discover the best plant varieties for your garden, chosen by expert nurserymen and plantspeople.

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Sussie Bell Sussie is a location photographer who specialises in interiors, crafts and gardens, and loves creating atmospheric shots with natural light. Her captivating images of foxgloves feature on page 107. Joe Wainwright Joe is an award-winning photographer based in north-east Wales and working throughout the UK. His photos of the Dorothy Clive Garden and Aberclwyd Manor both feature in this issue, on pages 20 and 36. Holly Farrell Holly trained at RHS Wisley and is the author of books including Growing Herbs, The Jam Maker’s Garden and RHS Plants from Pips. She visits plant-based skincare producer AS Apothecary on p131.IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; JOE WAINWRIGHT…

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May means one thing in The English Garden’s office, and that’s the Chelsea Flower Show. All spring we look forward to seeing the show gardens we’ve been reading about come to fruition, following months of planning and weeks of hard work building them on the showground. Some may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re a keen gardener you have to experience Chelsea at least once. That’s why I’m especially happy to tell you about our competition to win a pair of tickets to this year’s show, including an overnight stay and VIP breakfast – turn to page 85 to find out how to enter and what you can expect to see at Chelsea 2019.The rest of this issue is just like May: bursting with fresh new growth…

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peony party

Spetchley Park Gardens This historic garden (above) in Worcestershire is home to rare plants, shrubs and trees from across the globe. In spring, over 160 herbaceous and tree peonies bloom. Tel: 01905 345106; spetchleygardens.co.uk Cambridge University Botanic Gardens Discover more than 8,000 plant species growing in different areas. Peonies cluster in various sections of this garden, including glamorous white Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Rock’s Variety’ on the Lynch Walk. Tel: 01223 336265; botanic.cam.ac.uk Hidcote Manor Gardens Stroll around a series of thematic outdoor rooms at this garden in Kent and enjoy a flamboyant collection of tree peonies in the Pillar Garden and further herbaceous and tree varieties elsewhere. Tel: 01386 438333; nationaltrust.org.uk Highdown Gardens Herbaceous peonies stud this chalk garden in the South Downs. It also…

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melbourne hall gardens

Derbyshire Melbourne Hall Gardens, with its sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas, is one of the best surviving early 18th-century English gardens in the manner of Le Notre.These enchanting and peaceful gardens are spread over 17 acres and feature an original wrought iron arbour by renowned ironsmith Robert Bakewell, a yew tunnel, 18th-century statuary and a variety of water features.The beautiful woodland and waterside planting includes meconopsis, candelabra primulas, various styrax and Cornus kousa, as well as colourful herbaceous borders. Melbourne Hall Gardens, Church Square, Melbourne, Derby, Derbyshire DE73 8EN. Opens for the NGS on 18 and 19 May, 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Home-made teas available. Adult £6; Children free. …

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art amid art

Art Unbound 26 May-8 September, Gloucestershire Visit Painswick, England’s only complete surviving rococo garden, for an exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture inspired by the garden’s quirky ethos. The exhibition will showcase a diverse variety of works by 18 sculptors from around the UK alongside a programme of artist workshops. Curator Anna Greenacre says: “With its long vistas, eclectic follies, secret spaces, formal avenues and wild areas, the playful garden is the perfect setting for this exhibition.” Standard admission fees apply. Tel: 01452 813204; rococogarden.org.uk …