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The English Garden

October 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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Anna Omiotek-Tott London-based photographer Anna specialises in gardens, plants and florals. She loves finding amazing gardens to capture, like the one created by Rosemary Alexander on page 36. Alun Callender Alun has been fascinated by the art of photography since his late teens. Portraiture is a particular passion and he’s inspired by creative people. He photographed fabric artist Natasha Hulse, featured on page 101. Nick Mann Nick runs Habitat Aid and is a trustee of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. He has a passion for heritage fruit trees, hedges and wildflower meadows, and extols the virtues of orchards on page 83.…

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Reading Nick Mann’s feature on orchards has made me long for one of my own. I’ve long harboured dreams of bountiful fruit trees laden with juicy cargo in late summer and autumn, the grass below spangled with daffodils in spring. Maybe one day, but for now I’ll have to content myself with watching the ring-necked parakeets that live in my corner of south east London flock to the apple tree in the garden next door, squawking and performing acrobatics to peck at the fruit. If I did suddenly find myself in possession of enough space, this would be the time of year to set those orchard plans in motion. Autumn marks the start of the bare-root planting season and is the time to order and plant trees of all kinds: ornamental,…

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mountain marvels

Harewood House Designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, these 100-acre gardens in Leeds offer a taste of the Himalayas. Paths lead through a gorge filled with primulas, orchids, blue poppies and more than 50 kinds of rhododendron. Tel: 0113 2181010; harewood.org The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park Peter and Caroline Roberts have transformed their Yorkshire home with plants of wild origin from the Sino-Himalayan area and more than 70 contemporary sculptures. Tel: 01765 658009; himalayangarden.com Minterne The Himalayan gardens at Minterne in Dorset blaze with colour in autumn. Mature trees including 200 acers create splashes of russet, scarlet and yellow that are reflected in tranquil lakes and streams. Tel: 01300 341370; minterne.co.uk Muncaster Enjoy Sino-Himalayan Gardens within this 77-acre expanse overlooking the Cumbrian fells. You’ll be able to spot many rare specimens as well as one of the…

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east ruston old vicarage

Norwich, Norfolk Rare and unusual plants abound in this fabulous 32-acre garden near Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast. Traditional borders and modern landscapes include walled gardens, a rose garden, an exotic garden, topiary and box parterres, water features, a Mediterranean garden, inspirational containers and a monumental fruit cage. There’s also a cornfield and meadow gardens, vegetable and cutting gardens, parkland and a heritage orchard, all of which has been created from scratch by dedicated owners Alan Gray and Graham Robeson. East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9HN. Opens for the NGS on Saturday 12 October 12pm-5.30pm. Adult: £9.50; child: £1. Visit ngs.org.uk for details.…

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book worms

Cheltenham Literature Festival 4-13 October, Cheltenham The world’s oldest literature festival returns for its 70th anniversary year. More than 1,000 writers and thinkers will gather for ten days of literary revelry, including Jackie Bennett with an introduction to the gardens that inspired great painters, plus Anne Chambers and Vanessa Berridge offering up a selection of expert gardening tips. Head to the website for the full line-up and booking details. Tel: 01242 850270; cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature…