The English Garden June 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 Issues

in this issue

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Iona McLaren Iona is editor of the literary pages of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She has just published her first book, about Bodnant Garden, where she grew up. She writes about its history on page 20. Dr Fay Edwards A former professor, Fay is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and specialises in turning complex research into practical, evidence-based advice. She debunks rose-care myths on page 115. Natasha Goodfellow Natasha is the author of A London Floral. She writes for magazines and curates events such as Herbival, a festival of herbs at the Garden Museum, on 6 June. She visits David Austin Jnr’s garden on page 40.…

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I came across a quote from Gertrude Jekyll a few days ago: “What is one to say about June – the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade?” I thought, Ms Jekyll has really hit the nail on the head there! Isn’t that exactly what we all love about June? And roses, of course, their tight buds now unfurling at pace to fill our gardens with opulent flowers and sumptuous scent. I sometimes wish we could freeze time and hold our gardens at this point forever, but then we wouldn’t be able to look forward to our roses blooming, and half the point would be lost. Still,…

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people to meet

Carol Klein The plantswoman, writer and TV presenter on the joyous inspiration provided by UK gardens and gardeners for her two new series I’m longing to see Great British Gardens. You see bits during the making process, but that’s different from watching the whole year in continuity and the way one place changes and flows with different areas taking centre stage. The second series has twice as many gardens. We visited each one over all four seasons, despite filming with a smaller, socially distanced crew. All the gardens are very different but equally brilliant, and each has unique elements. Llanover, for example, has an emphasis on trees, so the autumnal part is very special. Another joy is meeting the people behind the gardens whose stories are part of the landscape. Take Lesley Jenkins from…

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carol’s favourite gardens

John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries West Midlands I love the way John Massey cares for every single plant in his garden! The focus isn’t on what’s in fashion, but on what will grow beautifully in the right place. Tel: 01384 401996; Great Dixter East Sussex I love its energy. It retains a huge respect for the past and everything that’s gone before it while looking to the future. It encourages people to think about what their gardens mean, particularly in regard to wildlife. Tel: 01797 252878;…

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out & about

Sisley’s Exclusive Tours for 2021 From 13 June, Nationwide Sisley Garden Tours has launched five new four-day Exclusive Escapes so guests can explore beautiful gardens that seldom open to the public and enjoy out-of-hours access to other notable gardens. The small-group tours of 8-12 people explore a range of spaces, from small cottage gardens to large country estates, and destinations include Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Wye Valley and the North York Moors. Expect private coach travel, hand-picked boutique hotels and excellent food. For more information and to book, visit Grow for Crisis Campaign Ends 20 June, Nationwide Crisis has launched a campaign to raise money for those facing homelessness due to financial pressures caused by the pandemic. Everyone is invited to participate by seeking sponsorship to take on various garden challenges.…

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things to do

WATER in the Garden Water is a key part of Iford’s vocabulary, providing the narrative within the grammar of the garden. From high in the woodland a spring rises and cuts a dynamic line through the garden, delivering water to various ponds, basins and rills. It finally terminates at the ‘D’ pool, where a mature magnolia hugs the edge, its draping branches lightly breaking the watery film. Elsewhere, formal and informal pools, fonts and fountains all add to the sound of water that, along with the birdsong, is a constant here. All too often, however, the reality falls short of the dream. If there’s not enough oxygen in the water, pools can stagnate and the equilibrium of micro-organisms is upset. Oxygen is naturally trapped as tiny air bubbles in moving water, but…