The English Garden February 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.

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Clive Nichols Clive, who recently appeared on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Weekend show, is one of the country’s leading garden photographers, and helped judge our Nation’s Favourite Gardens competition. Chris Beardshaw Chris is a designer, plantsman, author and broadcaster. He has been creating gardens and landscapes for over 25 years; his latest, at Pitmedden, Scotland, opens this year. He visits Wollerton Old Hall on page 46. Stephen Hackett Stephen trained as a gardener in 2010 after a 25-year-long career in arts education. He has been head gardener at Horatio’s Garden in Salisbury since 2016 and he explains its ethos and creation on page 30. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; CLIVE NICHOLS; JAYNE LLOYD…

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Regular readers will remember our Nation’s Favourite Gardens competition, where you nominated and voted for your favourite gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme. We were taken aback by how many of you participated, but perhaps, knowing how passionately people feel about this superb charity, we shouldn’t have been. The results were six gorgeous winning gardens from each of the Scheme’s regions, one of which – Coton Manor in Northamptonshire – was the overall winner, having gained the most votes of all. This issue, having photographed the gardens last year, we bring you those winners. Several were photographed by Clive Nichols, who was one of the judges on the shortlisting panel, along with me, the National Garden Scheme’s chief executive George Plumptre and, representing Viking, the competition’s sponsor, garden designer…

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people to meet

Ann-Marie Powell The author, TV presenter and award-winning garden designer on how the Instagram gardening community inspired her new book The gardeners on social media restored my gardening mojo during the first lockdown. I’d forgotten how to enjoy my garden because I was always thinking about someone else’s. But, in March 2020, I got to work on my neglected plot and documented my progress live on Instagram each day – so many people tuned in to share their knowledge and support. During a hard time, it was helpful to know that at 12.30pm each day I would be talking to lots of lovely people, no matter what. I wanted to harness this amazingly positive thing. My Real Garden is filled with the tips, experiences and favourite plants of this wonderful community, and its…

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ann-marie’s favourite gardens

Waltham Place Berkshire This garden on the outskirts of Maidenhead features such a wonderful mixture of wild and cultivated areas. The result is a beautiful space that has a truly magical atmosphere. Tel: 01628 825517; RHS Wisley Surrey This is the first garden that I visited when I started my horticultural training and I credit it with setting me on the path that I now follow. I feel extremely privileged to have designed 2.5 acres at Wisley now. Tel: 01483 224234;…

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out & about

Mapperton wins Garden of the Year Mapperton House and Gardens in Dorset has been named winner of the prestigious annual Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award, now in its 36th year. The Grade II* listed garden, with its varied planting and peaceful atmosphere, came up trumps against a shortlist of eight gardens including Arley Hall in Cheshire, Painshill Park in Surrey and Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire. This year saw a record-breaking poll with more than 11,000 votes cast by members of the public. Those voting for Mapperton expressed a particular love of its Italianate gardens. Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden exhibition Buckinghamshire’s Waddesdon Manor is set to host several events and exhibitions from the beginning of 2021, including an exhibition of large-scale photography by Nick Knight from 13 February…

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things to do

Care for GRASSES February is the perfect time to make a start on cutting back deciduous grasses. Many popular garden grasses are deciduous, such as miscanthus, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, deschampsia, molinia, and pennisetum. Most of these grasses are left to stand during winter because their weathered, beige- and biscuit-coloured stems and ornamental seedheads put on such a long-lasting display. But by February or March, even the most decorative grasses start to flag, and their old leaves and stems need to be cut back to the base just before new shoots emerge. Cut back any later, and you risk damaging the fresh spring growth. Use secateurs, shears or even an electric hedge trimmer if you have lots of grasses to prune. Some deciduous grasses such as Pennisetum orientale (below) start into growth…