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Gardens Illustrated Magazine October 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

October is the opportunity to leapfrog winter into spring. So much in the garden is about planning and in this issue we share the best and most beautiful bulbs to plant for pollinators. From a late-f lowering snowdrop, to a delicate erythronium, to the Turk’s cap lily, described as ‘truly an artist’s f lower’ by organic bulb specialist Adam Hunt, our recommendations have been chosen for their beauty, reliability and value to foraging insects. Note that it is important to plant a range of different bulbs that will f lower across as long a season as possible, as well as selecting those that have been grown without the use of pesticides including neonicotinoids. You’ll want a notebook and pencil to hand. In the first of a new propagation series, Matthew Reese,…

1 min

Marianne Majerus Marianne photographs an elegantly polished garden, page 40. “Photographers dream of misty mornings and beautifully designed gardens. In this garden designed by Acres Wild the dream came true.” Lia Leendertz Lia talks to Horatio’s Gardens founder Dr Olivia Chapple, page 68. “It was a real honour to meet Olivia. She has turned her heartbreak and love for her son into something so hugely positive.” Caroline Beck Caroline visits a third-generation grower, page 88. “Flower growers are in demand this year. There’s a deep appreciation of local growers producing beauty you can’t get online.”…

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contributing editors

James Basson James lives in the South of France where he runs Scape Design with his wife Helen, specialising in low-maintenance and dry gardens. He is a fervent advocate for creating sustainable landscapes. The winner of four Chelsea Gold medals, he was awarded Best in Show in 2017. Fergus Garrett Fergus was appointed head gardener at Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd in 1993. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge through student programmes at Dixter and worldwide lectures. He was awarded an RHS Associate of Honour in 2008 and an RHS Victoria Medal of Honour in 2019. Anna Pavord Anna’s books include her bestseller The Tulip and most recently Landskipping. For 30 years she was The Independent’s gardening correspondent. In 2000 the RHS awarded her the Veitch Memorial Medal. She lives and gardens in…

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gardens are for people

Join us for this year’s NGS Annual Lecture by renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and his wife Sue, a leading psychiatrist and psychotherapist whose interest in the benefits of gardens for people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing forms the basis of her acclaimed book, The Well Gardened Mind . For both, the garden they have created together at The Barn in Hertfordshire (above) has been a source of inspiration for their careers and married life, and their talk will weave together the story of the garden, their working lives and the impact gardens have on our wellbeing. Held in association with Gardens Illustrated , the online lecture will be live-streamed at 7pm on 11 November, followed by an interactive Q&A with Tom and Sue. Tickets cost £25, including a…

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Magic touch If you’re hoping to add a touch of stunning colour to your garden next spring then Magnolia ‘Genie’, with flowers that range from dusky pink to rich burgundy atop dark-green foliage might just help grant that wish. Developed by New Zealand breeder Vance Hooper, M. ‘Genie’ is the result of 15 years of plant breeding between M. x soulangeana and M. liliiflora, and among its many accolades it has now been awarded a gold medal by the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society in the Netherlands. Growing to around 3m over ten years, the compact magnolia offers weeks of magical colour from April to May and will often flower again in midsummer. Available from Crocus priced £49.99 for a three-litre pot. crocus.co.uk Cut flowers When artist Diana Forbes struggled to source many of…

3 min

1 Our Future is Nature Inspired: PlaMatSu Exhibition Discover how the surface properties of plant leaves and petals have inspired man-made materials, from Velcro to self-cleaning glass, in this exhibition at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Until 31 October, 10am-6pm (5pm from 1 October). Entry to the exhibition is included in the garden’s admission price, but tickets must be booked in advance. 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE. Tel 01223 336265, botanic.cam.ac.uk 2 Art in the Garden Enjoy Surrey Sculpture Society’s first open-air exhibition within the 35 acres of the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, near Egham, Surrey. More than 60 works will be on display from artists such as Mark Reed whose Ammonite Sliver is shown above right. Until 3 November, 9.30am-6pm (4.30pm from 1 November). Entry to the exhibition is included in…