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Gardens Illustrated Magazine November 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

At the turn of the last century, gardener Charles Jones photographed vegetables he had grown in a way that recognised their beauty, earthiness and painterly qualities. Using austere backgrounds and delicate attention to form and shading, Jones elevated turnips, beans, marrows and cauliflowers through studio portraiture. In this issue, gardener Bea Andrews offers a practical guide to using beautiful, ornamental vegetables to make an edible bouquet. Good, strong leaves of chard, chicory or endive, shrubby evergreen herbs in purple and green and freshly unearthed carrots or beets tied with a matching ribbon make a wonderful – and delicious – gift for family and friends. We also visit a garden in the depths of a woodland that was once coppiced to supply charcoal to the gunpowder industry. Today, willow, birch and alder…

2 min

Sarah Cuttle Sarah photographs Fern Alder’s woodland garden, page 32. “Fern’s garden, for me, is the future of gardening: sustainable, all about the wildlife and a complete joy to spend time in.” Bea Andrews Bea shows how to create a bouquet of edible plants, page 68. “I love celebrating the end of a busy growing year with edible gift bouquets packed full of glorious autumn produce.” Tania Compton Tania visits Page Dickey’s garden, page 72. “Page is the sort of person who always puts a posy of flowers and a few carefully selected books on a bedside table. Church House exudes with her charm.” 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…

1 min
rooted in time

Dulwich Picture Gallery reopens this month with a fascinating exhibition that explores the history of photography through the subject of plants and botany. Unearthed: Photography’s Roots is the gallery’s first major photography exhibition and will include more than 100 images, many never exhibited before, from 35 international photographers. Arranged chronologically, with a focus on botany and science, the exhibition will highlight innovations from early pioneers, such as William Henry Fox Talbot, through works from 20th-century photographers including Imogen Cunningham to contemporary works from the likes of Richard Learoyd whose camera obscura still lifes, including his Large Poppies, 2019 (shown above), evoke the still life paintings of the Dutch golden age. The exhibition runs from 21 November 2020 until 9 May 2021. Tickets cost £16.50 and must be booked in advance.…

4 min

ECO-SAVVY SOIL As a student of environmental geography, 20-year-old George Davies knows better than most why gardeners need to replace peat in their compost – its extraction is not only destroying vital habitats, it is also adding to climate change by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Now George has developed his own peat-free alternative for growing healthy, pest-free plants that uses coir, a sustainable by-product of the Sri Lankan coconut industry. For Peat’s Sake comes in a light, dehydrated pack, and once you’ve added water each pack makes around 11.5 litres of growing medium. Packs cost £7 from forpeatssake.co.uk Guided by the experts Whether you’re fascinated by plant science or interested in getting the advice of a horticultural expert on what it takes to maintain a beautiful garden, Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s new…

1 min
kitted out

6 min
november plants

ACER PALMATUM ‘SEIRYU’ I remember being excited to see this plant in a small pot when it was first introduced to the UK, as it had the finely cut leaf form of the smaller dissected-leaved group with the larger growth habit of taller Japanese maples. I have still not seen another cultivar with this combination. The intervening years have not disappointed either as ‘Seiryu’ makes an open, slightly rounded, broad-topped, small tree that beautifully accentuates the delicate tracery of its foliage. That it produces a reliably glorious bonfire of autumn colour, one of the last in the season to do so, is just icing on the cake. AGM*. Height 6m. Origin Garden (species Japan). Conditions Well-drained soil; full sun. Hardiness RHS H6, USDA 5a-8b† . Season of interest Summer to autumn. CHRYSANTHEMUM ‘HILLSIDE APRICOT’ The highlight of one…