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Gardens Illustrated Magazine January 2021

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.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

With so many wonderful plants to choose from, how best to decide which ones to grow? In this issue we take inspiration from five leading designers who all select the plants they use regularly in the context of wider plant communities; Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design at the University of Sheffield, counts the incredibly beautiful planting scheme at the Barbican in London among his work, designer Marian Boswall’s elegant and contemporary plans are informed by natural plant communities, Conrad Batten’s painterly approach draws on the principles of forest gardening and Tom Massey is the designer of the first organic garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Pioneering French nurseryman Olivier Filippi, our international contributor, is a specialist in plants that thrive using fewer natural resources. What these…

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Tom Massey Tom selects plants suitable for a changing climate, page 29. “I’ve included a selection of some of my favourite plants, a mix of British natives alongside nonnative performers and adaptable species.” Richard Wilford Richard recommends the best erythroniums to brighten a shady corner, page 50. “It is rare that you can say every species of a plant is beautiful but it’s certainly true for erythroniums.” Richard Bloom Photographer Richard visits a Devon garden, page 58. “Snowdrops and cyclamen abound at Higher Cherubeer, so many wonderful varieties mixed with a plethora of other winter-interest plants.”…

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contributing contributing editors 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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reader holidays 2021

11-16 MARCH 2021 GARDENS OF MARRAKECH AND TAROUDANT This special Moroccan garden tour offers a unique selection of 21st-century, mostly private, gardens designed by some of our best-known designers. Tom Stuart-Smith will join the group for two days to guide you through his own creation Le Jardin Secret in the heart of Marrakech, while in Taroudant, we visit a series of remarkable gardens designed by renowned French designers Eric Ossart and Arnaud Mauriéres. The tour also visits the Yves Saint Laurent gardens of Jardin Majorelle and Villa Oasis. Price £3,898 per person (single supplement applies). For more information or to book please contact Boxwood Tours. Tel 01341 241717. Email mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk Website boxwoodtours.co.uk 30 MAY – 3 JUNE 2021 THE FRENCH ROSE GARDEN Rose expert Michael Marriott heads up our popular rose tour, this year travelling…

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garden shows 2021

MARCH 27-28 March Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show, UK Early season plant fair with specialist nurseries. 10am-4pm. From £10. Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7JE. Tel 07530 920585, cornwallgardensociety.org.uk APRIL 9-11 April RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, UK Orchids and early flowering plants. 10am-4pm. £13.50. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8RA. Tel 01245 402013, rhs.org.uk 22-25 April Harrogate Flower Show, UK Celebrating spring gardens. 8.30am-1pm or 1.30pm-6pm. From £15. Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ. Tel 01423 648212, flowershow.org.uk 9-11 April Fête des Plantes de Printemps, France (and 24-26 September Fête des Plantes d’Automne) France’s largest plant festival. 10am-6pm. €14. Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard, Rue de Château, 91940 Saint Jean de Beauregard, France. Tel +33 (0)1 60 12 00 01, chateaudesaintjeandebeauregard.com 30 April…

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dig in

First signs of spring Few new years have been quite so eagerly anticipated by so many as 2021, and gardeners have perhaps never looked forward as much to their first sight of those harbingers of spring: snowdrops. Thankfully, the National Garden Scheme is once again offering the perfect antidote to winter blues and a real chance to blow away the cobwebs with its annual Snowdrop Festival . This year numbers in gardens will be strictly limited, so pre-booking is essential. Ninety-five gardens across the UK will be opening for the festival on dates throughout February, with a few gardens, including Ivy Croft in Herefordshire, opening in January. Among this year’s highlights is Higher Cherubeer in Devon (above), which you can read more about on page 58. Here snowdrops are joined by…