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Gardens Illustrated Magazine February 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

Tom Stuart-Smith’s iconic design for The Hepworth Wakefield draws inspiration from its setting between 19th-century red brick mills and an angular, 21st-century art gallery. On the edge of the raging River Calder, the garden echoes the striking, trapezoidal form of the gallery, yet reflects Barbara Hepworth’s deep connection to the landscape. The planting has been chosen to evolve throughout the year – Tom notes that “attachment to nature and place is stronger with variety” and has provenance, from the tulips selected for spring; Wakefield is home to the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society, one of the oldest extant English florists’ societies, to perennials in high summer. On page 34 Alys Fowler explores how the seasons shift and change in this new and remarkable garden. In a new series, plantsman Jimi…

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Jimi Blake The creator of Hunting Brook Garden, Jimi begins a new plantsperson’s column, page 22. “What a challenge to pick only ten plants each month out of the thousands of different plants I grow.” Troy Scott Smith Troy suggests the best biennials to grow from seed, page 64. “Spring and early summer just wouldn’t be the same without a few biennials to add colour, scent and magic.” Alister Thorpe Alister photographs a small, Stefano Marinaz-designed garden, page 70. “There’s an ethereal quality to this design that emanates from Stefano’s planting. I left full of ideas.”…

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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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private gardens of provence

GUEST HOST James Basson lives in the south of France where he and his wife Helen run award-winning Scape Design. TOUR LEADER Kirsty Fergusson trained at Capel Manor. She is now a garden writer living in France. The region of Provence, in southeast France, with its long, hot and dry summers provides a wonderful opportunity to learn how to design and plant gardens adapted to such conditions. The landscape remains essentially unchanged: medieval hill towns rise among olive groves and vineyards, and fields of lavender and sunflowers soak up the sunshine. Dusty roads fringed with pines give way to banks of wild cistus, rosemary and thyme. Hidden behind old iron gates or an avenue of ancient plane trees, old country estates have been elegantly rejuvenated in recent years by contemporary designers, creating…

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japan’s hidden garden gems

TOUR LEADER Hannah Gardner Kew-trained horticulturist, Hannah works as a head gardener and garden consultant, with a particular passion for studying plant communities worldwide – including time she spent in Japan. The tour starts with a visit to the internationally celebrated contemporary gardens of Tokachi Millennium Forest, designed by Dan Pearson and situated on Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido. You’ll learn about the spirit of nature and sense of place from head gardener and international speaker Midori Shintani, as well as enjoying a cultural workshop and foraged forest lunch prepared by the gardeners. We’ll also study the stunning autumn flora of the nearby mountains. Then we transfer to Honshu, Japan’s mainland, to delve into the traditional gardens, culture and the unforgettable architecture of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Nara, where gardens will…

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dig in

The world’s a stage The international photography competition, Earth Photo, has announced its 2020 winners. The competition, which is created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society, showcases the very best in nature, environmental and geographical photography. After receiving more than 2,600 entries, judges awarded the overall winning prize to photographer Jonk, for a series of four photographs, including Theater, Abkhazia region of Georgia (main image above) that showcase buildings abandoned by civilisation and re-conquered by nature, and which aim to awaken our ecological consciousness. Runners up included (above from left), Wetland in Winter by Yu Qiyong, taken in Shandong Province, China; Toxic Sap by Roberto Bueno, taken in Spain; and Fingerprints of the Earth by Ruan Kezhuang, taken in Fujian Province, China. You can view all of the spectacular…