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Gardens Illustrated Magazine April 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

Set within more than 50 acres of parkland, the walled garden at Belcombe Court is a little over one acre. On a steeply sloping site, in spring it is planted with rows of tulips. Selected primarily for cutting, the list of cultivars grown at Belcombe reads like a roll call of the most prized and sought-after tulips – from the square-petalled to the scented to the exquisitely f lashed. Anna Pavord visits to find new favourites. On page 56 Matt Collins, head gardener at the Garden Museum, visits a very modern meadow in a compact garden in Kent. Flower rich, the garden’s design is informed by a love of nature, wildlife and conservation, and has been inspired by visits to British nature reserves to see wildflowers and wildlife alike. Perennials, annuals…

1 min

Isabel Bannerman Isabel visits Mothecombe House in Devon, page 62. “A long-term seaside fantasy for me, Mothecombe is a Queen Anne stately set within walled pleasure gardens.” Matthew Biggs Matthew explores a very special nursery, page 78. “Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery is an inspirational treasure trove, filled with ‘woody’ plants it is the finest of its kind in Britain.” Claire Takacs Claire photographs the beautiful gardens of Australian nursery Lambley, page 84. “I love this garden, which is dedicated to beauty and the seeking of best-quality plants for a dry climate.”…

1 min
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…

2 min
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…

2 min
contemporary irish gardens

TOUR HOSTS Jimi Blake is a renowned gardener and plantsperson, whose own garden expresses a dynamic approach to planting. This years he’s also our plant expert selecting his Plantperson’s Favourites each month. He will be accompanied on the tour by host Sophie Piebenga, whose knowledge and love of gardens stems from her training with Kew and the National Trust. Jimi Blake is the owner and enthusiastic gardener at Hunting Brook Gardens in Co Wicklow. The garden is renowned for its modern and inventive plantings, and Jimi’s plant choices always excite and delight. This is where you’ll start your tour and Jimi will talk you through his approach and seasonal highlights. The tour continues with Jimi taking you on to his sister June Blake’s small but painterly garden in Tinode, and then…

1 min
dig in

The circle of life Nothing helps to lift the spirits at the start of spring quite like the burst of blossom. As we start to look forward to spending more time outdoors, the National Trust has announced an exciting new project set to start this spring. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of hanami – where people come together each spring to view the cherry blossom and picnic beneath the trees – the National Blossom Circle project will plant circles of trees in city areas, with the aim of creating stunning natural spaces in urban areas across the UK. The hope is the circles will help connect more people through the beauty and wonder of nature for many years to come. The first blossom circle (pictured right) will open this spring at…