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Gardens Illustrated Magazine June 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

This past year has seen change in so many ways. It seems then all the more exciting to be able to mark the 300th issue of Gardens Illustrated and look back on this magazine’s heritage and groundbreaking approach to highlighting the incredible people, plants and places of the horticultural world. Of course, even if the magazine has remained a constant since its first publication in 1993, its content has developed as a reflection of the way in which our world has altered, along with the changes in how we use our gardens and the ways in which we plant them. Through every issue, our aim is to produce a magazine that is beautiful and useful; one that reflects, challenges and enhances our relationship with the natural world – something that…

1 min

Rae Spencer-Jones RHS Books Publisher Rae visits a small city garden, page 46. “I was incredibly impressed by how designer Emily Erlam could conjure horticultural magic out of the simplest garden structure.” Rachel Warne Rachel photographs artist Sophie Coryndon, page 82. “Walking into Sophie’s studio makes you realise what patience and intricate attention to detail really mean. Her process is fascinating.” Kendra Wilson Kendra writes our monthly travel column that highlights places of interest for gardeners, page 130. “Writing a travel page that is equally focussed on the UK has been just as fun as investigating abroad.”…

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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…

2 min
west country kitchen gardens

TOUR HOST Sarah Wain Sarah, along with her husband Jim Buckland, is the inspirational force behind the restoration of the Kitchen Garden at West Dean, Sussex, where they perfected the growing of both fruit and vegetable crops. With the call to grow your own becoming ever louder, our tour offers help, inspiration and expertise on how to grow the finest kitchen garden produce throughout the year. We visit a contrasting selection of the very best examples of kitchen gardens in the South West: we are taken from the plot to the plate at both The Pig at Combe and at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s organic smallholding at River Cottage; at South Wood Farm we see Arne Maynard’s design for a productive potager and we glimpse true estate gardening at Edmondsham House, while also…

1 min
dig in

Just the tonic Overlooking the River Thames on Chelsea Embankment, the four-acre Chelsea Physic Garden is a true oasis of calm in the heart of the busy capital. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries to grow medicinal plants, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the UK and its Victorian-style glasshouses are home to some of the world’s rarest plants and flowers, including a Nesocodon mauritianus, an endangered Campanula relative from Mauritius that is now one of just 300 individual plants. Last month the Garden was awarded a £680,700 National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant to restore these historic teak and iron houses that have stood since 1902. Once restored, not only will the glasshouses provide the best growing environment for the plants, but the restoration project…

5 min

Three hundred not out We shouldn’t sound surprised that we’ve got to 300, but we’re delighted, nonetheless. To celebrate we’re offering all readers the chance to download a free digital copy of our first issue to read on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Head to gardensillustrated.com/300 where you’ll find details of how to download the issue and sign up for advance notices of videos and special features to celebrate our past issues. Much has changed since our launch in 1993, but we still strive, as our first editor Rosie Atkins put it in issue 1, to bring you a ‘magazine you’ll find stimulating and thought provoking’. gardensillustrated.com Nature of Thyme Melissa Richardson and Amy Fielding, the creative duo behind JamJar Edit, are bringing their floral flair to the Cotswold haven and country house…