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The English Garden

The English Garden

August 2020

Enjoy over 60 beautiful gardens a year with The English Garden. Every issue features country, city, cottage and coastal gardens, with advice on how to recreate them. Be inspired by articles written by the country's top garden designers and discover the best plant varieties for your garden, chosen by expert nurserymen and plantspeople.

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Chelsea Magazine
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
contributors

James Alexander-Sinclair James is a garden designer, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, judge and a member of the RHS Council. He explores Middleton Lodge and its Tom Stuart-Smith-designed garden on page 20. Veronica Peerless Freelance writer Veronica loves writing about garden design and gardeners and is the author of The Gardener’s Year and How Not To Kill Your Houseplant. She visits a rural Oxfordshire garden on page 48. Ray Cox Ray has been a garden photographer for 20 years and his family has run the renowned Glendoick nursery in Perthshire for three generations. His photos of Shieldhill Walled Garden feature on page 56.…

1 min.
welcome

As the country’s lockdown eases and we can enjoy gatherings of friends and family outdoors, our gardens are even more important than ever – they really are our ‘rooms outside’ now. It’s lucky, in a way, that this period of al fresco socialising comes at a time when our gardens have probably never looked better, thanks to the extra love and attention they’ve received during these long months at home. This is certainly the first time in all my years of gardening that I’ve run out of weeds to weed – bring on the guests, my garden’s ready! If you feel in need of some inspiration before you open the garden gate, this issue will help with that, I’m sure. Surround your terrace with blowsy hydrangeas as designer Sean Walter has…

2 min.
people to meet

Anne Rowberry Chair of the British Beekeepers Association and a Master Beekeeper with over 20 hives, Anne Rowberry discusses this important pastime Bee colonies are fascinating. A queen bee can lay an infertile egg that develops into a male drone, or a fertile egg that develops into a female worker. The workers produce cells out of the wax they make and can work themselves to death within six weeks. Bees select which plants to pollinate and tend to remain loyal to those. They’ll let other bees know the location of their chosen plant through the medium of a waggle dance. Soon after, many more bees will be swarming around that flower. I think we know only a fraction of the ways bees communicate, though. I spend hours watching my bees and it sparks off…

1 min.
gardens to visit

WELCOME return As lockdown eases, gardens across the UK are starting to reopen with safety precautions in place. Pre-book your visit before you travel Exbury Gardens Hampshire This 200-acre woodland garden is open once again to visitors. Highlights include the Centenary Garden (above), gearing up for its summer show, a new Birch Walk and a revamped Iris Garden. Tel: 02380 891203; exbury.co.uk Hindringham Hall Norfolk This moated garden is open on Wednesdays and Sundays. See medieval fish ponds and a walled vegetable garden. Enjoy formal and informal borders, birdsong and the scent of roses. Tel: 01328 878226; hindringhamhall.org Newby Hall North Yorkshire These award-winning gardens include the iconic 172m double herbaceous borders (below), a Rose Garden bursting with old fashioned roses, and the Tropical Garden in all its verdant splendour. Tel: 01423 322583; newbyhall.com Painshill Surrey This 158-acre landscaped garden has reopened for…

1 min.
reopening now

Nationwide Several gardens that were previously open under the National Gardens Scheme are once again opening their gates to visitors on specified dates, although advance online booking is essential. Each week, the charity will be adding new gardens to its growing list of reopenings across England. Gardens to visit in August include Holworth Farmhouse in Dorset, chosen by the Monks of Milton Abbey for its peaceful situation, Castor House (below) in Cambridgeshire, which features Italianate ponds, exotic borders and a potager, and Lewis Cottage in Devon, with its informal planting and natural structures. Keep checking the website for details of further garden openings and to make bookings. Visit ngs.org.uk or call 01483 211535 for more information.…

1 min.
things to do

CARE FOR raspberries Once their juicy berries have been harvested, summer-fruiting raspberry canes should be pruned to ensure a bumper crop for the next summer Nothing beats a fresh, plump, raspberry, and caring for this fruit is straightforward if you know which sort you have. Raspberries can be summer or autumn fruiting, and each type has slightly different pruning requirements. Summer-fruiting raspberries include popular varieties such as ‘Glen Ample’, ‘Tulameen’ and ‘Malling Jewel’, and produce their fruit on year-old canes. By August, most will have finished cropping, at which point canes that have fruited should be cut back to ground level. The rest of them should be left untouched, since these will bear fruit next summer. It’s easy to distinguish the canes that have fruited from those that haven’t – the former will usually…