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The English Garden

November 2019

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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Nic Wilson Based in Hertfordshire, Nic is a garden and nature writer with a passion for the nearby wild, who blogs at dogwooddays.net. She visits a charming cottage garden in Letchworth Garden City on page 51. Ruth Chivers Ruth is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. She has a passion for garden visiting and a keen interest in 20th century garden history. Read her comparison of Russell Page and Lanning Roper on p59. Jim Cable Jim is a Kew-trained plantsman and gardening journalist, and his Staffordshire garden is a rich fusion of Mediterranean- and cottage-style planting. His new series on botanical plant families begins on page 101. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; VIVIENNE DAVIES…

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Say ‘November’ and thoughts of vibrant flowers aren’t normally the first that come to mind. But there are flowers that are very happy to show up late to the party, and they’ll stay even longer if the first hard frosts don’t strike too soon. Dahlias are a case in point – get your brilliant hit of these at Forde Abbey in Somerset, and at Great Comp in Kent, where they’re combined with another colourful latecomer: salvias. And it’s not just flowers that keep gardens looking interesting at this time of year: berries and fruit step into the limelight now as well, and you could do worse than plant a crab apple if you wanted to give your garden a boost in this department (see page 85). Then there’s autumn leaf…

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foliar fireworks

Bedgebury Pinetum A Grade II listed landscape, this 320-acre pinetum in Kent (above) features over 1,800 tree species. Seventy per cent of these are conifers – in fact it’s home to the most complete collection of conifers in the world. Tel: 01580 879842; lovebedgebury.org.uk Arley Arboretum On the banks of the River Severn, near Bewdley, Arley Arboretum boasts more than 300 tree species. There are several rare trees to spot, and its generous collection of acers flame and crackle throughout autumn. Tel: 01299 861368; arleyarboretum.co.uk Westonbirt Arboretum Westonbirt in Tetbury (below) has 2,500 tree species, five national collections, plus rare varieties from all over the world. Enjoy the view from a tree-top walkway, or take a guided tour. Tel: 0300 0674890; forestryengland.uk The Lovell Quinta Arboretum This Cheshire arboretum was created in the 1950s by then-owner, Sir…

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Shillingstone, Dorset November is the perfect time to visit this Dorset garden, when you’ll see a spectacular range of autumn hues. Lawsbrook contains over 130 different tree species, spread over six acres, and visitors to these wonderfully diverse grounds can enjoy an array of both native tree species as well as many unusual specimens, including dawn redwood, damyio oak and wollemi pine. The garden, which has been opening for the NGS for 11 years, offers a full day out, with variation and extended space for everyone to enjoy its autumn colour. Snowdrop days take place in February. Lawsbrook, Brodham Way, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0TE. Opens for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 November, 10am-5pm. Adult: £3.50 Children: Free. Home-made teas are available.…

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looking ahead: seasonal cooking classes

Forage, cook and feast day with the Fat Hen 8 & 15 November, Cornwall Learn how to forage safely and then turn your gatherings into a three-course lunch. Tickets: £125. Tel: 07767 792417; fathen.org Happy Gut nutrition at River Cottage 10 November, Devon Enjoy a day of superfood tuition with a focus on the nutritional benefits of fermentation (right). Tickets: £195. Tel: 01297 630300; rivercottage.net ‘The Perfect Christmas Table’ with Daylesford 13 November, 6 & 20 December, Gloucestershire Learn festive recipes, including canapés, starters and pudding, while partaking of a glass of prosecco. Tickets: £195. Tel: 01608 731620; daylesford.com Artisan winter preserves at WI Cookery School 27-29 November, Oxfordshire Make wintry preserves such as spiced vegetable chutney, pumpkin and orange marmalade and duck confit. Tickets: £440. Tel: 01865 391991; denman.org.uk Seasonal dinner party at The Kitchen 29 November, Hampshire Discover how to prepare seasonal…