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The English Garden

November 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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1 min.
contributors

Cinead McTernan Cinead is a garden writer, author and television horticultural researcher. Her third book, Grow Your Own Botanicals, was released last year. She admires the autumnal garden at High Beeches on page 40. Daniel Pembrey Daniel is a novelist and features writer with a first class degree in history and architectural history from Edinburgh University. On page 81, he escapes into the magical world of treehouses. Gillian Barlow Gillian attended London’s Slade School of Art before pursuing her love of botanical painting, for which she has won the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal. Her illustrations feature on page 101. gillianbarlow.com…

1 min.
welcome

The tiny Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ I planted in the garden last autumn has yet to reach much more than five foot, so it is not a patch on the magnificent acers you’ll find in the collections of woody plants at High Beeches or East Bergholt, just two of the superb autumn gardens featured in this issue. Yet despite my acer’s diminutive size, its feathery leaves are now the colour of amber, glowing in the still-warm sun and drawing all the attention. As autumn progresses, deciduous trees like acers really come into their own, their colourful display of falling leaves a last hurrah before winter. That so many trees have such wonderful colour at this time of year is just one of the many reasons we should plant them. As High Beeches’…

2 min.
people to meet

Arthur Cole The former head gardener of the famous snowdrop garden at Colesbourne discusses his expanded role at The Newt in Somerset I’ve always been passionate about curing plant blindness, and my role at The Newt is to bring people and plants together. The way to do that is by appealing to individual interests and outlining the importance of horticulture in our everyday lives. I learnt this at Colesbourne initially – you can capture a visitor’s imagination by educating them about, say, the wider uses of a snowdrop, such as its use in cancer medications. At Colesbourne I was able to specialise in a singular genus. I dedicated four years to becoming a galanthophile, which was great fun. I suggest a trip to Colesbourne for any budding enthusiasts, and I also advise not…

1 min.
arthur’s favourite gardens

Colesbourne Gardens Gloucestershire I admire the understated majesty of this Cotswold gem. It has 11 Champion Trees, one of the world’s great snowdrop collections and summons such joy in winter. Tel: 01242 870567; colesbourne gardens.org.uk Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Scotland This botanic garden has an extraordinary collection of plants and a beautiful palm house. The on-site herbarium is easy to access and contains many wonderful specimens, including writing by Darwin. Tel: 0131 248 2909; rbge.org.uk…

2 min.
out & about

English gardens win listed status Twenty gardens have this year been added to the National Heritage List for England, which will grant them protection so they can be enjoyed by future generations. The newly listed gardens include Denmans in West Sussex, the former home of garden designer John Brookes; the Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex, created by the expert plantswoman in line with her pioneering ‘right plant, right place’ ethos; and York Gate Garden in Leeds, where the Spencer family created an intricate Arts & Crafts garden with themed rooms over just one acre. historicengland.org.uk Outdoor Art at Hestercombe Ongoing until 27 June 2021, Somerset ‘Open-Up’ is a new series of outdoor artworks created for display at Hestercombe Gardens & Gallery. The series features the work of eight artists, all of whom have an…

1 min.
things to do

Start a GARLIC CROP Autumn is the time to plant garlic cloves for an early summer harvest next year, when the grower’s patience will be rewarded with flavour November is the best month to get garlic in the ground, since it needs cold temperatures to develop a fully formed bulb. Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be harvesting bulbs packed with cloves that you can be using in the kitchen by early summer next year. You will need: Garlic bulbs Soil improver General-purpose fertiliser Trowel Method 1 Buy garlic bulbs from a mail-order supplier or your local garden centre, which will be certified virus-free. Bulbs from the supermarket are not, and since they often hail from warmer climates, aren’t suitable for growing here. When ordering, seek varieties labelled as suitable for autumn planting, such as…