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The English Garden

April 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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contributors

Jane PerroneJane is a garden writer and podcaster with a particular passion for houseplants and weird vegetables. She lives in Bedfordshire with her family and Wolfie the lurcher, and pays a visit to The Manor House on page 28. Heather EdwardsHeather has been a freelance garden photographer for 14 years. Originally trained in horticulture, she has a passion for plants and garden design. She photographed Forde Abbey on page 60. Cinead McTernanCinead is a garden writer, author and television horticultural researcher. Her third book, Grow Your Own Botanicals, published by Kyle, is out in May. She meets Somerset willow weaver Jay Davey on page 107. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; KEVIN REDDICK; CAT LANE; HEATHER EDWARDS ■…

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welcome

April is otherwise known as Tulip Month, when spring gardens are at their brightest and most cheerful. As James Alexander-Sinclair writes in his piece on the tulip-packed garden he designed in Leicestershire, East Langton Grange: “We have had our fill of dreary days and freezing nights. What we all need right now are plants with jewelled colours and joyful demeanours and nothing fulfils that brief as well as tulips.” The gardens in this issue certainly prove his point.At East Langton, owner Sally Bowie has added hundreds of tulips to James’s design, teaming them with another seasonal star, zingy euphorbias (see Plant Focus on page 85). Over at St Timothee near Maidenhead, the tulip displays are joined by beautiful blossom, and at Somerset’s Forde Abbey there’s an innovative technicolour spiral…

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big bloomers

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens Drifts of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and bluebells grace these West Sussex gardens (above). The 240-acre estate was first planted in 1801 and now features seven ponds and an array of interesting wildlife. Tel: 01403 220345; leonardsleegardens.co.uk The Isabella Plantation This 40-acre woodland, set within Richmond Park, in London is well known for the rhododendrons that line its streams and ponds. A Site of Specific Interest, the Victorian plantation is run on organic principles. royalparks.org.uk Bowood Woodland Gardens This colourful garden (below) is set on an extensive Wiltshire estate, and from April to June is ablaze with colour. Enjoy hundreds of rhododendrons, spreading above a carpet of electric bluebells. Tel: 01249 812102; bowood.org (IMAGES ANNA STOWE; NGS) Lydney Park Spring Gardens Many…

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the old rectory

Farnborough, Berkshire The Old Rectory boasts a series of immaculately tended garden rooms, including herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a secret garden, roses, vegetables and even a bog garden.Visitors to these wonderfully diverse grounds can enjoy an astonishing array of rare and interesting plants, beautifully combined for colour and texture. With stunning views out across the surrounding countryside, the garden is the perfect setting for the 1749 rectory (not open to the public), which was once the home of poet John Betjeman. The Old Rectory, Farnborough, Nr Wantage, Berkshire OX12 8NX. Open for the NGS on 14 April and 19 May, 2-5pm, and on 26 June, 11am to 4pm. Home-made teas available. Adult £5; children: free. ■…

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places to go

Fields of GOLD Taylor’s Bulbs Daffodil Day 10 April, Lincolnshire As part of their centenary celebrations, Taylor’s Bulbs will hold a Daffodil Day at their site in Holbeach, in conjunction with the RHS. The day will include expert talks about daffodils and other spring bulbs, a chance to see the fields on which over 400 varieties of daffodil grow, plus a visit to Taylor’s trial ground to see the machinery involved in daffodil production. Tickets: £5, including lunch. Tel: 01406 422266; taylors-bulbs.com Blue is the COLOUR Bluebell Spectacular 15 April-10 May, Kent Award-winning Hole Park Gardens will be hosting its annual ‘Bluebell Spectacular’ event as usual this year. Visitors are invited to take the circular walk through the ten-acre bluebell wood, which…

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looking ahead: april plant sales

Bramall Hall 7 April, Greater Manchester This fair takes place in the former walled garden of historic Bramall Hall, which is surrounded by Capability Brown-style parkland. Tickets: £2. Tel: 01270 811443; planthuntersfairs.co.uk Evenley Wood Gardens 7 April, Northamptonshire Set amid woodland, this private 60-acre garden grows camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons in its acidic soil. Tickets: £5 with garden entry. Tel: 0845 4681368; rareplantfair.co.uk The Old Rectory, Quenington 14 April, Gloucestershire A Grade II listed organic garden on the banks of the River Coln includes pool gardens, herbaceous borders, mature trees, and a vegetable garden. Tickets: £5. Tel: 0845 4681368; rareplantfair.co.uk Whittington Castle 19 April, Shropshire These 12-acre grounds have a bridged moat that is home to aquatic wildlife. Tickets: £1 per…

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