BBC Gardeners' World November 2020

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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Learn... from the experts with a Gardeners’ World online Masterclass. For details of upcoming winter webinars, including Propagation, go to Plan… Look out for our December issue Value Packs with 2021 Year Planner plus free Calendar. On sale in WH Smith and Sainsbury’s from 19 Nov, just £8.99. Win… ... a luxury overnight stay, plus dinner and Champagne, at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, worth £2500! For details see page 23. Save… Our award-winning app lets you read GW on the go. Save 50% at Find us in the Readly app on Apple or Google, or with a monthly subscription to Apple News+ Save even more... Subscribe in print today and receive a bonus gardening bundle, worth £39.97. See page 24 PHOTOS: SARAH CUTTLE; PAUL WILKINSON. EDITOR’S PORTRAIT BY SARAH CUTTLE,TAKEN AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL…

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While 2020 has been memorable for all the wrong reasons, it has also been a time of positive firsts for many of us. Forced by circumstances to break out of our routines, as a nation we’ve tuned in to nature, smelt the roses and got growing. Our gardens, however small, have given us opportunities as never before – and you’ve risen to the challenge! In launching our 2020 Gardens of the Year competition at the height of lockdown, we had no idea what we’d discover. And then… your entries flooded in. We’ve had the highest-ever number of entries, and each of the 1,000 plus submissions have been rich with stories of imagination, transformation and passion. We’ve read and enjoyed every entry, spent hundreds of hours ‘meeting’ you through your photos, and have…

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we love november

STAR OF THE MONTH Calamagrostis brachytricha There was a time in the not-so-distant past when we would never have seen a sight like this. In those days, gardens were cut to the ground and tidied up in early autumn, leaving us with nothing much to look at apart from evergreens and some neatly hoed soil. A great pity, as it deprived us of such late-autumn pomp as this Korean feather reed grass, and it also robbed assorted insects, birds and small mammals of food and shelter. So, ladies and gents, follow the golden rule: if it looks dreadful, cut it down. If it still has sparkle, then holster those secateurs. Ideal in full sun where the light can catch its best side. Propagate by sowing seeds or dividing plants in spring. Cut back…

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expert’s choice pittosporum

If you’re strolling down the street and you notice an interesting foliage shrub you don’t recognise in somebody’s front garden, the chances are it’s a pittosporum – they’ve sort of crept up on us. Once thought too tender for many gardens and grown mainly in cities and suburbs where the climate is a little milder, our winters have become less murderous and hardier varieties have been introduced, so they’ve steadily become more widely available and more popular. And deservedly so. These are easy-to-grow evergreen shrubs for sunny sites. The well-branched Pittosporum tenuifolium is the most widely grown species and it’s the foliage that is the foremost feature. Its slender, black twigs carry small, wavy leaves, which can be purplish, bronzed, creamy, silvered or variegated, and among them small, dark, honey-scented flowers…

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the full monty

“If we really want to nurture this lovely world, we all have to work together to protect it” Talk to any environmental botanist trying to identify the plants most at risk from extinction and they will tell you that the biggest problem is not identifying the plants they know about – but the unknown, unnumbered species being burnt, bulldozed, built over and obliterated by man in the name of agriculture and commerce. It is the unknown unknowns that are the greatest worry. Our planet’s biodiversity is being reduced and diminished daily and yet the vast majority of us don’t know it is happening. To put the losses into context, botanists ‘discover’ about 2,000 new species every year. The implication of that is there are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of species yet…

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have your say

Greenfingers on the silver screen I was pleased to read Monty Don’s view on our nation of budding filmmakers (The Full Monty, October issue). It has been a joy to watch viewers’ films of their gardens; their pride and joy, limitations and ingenuity, particularly those who overcame challenging physical disabilities to produce incredible gardens. I’m thrilled Monty is going to continue to show these films, for me as well as thousands of others they are a real highlight of the programme. Thank you. Gill Pink, by email Pots that don’t cost the Earth I was interested to read in GW that biodegradable pots are three times the cost of plastic pots (Clippings, October issue). I feel that cost should be borne by all of us, not just by nurseries looking to sell plastic-free plants…