The English Garden February 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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Chelsea Magazine
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Vanessa Berridge Vanessa was launch editor of The English Garden. She now writes about heritage and gardening and has a new book out on Kiftsgate Court Gardens this spring. She visits Eastleach House on page 52. Jenny Dalton Freelance journalist Jenny writes regularly about design for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It magazine. Gardens are a growing passion. She reveals garden designers’ secret sources and suppliers on page 63. Helen Yemm Writer and author Helen is a passionate hands-on gardener, best known for fielding readers’ questions on the Telegraph’s ‘Thorny Problems’ page. She admires the garden at Blue Doors on page 20. IMAGES CHRISTOPHER DRAKE; NEIL HEPWORTH; MARTIN POPE…

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This issue we’re ignoring any grim weather February throws at us and, instead, dreaming of beautiful gardens. Each of us has a ‘dream garden’ in our head; that perfect plot we’d create if the boring constraints of reality were lifted. In my dream garden, long-held aspirations to have my own mulberry would come true, there’d be room for a cut-flower patch and a pretty potager – its beds adorned with perfect rows of slug-free lettuces and peas that haven’t been pigeon-pecked. At the risk of provoking green-eyed envy, the gardens in this issue are so gorgeous that they must be the culmination of their owners’ dreams (although most gardeners are too modest, and gardens too transient, for any of them to make that claim). Sit back and admire gardens such as…

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budding romance

Stourhead This rambling 18th-century garden in Wiltshire (above) was described as ‘a living work of art’ when it opened. The focus is on water: a sinuous lake surrounded by trees and classical buildings. Tel: 01747 841152; Crook Hall Each of the 15 gardens at Crook Hall in Durham has its own style. Duck into the walled garden to see blowsy roses, enjoy sculpture in the Shakespeare garden and visit the silver and white garden, which honours a 25th wedding anniversary. Tel: 0191 3848028; Nymans Created by Ludwig Messel in the 19th-century, this Sussex garden is set around a romantic stone house and ruins. Its 13 acres feature sculpture, topiary and exotic plant varieties. Tel: 01444 405250; Iford Manor Gardens These Italianate gardens (below left), designed by Harold Peto in the 18th century, sit in…

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lacock abbey gardens

Wiltshire Lacock Abbey Gardens include an informal woodland garden that is carpeted with snowdrops and aconites in February. It’s filled with a collection of mature native and exotic trees, and the tranquil Bide Brook runs through it. In the walled garden, known as The Botanic Garden, there are greenhouses filled with vines and colourful displays of flowers for year-round interest. And from spring until autumn, the mixed borders here are a true delight. The Abbey itself is a mixture of architectural styles, built on the foundations of a former nunnery. Open for the NGS on 23 February, 10.30am to 5.30pm. Lacock Abbey Gardens, High Street, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG. Refreshments available. Adult £6; Child £3. IMAGES ANNA STOWE; IFORD MANOR…

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places to go

Early COLOUR Daws Hall Snowdrop Celebration 10 February and 17 February, Suffolk Celebrate the first signs of spring by wrapping up and taking a walk through a sea of pretty snowdrops, primroses, aconites and other early bulbs at Daws Hall. This gorgeous Nature Reserve in Suffolk’s Stour Valley also features the stunning eight-acre Sanctuary Gardens, which are home to some 20 species of wildfowl, including the common eider and the endangered red-breasted goose, as well as a large collection of unusual ornamental trees and shrubs. Adult £6; child £3. Tel: 01787 269766; Strange BEAUTY Kew’s Orchids Festival: Columbia 9 February-10 March, London Kew’s Orchids Festival this year draws inspiration from Columbia, home to more orchid species than anywhere else in the world. Colombia is also famed for its wildlife diversity, so the central display will feature…

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looking ahead: snowdrop fever

Snowdrop Sale 26 January, London The annual snowdrop sale at Myddelton House Gardens offers a chance to buy rare bulbs from specialist nurseries. Free entry. Tel: 03000 030610; Rode Hall Snowdrop Walk 2 February-3 March, Cheshire Follow a carpet of white (right) formed by 70 varieties of snowdrop on a lakeside path, down to the Colonel’s Walk where the rarest varieties cluster. £5 adult; Tel: 01270 873237; Snowdrop Tea 2 February-3 March, Gloucestershire Colesbourne Park’s snowdrop collection is open to visitors every weekend in February, with tea and cake available. Adult £8. Tel: 01242 870567; Snowdrop Lecture 5 February, West Midlands Alan Street’s ‘Snowdrops at Avon Bulbs’ explains the work that goes into growing Avon’s rare snowdrops and precedes a visit to John Massey’s lovely canalside garden. Tickets £22.50. Tel: 01384 401996; Hever Snowdrop Walk From 9 February, Kent Walk…