The English Garden December 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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 期號


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Helen Billiald Helen is a freelance garden journalist who has a background in plant science and ecology. She’s passionate about the stories behind the creation of a beautiful plot, visiting Newton House on page 26. Gordon Hayward Gordon is a garden writer, designer and lecturer based in Vermont. His garden, created with his wife Mary, who is from Chipping Campden, is registered with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Carole Drake Carole is a garden photographer and writer interested in foliage, conifers and green gardens. Her tiny Somerset courtyard is full of bamboo, succulents – and ivy, which she writes about on page 73. IMAGES JOSEPH VALENTINE; NEIL HEPWORTH…

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The garden may be a quieter place as winter gets under way, with fewer tasks on the to-do list, but that diminishes neither its value nor how pleasurable it is to be outside at this time of year. That’s especially true on those cold, perfectly crisp days of winter, like those we were lucky enough to capture in the gardens featured in this issue: Rodmarton Manor with its chunky, frost-dusted Arts and Crafts topiary, or the invigorating new winter garden at Wakehurst, for example. In fact being outside in the garden can sometimes be such a tonic that the weather doesn’t matter a bit. I spent a very soggy session planting my spring bulbs recently, but relished the time outdoors so much – after months stuck indoors renovating and decorating –…

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winter wonderlands

Cambridge University Botanic Garden Cambridge Botanic’s winter garden (above) is a sensory haven with a diverse range of striking plants. Seasonal highlights include the headily fragrant Daphne bholua and the intense red stems of Cornus alba. Tel: 01223 336265; Dunham Massey Spread over seven acres in Greater Manchester, this winter garden (right) is the largest of its kind in the UK. You’ll find over 1,600 winter shrubs alongside beeches, oaks and birches. Tel: 0161 9411025; RHS Harlow Carr Enjoy winter shapes, colours and textures on this winter walk in Harrogate. Clipped yew, evergreens and conifers form the main backbone of the display, which is lit up by salix and cornus. Tel: 01423 565418; Bressingham Six distinct gardens occupy these 17-acre grounds in Norfolk. The winter garden is not to be missed – it’s a…

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glenwhan gardens

Stranraer, Scotland Described as one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland, Glenwhan Gardens is perched 300 feet above sea level, overlooking Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway, with clear views to the Isle of Man. Forty years ago there was wild moorland here, but now there are visionary collections of glorious plants from around the world. Paths wind through all-season planting, sculpture and well-placed seats, all set around small lakes, which add to the tranquil, sheltered atmosphere. Open daily 10am-5pm. Adults £6; concessions, groups and students £4.50; season ticket £18; family ticket £13 (up to three children). Tea rooms on site. Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 8PH. Tel: 07787 990702;…

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winter glow

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum 29 November-22 December, Fridays to Sundays, Gloucestershire The Enchanted Christmas trail returns to Westonbirt this winter, with a new pathway through illuminated trees to an enchanted wonderland. Visitors can meet woodland characters and enjoy light displays along the way, before warming up at the Christmas village with festive market stalls, arts and crafts activities and mugs of hot chocolate or mulled wine. Adult: £15; children 5+: £7.50. Tel: 03000 674890;…

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looking ahead: festive activities

Christmas Gift Fair at Hyde Hall 29 Nov -1 Dec & 6-8 Dec, Essex Handmade gifts and a chance for kids to make their own and meet Santa. Normal admission + extra for children’s activities. Tel: 01245 402019; Christmas at Chatsworth 9 Nov-5 Jan, Derbyshire ‘In a land far, far away’ (right) is the theme this Christmas. Visitors will travel the globe, from a Nordic winter to a blossom-filled Japan. Adult: £25; children £15. Tel: 01246 565300; Christmas Past and Present at Fenton House 30 Nov-15 Dec, London Festive magic, including early choral music, workshops, and mulled wine. Adult: £9; children: £4.50. Tel: 020 743 53471; Christmas Floral Art at Polesden Lacey 5 & 12 Dec, Surrey This workshop teaches how to create a festive floral display. Tickets: £35. Tel: 01372 452048; Christmas Trail at Claremont 7-23 Dec, Surrey Take…