The English Garden February 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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Chelsea Magazine
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Rebecca Bernstein Rebecca is a garden photographer who has been shooting some of the country’s most beautiful gardens for more than ten years – including the garden at Bath’s American Museum on page 20. Caroline Mardon Based in London, and previously a film stills photographer, Caroline now specialises in interiors and gardens and enjoys nothing more than admiring flowers through a lens. Her images of Norney Wood are on page 44. Zia Allaway Zia is an author, editor and journalist, who writes for magazines and newspapers. Her books include the RHS Practical Houseplant Book and RHS What Plant Where. She visits Norney Wood’s garden on page 44. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; RUPERT MARDON; BRIAN NORTH…

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The gardens in this issue are a little bit different. They all bring together elements of old and new, and what better way to celebrate the New Year than by looking at gardens that seamlessly marry the best of the past with the exciting present? Take Lowther Castle in Cumbria, where Dan Pearson has masterminded a beautiful new garden around the remains of the castle’s walls and window arches, breathing new life into its intriguing ruins. In Sussex, Joe Perkins has turned the mostly blank canvas surrounding a 17th-century farmhouse into a colourful, flower-filled garden that’s contemporary yet enhances the period property. Likewise, Helen Elks-Smith has made a very modern home seem as if it was always meant to reside within the old walled garden in which it has been…

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brilliant bulbs

Evenley Wood Garden Stroll through this 60-acre Northamptonshire garden (above) in early spring to enjoy swathes of snowdrops and an 800m stream of blue scillas, followed by magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Blicking Hall The gardens of this 55-acre estate in Norfolk feature an orangery, a temple, a walled garden, and some secret spaces. Head there in February to enjoy a multitude of snowdrops succeeded by camellias, daffodils and magnolia. Tel: 01263 738030; Colby Woodland Garden Splashes of colour start to appear in early spring at this garden in Pembrokeshire. Snowdrops cluster around the stream, daffodils nod in the meadow and a magnolia tree stands majestic. Tel: 01834 811885; Coton Manor Overall winner of our Nation’s Favourite Gardens competition, this special garden in Northamptonshire (below left) has snowdrops, crocuses and hellebores in February, with primulas,…

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devonshire mill

Pocklington, Yorkshire Great drifts of double snowdrops, striking hellebores and lush green ferns surround this historic Grade II listed water mill, which is located one mile south of Pocklington in East Yorkshire. A mill stream, Pocklington Beck, flows through the two-acre gardens, which include orchards, woodland, herbaceous borders, a hen run, edible produce and greenhouses. Over the past 20 years, the owners have developed the garden on organic principles to encourage a range of wildlife. Devonshire Mill, Canal Lane, Pocklington, York, East Riding of Yorkshire YO42 1NN. Opens Sunday 16 February, 11am to 4.30pm. Refreshments include home-made teas. Admission: Adult: £4; Child: Free.…

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orchid extravaganza

Kew Orchid Festival: Indonesia 8 February-8 March, London The 25th annual orchid festival at Kew takes Indonesia as its theme. Visitors can admire life-sized, bloom-festooned models of native Indonesian animals, an erupting volcano of orchids and an archway of carnivorous pitcher plants. With over 4,000 species of orchid on display, the festival will showcase the country’s amazing biodiversity and Kew’s work to protect it. Standard entry fees apply, but tickets must be pre-booked. Tel: 020 8332 5655;…

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looking ahead: valentine’s dates

British Baroque: Power and Illusion 4 February-19 April, London Tate Britain presents the first exhibition to focus on British baroque culture, with a section on baroque gardens. Tickets: £16; children £5. Tel: 020 7887 8888; Valentine’s Dinner at Bodiam Castle 13-15 February, Kent Treat your valentine to a glass of fizz and a tour of the castle (right) followed by a three-course, candlelit dinner by the river. Tickets: £48. Tel: 0344 2491895; Storytelling Evening 14 February, Somerset Hear stories and songs of love from storyteller Beth Webb and singer Dora Darling in the atmospheric Bishop’s Palace. Tickets: £15. Tel: 01749 988111; Willowcraft Workshop 14 February, West Yorkshire Create woven willow hearts using the traditional craft of random weaving at the Palladian mansion of Nostell in Crofton. Beginners welcome. Tickets: £65. Tel: 01924 863892; Valentine’s ring making 14, 15 &…