The English Garden October 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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 期號


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Naomi Slade Naomi is a journalist and author specialising in gardening and the environment. Her newest book, Hydrangeas (Pavilion) is available now at She visits Castle End House on page 38. Francois Gordon A retired diplomat and lifelong student of gardening history, Francois lives and gardens in Kent. His book about plant hunter Will Purdom will be out in February. He writes about Reginald Farrer on page 95. Barbara Segall Barbara writes articles, books (most recently Secret Gardens of East Anglia) and blogs about gardens and herbs. She’s also Assistant County Organiser for the NGS in Suffolk. She visits Ulting Wick on p20.…

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Am I unusual in finding myself longing for autumn? In summer’s heat when unrelenting sun turns gardening into sticky toil, surrounded by browning lawn and dusty, drought-stricken plants, I look forward to autumn’s arrival almost as much as I do spring’s after a long, dark winter. Everything in the garden seems to breathe a sigh of relief: the demands of the summer performance are over; there’s a chance to reset the clock and start again. Especially because it’s the best time of year to take stock of your garden and its plants: dividing, moving and planting new ones – from tiny bulbs to huge trees. It’s also a season when many gardens – if they’re well planned and planted – get a second wind, when all those later flowering perennials come…

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people to meet

George Plumptre The author and chief executive of the National Garden Scheme explains why being able to access outdoor spaces is more important than ever The huge importance of gardens to everybody has really come to light this year. Gardens are a place of refuge, and this is something the National Garden Scheme supports and promotes. In 2017, we launched our Gardens and Health programme to raise awareness of the positive effects of gardens and gardening on our health. It links health service users with free garden visits and funds garden and health projects, such as Horatio’s Garden, which creates gardens in NHS spinal care units. We will focus more on this side of the charity over the coming months. I love my role as chief executive because it lets me put my gardening…

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out & about

The Story of Gardening Permanent exhibition at The Newt, Somerset This immersive exhibition explores the history of gardening and its impact on people and culture. Visitors must weave along a treetop walkway suspended above the forest floor to approach the experience, and families are encouraged to get hands-on with soil, scents, botany and design through a series of interactive exhibits. Virtual reality, light projection, scent displays and audio narration guides visitors through interlinking rooms that explore international garden design. Walls That Unite 15 October, Château de Chambord, France The UK and France have come together to organise the first ever European symposium on the conservation of historic walled kitchen gardens. At this one-day gathering, around 200 experts from across Europe will meet to share their knowledge and skills for the future preservation of these…

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things to do

Plant lilies in CONTAINERS Autumn is a super time to plant lily bulbs – they root and establish best in cooler soil temperatures to give the best possible flowering display Early autumn is the perfect time to plant lily bulbs. Most lilies fare well in containers, although bigger ones need the right support to flourish. Plant up pots now so you can enjoy a beautiful display of these striking blooms next summer. Method 1 Choose an assortment of containers with drainage holes. Large, single bulbs should be planted in 20cm-wide pots, while smaller bulbs can be planted four per 25cm-wide pot. Add crocks or gravel to provide good drainage. 2 Different varieties need to be planted at different depths. Asiatic hybrids root from the base only and should be planted at a depth equal to…

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• Move tender plants indoors to protect them from the colder temperatures of autumn and winter. Cover the crowns of half-hardy plants with mulch if they’re to stay outdoors over winter. • Plant spring bulbs in your lawn for bright drifts early next year. • Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and trees once their leaves have fallen. • Collect seeds from your favourite plants to sow next year. Alternatively, you could sow the seeds of hardy annuals now. • Prune your climbing roses and tie in new growth to avoid damage over winter. • Now’s the time to pick apples and pears. It’s also the month to harvest nuts, grapes and pumpkins. IMAGES GAP/JONATHAN BUCKLEY; SHUTTERSTOCK…