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Design Solutions: Topiary

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

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Topiary c. Jason Ingram

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

1 The extraordinary gardens at Château de Marqueyssac take the art of topiary to new heights. Situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne valley, the garden contains more than 150,000 hand-pruned Buxus sempervirens shrubs, spread over 11 acres of terrace gardens.

10% off on Penelope Hobhouse’s 100 recommended plants

In the February 2015 issue (218) respected garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse shared her recommendations on 100 plants she thinks every gardener should grow. If you’ve been inspired to try a new plant or return to some old favourites, here’s an exclusive reader offer on some of the plants she lists.

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10% off on Penelope Hobhouse’s 100 recommended plants

In the February 2015 issue (218) respected garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse shared her recommendations on 100 plants she thinks every gardener should grow. If you’ve been inspired to try a new plant or return to some old favourites, here’s an exclusive reader offer on some of the plants she lists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Raven diary and calendar for FREE - just pay p&p

Did you miss out on a calendar or diary this Christmas? Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat 2015 diary and slim calendar for FREE - just pay £4.95 p&p.

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Sarah Raven reader offer diary/calendar

Did you miss out on a calendar or diary this Christmas? Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat 2015 diary and slim calendar for FREE - just pay £4.95 p&p.

2015 is well under way now, so make sure you've noted all your important dates for the year ahead and keep up with essential jobs in the garden. To help with this Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat diary AND a slim wall calendar for free. Pay just £4.95 for p&p.

 

 

 

Gardening Talent January issue - correction

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

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Tom Longridge

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error. This is the 'real' Tom Longridge. The image published in the printed January issue show Sean Harkin, who is Manchester's Gardener in Residence. Sean will appear in a Gardening Talent feature later in the year.

 

Here's Tom's interview again, telling us more about his what brought him to a career in horticulture and what inspires him.

Design Course Offer with The English Gardening School

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

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English Gardening School Distance Learning courses

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

 

 

 

 

 

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of gardens illustrated a 50 per cent discount on one of its distance learning courses, normally priced at £495 (plus p&p).

Why is Rousham England’s most influential garden?

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

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Rousham c. Andrew Lawson

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

“Rousham is an intensely psychological landscape and one that provokes as many different emotional responses as there are individual visitors, and this is an important part of its extraordinary appeal; that within the confines of this relatively small plot there is scope for such myriad interpretations.”

Best birch for your garden

The textural bark of birch trees has a haunting beauty and comes in many more colours and textures than you might think. Horticulturist Christina Jones gives her recommendations. 

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Betula utilis jacquemontii c. Jason Ingram

The textural bark of birch trees has a haunting beauty and comes in many more colours and textures than you might think. Horticulturist Christina Jones gives her recommendations. 

Ask five nurserymen to name the tree that is most often requested, and undoubtedly the answer will be our native silver birch, Betula pendula. It seems entirely appropriate that as a key woodland pioneer species, this tree should abound in the nation’s gardens. But let’s be honest. The environmental value is just happenstance; fellow pioneers such as alders and hazels don’t enjoy this sort of attention. It’s really about the bark, isn’t it? That wonderfully tactile, peeling white bark.

12 great gardening reads from 2014’s books

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

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Books favourites 2014

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

 

Good gardening reads chosen from books published in 2014

Seven Flowers And How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter
‘Potter’s cultural journey leads her from foot-binding in China… to the sexual rituals of the Minoans.’ From review by Ambra Edwards.
Atlantic Books, £25 – offer price £23. ISBN 978-0857891648.

 

Two pumpkin purée recipes for seasonal flavours

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

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Pumpkin recipes c. Sarah Young

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

Use either of these recipes as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock

 

SPICED PUMPKIN PURÉE
450g pumpkin, peeled and diced into small cubes 
1tbsp (heaped) panch phoron (see below) 
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 thumb ginger, peeled and finely grated 
1tsp amchoor (sour dried mango) powder or 2tbsp lemon juice
salt and black pepper 


How to create a green wall

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

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Green walls c. Jason Ingram

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

Green or living walls are becoming increasingly popular in public landscaping especially for restaurants, hotels and shops, adding texture and life to urban spaces. In principle they are an environmentally friendly idea, but, and it is a big but, this is only if you use appropriate plants and are prepared to put the correct level of maintenance in place. Only if they’re well maintained will living walls look as good as the day they were planted.

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