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Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Jinny Blom

Garden and landscape designer Jinny Blom will be speaking at next year's Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017. She set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Here you can read more about Jinny's love of gardens and her talk at the festival. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Jinny Blom

Garden and landscape designer Jinny Blom will be speaking at next year's Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017. She set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Here you can read more about Jinny's love of gardens and her talk at the festival. 

Jinny Blom set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Her gardens are defined by beautiful craftsmanship and intelligent planting. She has worked on projects in the UK, Italy, the USA and Kenya.

Design ideas for building a tree house

From a varnished wood and brass eyrie to a chrysalis-like pod, James Alexander-Sinclair seeks out the weird and wonderful world of tree houses to find inspiration for an aerial retreat of your own - be it in your garden, or a holiday adventure.

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Design ideas for building a tree house

From a varnished wood and brass eyrie to a chrysalis-like pod, James Alexander-Sinclair seeks out the weird and wonderful world of tree houses to find inspiration for an aerial retreat of your own - be it in your garden, or a holiday adventure.

Anybody who has grown up in a garden with a climbable tree will understand the attraction: the enhanced view, the oneness with nature and the marked thrill engendered by the ever-present possibility that you might fall out. The genus tree house divides into two distinct species: those that are built into the branches of trees and those that hover around the canopy but are actually supported by sturdy poles concreted into the ground.

Make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

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How to make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

Ginger beer

Fermentation is the way to create life even in the grip of winter's maw. In Food in England, the food historian Dorothy Hartley describes how as a child she loved to watch the ginger beer 'bee' (so called because it makes a faint humming sound) bubble up and down in a jar on the kitchen windowsill. In cold weather fermentation may take several days to a week to occur.

Ingredients
1 large thumb fresh root ginger
400g sugar
250ml water
2 lemons

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Arne Maynard

Garden designer, Arne Maynard will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. Here you can find out more about his talk and the love he has for garden design. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Arne Maynard

Garden designer, Arne Maynard will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. Here you can find out more about his talk and the love he has for garden design. 

Central to Arne Maynard's work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular harmony. He has a holistic approach to design and believes that to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its confines, as well as to the needs of its owners.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, which is famous for its stunning display of roses. You can catch Troy speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated festival Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, which is famous for its stunning display of roses. You can catch Troy speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

On his very first visit, Troy Scott Smith found himself captivated by the romantic beauty of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. He worked as a gardener at Sissinghurst for five years in the early 1990s and came to love the garden even more but when he returned as head gardener in 2013, Troy realised something was missing from the garden; where were the roses planted by celebrated writer and gardener, Vita Sackville-West?

How to buy the best Christmas tree

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

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Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

What is the perfect Christmas tree? In a sense, of course, all Christmas trees are perfect. But there’s no getting away from the fact that some clog up the vacuum cleaner more than others. So here is your essential guide to the various types of tree available, with some advice on the benefits of each, from scent to needle retention. We also provide a guide on how to get the best from your tree over the festive season – and beyond, if you have bought a potted or container-grown one.

 

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Charlie Ryrie

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017 Charlie Ryrie

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

Fed up with cut flowers shipped in from glasshouses overseas, gardener Charlie Ryrie set up The Real Cut Flower Garden to offer customers seasonal bouquets of home-grown blooms. She began by buying the field next to her her cottage in Hay-on-Wye and started to grow the flowers she liked. Now, she has has moved to Dorset and has been growing old-fashioned and unusual flowers for 12 years.

Book of the month: Plant

Our book of the month for November is Plant by Phaidon editors. Here you can read the review, written by Anna Pavord. 

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Book review of Plant

Our book of the month for November is Plant by Phaidon editors. Here you can read the review, written by Anna Pavord. 

Plant: exploring the botanical world
by Phaidon editors

 

Phaidon, £39.95
ISBN 978-0714871486

 

A dazzling collection of more than 300 images of plants that brings the evolution of botanical art right into the 21st century.
Reviewer Anna Pavord is a garden writer.

Plot to plate - cooking with garlic

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

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Garlic c. Andrew Montgomery

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. "The sweet, subtle flavours of a home-grown bulb will put you off acrid, long-stored shop garlic for ever," says Jojo. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

 

Pickled Garlic (makes one jar)

15% off garlic collections from The Garlic Farm

Get your garlic ordered now ready for planting over the winter months. Expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of two of their garlic growing collections. Valid until 1/10/16 to 28/2/17.

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The Garlic Farm offer

Get your garlic ordered now ready for planting over the winter months. Expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of two of their garlic growing collections. Valid until 1/10/16 to 28/2/17.

In the November 2016 issue of Gardens Illustrate gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh gives advice on growing and eating garlic. To get your own garlic growing sorted, expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of these garlic growing collections

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