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Reader tour to the Gardens of Wiltshire

Discover a selection of English country gardens on our exclusive tour, including a day spent with designer Tania Compton allowing us exclusive access to some of the county’s finest private gardens. 18-21 September 2017.

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Gardens of Wiltshire

Discover a selection of English country gardens on our exclusive tour, including a day spent with designer Tania Compton allowing us exclusive access to some of the county’s finest private gardens. 18-21 September 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the month - Bizarre Botany

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

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March book of the month

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

Bizarre Botany
by Christina Harrison and Lauren Gardiner

 

Kew Publishing, £10
ISBN 978-1842466148

An intriguing A to Z of botanical enquiry, packed with astonishing facts from the world of plants – and far beyond.
Reviewer Ambra Edwards is a writer and garden historian. 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

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Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

The gardens of Westonbirt School

Ahead of the Gardens Illustrated Festival 25-26 March, we take a look at the history behind the gardens of Westonbirt School, where our weekend of events is located. Head gardener Alixandra Chalk gives us an insight into what to expect in the gardens in spring. 

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The gardens of Westonbirt

Ahead of the Gardens Illustrated Festival 25-26 March, we take a look at the history behind the gardens of Westonbirt School, where our weekend of events is located. Head gardener Alixandra Chalk gives us an insight into what to expect in the gardens in spring. 

Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892) was 31 when he inherited the Westonbirt estate from his father in 1839. He set out to develop the pleasure grounds and started by creating the Italian Garden. However, he was particularly keen on trees and he laid the foundations of the tree collection that is now Westonbirt Arboretum, as well as the wide variety of rare and interesting trees that can be found in the gardens surrounding the house.

Book of the month: Gardenista

Gardenista is a sourcebook of real gardens - a compendium of design ideas for the garden that you will return to again and again. It's our book of the month and you can read the review here. 

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Gardens Illustrated book of the month

Gardenista is a sourcebook of real gardens - a compendium of design ideas for the garden that you will return to again and again. It's our book of the month and you can read the review here. 

Gardenista
by Michelle Slatalla
Photography by Matthew Williams

Artisan New York, £28.99
ISBN 978-1579656522

A sourcebook of real gardens – selected by design sleuths at gardenista.com– that have been created with love and attention to detail. 

Reviewer Annie Gatti is a garden writer and editor 

 

 

 

The best gardens to visit for culture

We select 15 of our favourite gardens in which you can immerse yourself in art, literature, science, politics and music.

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Gardens to visit for culture

We select 15 of our favourite gardens in which you can immerse yourself in art, literature, science, politics and music.

The gardens at Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset designed by Piet Oudolf. Photograph by Jason Ingram. 

 

The Gardens Illustrated Christmas gift guide for gardeners

A selection of stylish, practical and decorative Christmas gift ideas to tempt even the most seasoned of gardeners.

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Christmas gifts for gardeners

A selection of stylish, practical and decorative Christmas gift ideas to tempt even the most seasoned of gardeners.

The Gardens Illustrated Christmas gift guide has a selection of of beautiful and practical gifts to give the gardener in your life. 

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Nigel Dunnett

Nigel Dunnett is a garden designer who regularly designs show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and was part of the team who designed the planting for London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here he talks to Gardens Illustrated about his love of gardening ahead of his talk, 'Layers of colour: creating beautiful long-season planting' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017. 

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Gardens Illustrated 2017 Nigel Dunnett

Nigel Dunnett is a garden designer who regularly designs show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and was part of the team who designed the planting for London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here he talks to Gardens Illustrated about his love of gardening ahead of his talk, 'Layers of colour: creating beautiful long-season planting' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017. 

Garden designer Nigel Dunnett likes to tune his planting to nature by applying ecological concepts to the principles of planting design. He has regularly designed show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and was part of the design team for the planting at the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Gardens Illustrated's books of the year

Our favourite gardening reads from 2016. 

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Gardens Illustrated's books of the year

Our favourite gardening reads from 2016. 

2016 has been a great year for gardening books. Here we choose our favourites from the year.

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World by Phaidon editors
Phaidon, £39.95
ISBN 978-0714871486

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Mary Keen

Mary Keen is an internationally renowned garden designer and writer. Here, we chat to Mary about her love of gardens and her talk 'High horticulture or running wild?', which will take place at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Mary Keen C.Jason Ingram

Mary Keen is an internationally renowned garden designer and writer. Here, we chat to Mary about her love of gardens and her talk 'High horticulture or running wild?', which will take place at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

A garden designer and regular contributor to theTelegraph and The Garden, Mary's favourite project remains her Gloucestershire garden, which opens to groups and for the National Gardens Scheme.

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