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Chelsea Fringe festival 2016

A round-up of this year's Chelsea Fringe events. 

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Chelsea Fringe 2016

A round-up of this year's Chelsea Fringe events. 

If you haven't got tickets to this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, make the most of Chelsea Fringe festival instead and take part in some of the horticultural events taking place throughout the UK and Europe. The festival runs from 21 May - 12 June and includes workshops, exhibitions, community projects and gardening talks. Here's a tiny taster of what's on offer. 

 

Garden kneelers

We've picked out nine of the best garden kneelers that offer both style and comfort. 

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The best garden kneelers

We've picked out nine of the best garden kneelers that offer both style and comfort. 

Spring is in full swing and it's the perfect time to get out into the garden. Make sure to cushion your knees while planting and weeding with one of these comfy designs. 

 

EARTHY TONES
Waxed cotton and suede kneeler,
£35, Gardens Illustrated Shop,
shop.gardensillustrated.com

 

 

Garden-inspired gifts for Mothering Sunday

Gardens Illustrated have put together a list of luxurious gifts, from botanical prints to big blooming bouquets that will make saying thank you to your wonderful mum on Mothering Sunday that extra bit special. 

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Floral inspired gifts for Mother's Day

Gardens Illustrated have put together a list of luxurious gifts, from botanical prints to big blooming bouquets that will make saying thank you to your wonderful mum on Mothering Sunday that extra bit special. 

We've put together a selection of gifts that will say an extra big thank you to your mum on Mother's Day.  

Prize Draw - £300 worth of vouchers for Jacksons Fencing

Advertising promotion - Your chance to WIN £300 of vouchers for Jacksons Fencing by entering a prize draw

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Jackson fencing

Advertising promotion - Your chance to WIN £300 of vouchers for Jacksons Fencing by entering a prize draw

Television programmes such as George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year have broadened our minds to the potential of existing structures such as caravans, sheds and shepherd huts, that can be up-cycled to create a quirky haven in the garden, in which to relax and entertain friends and family.

However, if you’re looking to create a new focal point in the garden this summer but want to avoid spending a lot of time on a large renovation project, consider investing in a ready-made structure from Jacksons Fencing.

Top 10 most romantic gardens

Lose your heart in one of the world's most romantic gardens. Garden writer Anna Pavord picks ten of her favourite gardens to visit that will sweep you off your feet

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Dicentra - Bleeding Heart c. Jason Ingram

Lose your heart in one of the world's most romantic gardens. Garden writer Anna Pavord picks ten of her favourite gardens to visit that will sweep you off your feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 of the best boot scrapers

Leave all mud at the door with our roundup of nine of the most stylish boot scrapers.

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9 of the best boot scrapers

Leave all mud at the door with our roundup of nine of the most stylish boot scrapers.

February can be a busy time in the garden prepping the soil and clearing dead material ready for spring planting. With all the wet and windy weather we've been having lately, you're bound to pick up a nice muddy leather of soil along your boots! We've chosen nine stylish boot scrapers that will help to leave all the mud at your door. 

 

January offers at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

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Gardens Illustrated shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

The new growing season is just around the corner; make sure that you are set up and ready to go. Visit our Gardens Illustrated Shop and choose from our selection of practical, top quality gardening items.

Order now and make the most of our special offers for January with discounts on all our products including our excellent Sneeboer gardening tools - perfect for getting your soil ready for seed sowing and planting. Don't forget, subscribers get the best deals.

50 best plant nurseries in the UK

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

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c. Hannah McVicar

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects 50 of the nation's finest nurseries.

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Architectural Plants
Exotic plants with presence sum up the plants here and specialities include bamboos rated for hardiness with a traffic lights system, seaside plants, ‘spikies’ such as agaves and yuccas, topiary and rare evergreen broadleaved trees. Large range of pots too.

No mail order

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. In the December issue, Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

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