Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

Our 12 favourite gardening books of 2013

20 November 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
2013 best books roundup

From Piet Oudolf's planting style to growing speedy veg, the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team round up their favourite gardening books released during 2013. Great ideaS for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

Daffodil by Noël Kingsbury
‘A fascinating, up-beat book with floral sunshine on every page. One you will look at again and again.’
Reviewed by Matthew Biggs issue 203 (November)
£17.99 – offer price £16.99
Timber Press, ISBN 978-1604693188


Special offer: GI reader discount at Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop

16 November 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Angie Lewin mugs for YSP c. Jonty Wilde

Get 10% off at Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop. You’ll find original work by international artists and contemporary designers and makers including exclusive goods from Angie Lewin to accompany her exhibition.

To celebrate Angie Lewin’s solo exhibition A Natural Line at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Gardens Illustrated readers can get a 10% discount in the shop.

Nurseryman's favourites – October

23 September 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.



Reader offer for Sarah Raven's autumn catalogue

23 August 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Sarah Raven tulip bulb mix c. Jonathan Buckley

Gardens Illustrated readers should make the most of a 10% discount on Sarah Raven's new autumn catalogue. There's some lovely collections of tulips and other bulbs for planting now.


Sarah Raven’s catalogue for autumn is out now. Bulbs are to the fore with lots of tempting collections, including some new selections of tulips using cultivars chosen to complement each other.

Favourite dahlias

22 August 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Verheggen dahlias

Nel and Theej Verheggen have perfected their dahlia growing, which they combine with billowing grasses and rambling roses to romantic effect. Here's some of their favourites.

For the past ten years Theej Verheggen has also propagated dahlias. Despite a modest nature, he takes pride in his success: “In June, people travel from all over to buy our dahlias." 

Here are a selection of their favourites

Scented pelargoniums collection

22 July 2013 - 12:49pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Pelargonium 'Pink Capricorn' c. Jason Ingram

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a scented pelargoniums collection at a special 20% discount for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.


There’s still time in the season to enjoy scented pelargoniums – see our plant profile in issue 200 (August 2013)  – and as summer draws to a close you can bring your plants indoors so you can enjoy them all year round. Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a scented pelargoniums collection at a special 20% discount for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

The collection includes:

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-22 September 2013

14 June 2013 - 12:49pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Bergamo town square during landscape design festival

Be part of the cultural gathering, held in the historic Italian city of Bergamo, to celebrate urban environments and natural landscapes through garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education.


I Maestri del Paesaggio: International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden,
7-22 September 2013, Bergamo, Italy

Inspiration for every season

4 June 2013 - 6:22pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
A Year of Plants

Get your copy of our special edition A Year of Plants with over 200 beautiful perennials chosen by leading experts. You'll find planting inspiration right through from January to December.


A Year of Plants is essential reading for gardeners looking for inspired planting ideas to enrich their gardens from early sping to late winter.

• This special edition from GARDENS ILLUSTRATED offers a season by season guide to a selection of easy-to-grow perennials.

Nurseryman's favourites – June

20 May 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse' c. Sharon Pearson

Head gardener Fergus Garrett chooses the gorgeous red Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse' as a favourite for the June garden – plus 8 other summer picks and where to go to enjoy the best of the season

Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse'

Things to do during Chelsea Flower Show 2013

16 May 2013 - 5:32pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chelsea in Bloom

Here's this year's selection of horticulturally themed activities to enjoy during Chelsea Flower Show week - even if you don't have tickets to the show itself. 

Inspired by the horticultural bonanza that is the Chelsea Flower Show? Here's some other garden related activities taking place in London during flower show week.


Chelsea Fringe 
18 May- 9 June 2013