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Miniature ceramic British gardens

From her Arizona studio, ceramic artist Andrea Shemilt Kashanipour creates miniature sets of iconic British gardens. 

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Miniature British gardens

From her Arizona studio, ceramic artist Andrea Shemilt Kashanipour creates miniature sets of iconic British gardens. 

On a shelf in a sunny workshop in Sedona, Arizona, sits a charming little clay dachshund between a pair of truncated green square pyramids. Carved on top of each pyramid is a creature with a large tail. The pieces may lack detail, you might even describe them as naïve, but there is no mistaking the shapes: they are miniature pottery versions of the peacock topiary at Great Dixter.

10 essentials for visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Ten must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

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Top 10 tips for Chelsea

Ten must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

 

Don't let the excitement of a ticket for the Chelsea Flower Show let you forget the essentials - those little, simple, obvious bits and pieces that will help to make your day at Chelsea run as smoothly as possible.

5 events celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23-26 May 2017) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking place during Chelsea week. 

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Events celebrating Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23-26 May 2017) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking place during Chelsea week. 

Chelsea Flower Show afternoon tea, The Dorchester

GI columnist Jojo Tulloh wins award

Hurrah! Gardener, cook and food writer Jojo Tulloh wins a Fortnum & Mason Food Food and Drink Award for her column in Gardens Illustrated

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Jojo Tulloh award

Hurrah! Gardener, cook and food writer Jojo Tulloh wins a Fortnum & Mason Food Food and Drink Award for her column in Gardens Illustrated

If you’ve read our columnist Jojo Tulloh’s regular writings in the magazine you’ll already know how inspiring her words are on vegetable growing and creating seasonal dishes from home-grown produce (accompanied by Sarah Young's gorgeous illustrations).

 

 

 

A review of Natural Selection by Dan Pearson

Natural Selection is a new title by award-winning garden designer and journalist Dan Pearson. He draws on ten years of his columns for the Observer to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden.

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Natural Selection by Dan Pearson

Natural Selection is a new title by award-winning garden designer and journalist Dan Pearson. He draws on ten years of his columns for the Observer to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden.

Natural Selection
by Dan Pearson

Illustrated by Clare Melinsky
Guardian Faber, £20

ISBN 978-1783351176

Highlights from ten years of the garden writer’s column for the Observer, focusing on his gardens in London and Somerset.

Reviewer Stephanie Donaldson is a garden writer.

 

 

 

 

Get planting this Easter

The Easter break marks the busiest periods for plant nurseries across the country. We ask plant experts to give us their tips on what to look for when buying plants to ensure garden success.

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Spring planting c. Andrew Montgomery

The Easter break marks the busiest periods for plant nurseries across the country. We ask plant experts to give us their tips on what to look for when buying plants to ensure garden success.

While the shops are teeming with novelty rabbits and oversized chocolate eggs, garden nurseries are preparing for what traditionally has been their busiest time. 

The promise of warmer spring weather tempts people out into the garden and the long Easter break is often the first opportunity of the year for gardeners to start planting and to stock up on potting-shed essentials for the season ahead.

 

Nine of the best outdoor tables for small spaces

Here you'll find nine of the best outdoor tables for small spaces. 

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Nine of the best small outdoor tables

Here you'll find nine of the best outdoor tables for small spaces. 

Spring weather can be unpredictable but when the sun is shining, it's important to make the most of being outside. Here are nine occasional tables – perfect for a coffee break, that can be quickly put up or put away, depending on the weather.

 

STACKABLE
Open Outdoor Table,
£459, Aram,
aram.co.uk

 

 

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. 

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