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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.

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is a garden designer and Director of Garden Design at KLC school of design. Here she talks about her love of gardening and her forthcoming talk at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 'What makes a great garden?' 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is a garden designer and Director of Garden Design at KLC school of design. Here she talks about her love of gardening and her forthcoming talk at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 'What makes a great garden?' 

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show silver medal winner. For 16 years, in her role as Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design, she has been instrumental in establishing the highly acclaimed garden design courses. She will be running a garden design course at Great Dixter in Sussex in 2017. 

Jinny Blom's desert island books

The favourite gardening titles of designer Jinny Blom celebrate encyclopaedic knowledge, the poetry of the seasons and the participatory nature of therapeutic design.  

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Jinny Blom's desert island books

The favourite gardening titles of designer Jinny Blom celebrate encyclopaedic knowledge, the poetry of the seasons and the participatory nature of therapeutic design.  

I’ve always bought books and have been an avid reader since I first learned how. The pleasure of taking a journey through an author’s unfolding words is a sublime experience. Reading, rather like drawing or making music, is a submersive experience and the absorption of information occurs on many levels simultaneously.

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs with which she has worked for the last three decades. Jekka will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her approach to gardening.

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs with which she has worked for the last three decades. Jekka will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her approach to gardening.

Jekka and Mac McVicar first started planting organic herbs in 1984, on a small patch at their home in Bristol. A passion that outgrew their garden resulted in the move to Alveston in 1987, at which time the farm was growing 26 different herbs; this has now increased to over 650, each one expertly hand raised and benefiting from years of experience in growing high-quality, organic herbs.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton is an author, gardener and keen forager. He will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in March 2017 and here you can find out more about his upcoming talk, 'A Wild Life in Gin'. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton is an author, gardener and keen forager. He will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in March 2017 and here you can find out more about his upcoming talk, 'A Wild Life in Gin'. 

Andy Hamilton is the bestselling author of Booze for Free and is known for his wild food knowledge and love of home brewing. As well as writing books, Andy has appeared on television and radio and contributes to magazines, including Gardens Illustrated.

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