Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

Making and managing prairies

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers what it takes to grow a North American-style meadow garden in Europe. 

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Lianne Pot's prairie-style garden, the Netherlands c. Robert Mabic

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers what it takes to grow a North American-style meadow garden in Europe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combinations for later-summer planting

Esther Schonenberg of Dutch nursery Festina Lente gives her advice on creating a long season of colour in the garden

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Festina Lente late summer planting c. Maayke de Ridder

Esther Schonenberg of Dutch nursery Festina Lente gives her advice on creating a long season of colour in the garden

Esther Schonenberg of Dutch nursery Festina Lente gives her advice on creating a long season of colour in the garden.

“Visit nurseries at different times of year,”  she says. “Choose plants with a long flowering period. Plant annuals, dahlias, salvias and grasses to add interest throughout the year, and cut back early flowering plants to encourage a second flush.”

Deckchairs

Find the perfect summer sling with our list of the best deckchairs

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The best deckchairs

Find the perfect summer sling with our list of the best deckchairs

We've picked out the nine of the best deckchairs so you can sit back and relax in the ultimate summer accessory. 

 

LEATHER SLING
Dakoro Leather Deck Chair,
£395, Nkuku,
nkuku.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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