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Inspiring botancial art at Kew, including a 10-metre long image; a note of caution when it comes to lopping trees; the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire remembered and why it makes sense to get out this autumn.

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Inspiring botancial art at Kew, including a 10-metre long image; a note of caution when it comes to lopping trees; the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire remembered and why it makes sense to get out this autumn.

Stories from out and about in the horticultural world

Kew exhibition
The current ‘Inspiring Kew’ exhibition at the botanic gardens’ Shirley Sherwood Gallery, shows artwork from the creation of the physic garden in 1759 to today’s UNESCO World Heritage site, showing how Kew has inspired generations of botanical artists.

Baking with flowers

Capture subtle floral scents and flavours in your baking. Here's a recipe from cook Frances Bissell's latest book The Floral Baker - Chocolate and lavender madeleine anyone?

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The Floral Baker Frances Bissell

Capture subtle floral scents and flavours in your baking. Here's a recipe from cook Frances Bissell's latest book The Floral Baker - Chocolate and lavender madeleine anyone?

Chocolate and lavender madeleines

Freshly baked madeleines are often served as petites fours at the end of dinner in restaurants.

Ingredients (makes 24)
50g lavender sugar (see below)
50g caster sugar
75g self-raising flour
4 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g unsalted butter, melted

Method
Preheat the over to 220C/gas mark 8. Butter and flour one or two trays of madeleine moulds

The benefits of growing your own garlic

Urban gardener Jojo Tulloh, who writes a regular column in the magazine for us on growing and cooking, contemplates garlic planting time, the most flavoursome cultivars to grow and what to cook with your home-grown wonders.

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Planting garlic c. Sarah Cuttle

Urban gardener Jojo Tulloh, who writes a regular column in the magazine for us on growing and cooking, contemplates garlic planting time, the most flavoursome cultivars to grow and what to cook with your home-grown wonders.

Growing garlic
Before you write this year off, clear some space and order some onion sets and garlic for growing. Both onions and garlic can be planted in autumn; garlic in particular needs a prolonged period of cold weather (at least a month at 10°C).

Gardens Illustrated tour of Devon gardens 2015

Join our exclusive four-day tour of some of Devon's finest gardens set within wooded coombes and romantic moorland, in the company of plants and garden expert Noël Kingsbury: 28 June – 1 July, 2015

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Coleton Fishacre c. Carole Drake

Join our exclusive four-day tour of some of Devon's finest gardens set within wooded coombes and romantic moorland, in the company of plants and garden expert Noël Kingsbury: 28 June – 1 July, 2015

Tucked in the southwest corner of England, Devon is a county tailor-made for the garden-visiting connoisseur, with its dramatically contrasting landscape of wild, romantic moorland, wooded coombes and rich red earth.

What's on: Apple Day

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

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Apple Day c. William Shaw

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

 

12 pretty plants for wildlife lovers

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

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Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Plants for wildlife

'Down to Earth - My Garden Story’ with Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

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Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

 

Monty Don's passion for gardens and gardening, organic practices and home-grown vegetables encompasses a deep respect for rural living and traditional skills. We are delighted to welcome him as the speaker at our first GARDENS ILLUSTRATED Autumn Lecture, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, when he will talk about his life in gardening, his passion for growing and his Herefordshire garden in a talk entitled 'Down to Earth - My Garden Story'.

Create this gorgeous planting combination

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

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Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Helen Lewis from Ferdinandushof nursery in the Netherlands creates a gorgeous planting scheme for dahlias and complementary grases and perennials. She calls this one 'Fireball' - oranges, yellows, reds and limes combine with rich purples to dramatic effect.

Take these dahlias

 

 

 

 

 

9 of the best long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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We pick out nine of the best long-handled bulb planters, ideal for when you have a large number of blulbs to plant and don't want to spend hours on your knees.

 

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How to employ a gardener

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

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Tips on employing a gardener

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

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