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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.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Jinny Blom

Garden and landscape designer Jinny Blom will be speaking at next year's Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017. She set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Here you can read more about Jinny's love of gardens and her talk at the festival. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Jinny Blom

Garden and landscape designer Jinny Blom will be speaking at next year's Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017. She set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Here you can read more about Jinny's love of gardens and her talk at the festival. 

Jinny Blom set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Her gardens are defined by beautiful craftsmanship and intelligent planting. She has worked on projects in the UK, Italy, the USA and Kenya.

Design ideas for building a tree house

From a varnished wood and brass eyrie to a chrysalis-like pod, James Alexander-Sinclair seeks out the weird and wonderful world of tree houses to find inspiration for an aerial retreat of your own - be it in your garden, or a holiday adventure.

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Design ideas for building a tree house

From a varnished wood and brass eyrie to a chrysalis-like pod, James Alexander-Sinclair seeks out the weird and wonderful world of tree houses to find inspiration for an aerial retreat of your own - be it in your garden, or a holiday adventure.

Anybody who has grown up in a garden with a climbable tree will understand the attraction: the enhanced view, the oneness with nature and the marked thrill engendered by the ever-present possibility that you might fall out. The genus tree house divides into two distinct species: those that are built into the branches of trees and those that hover around the canopy but are actually supported by sturdy poles concreted into the ground.

Make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

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How to make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

Ginger beer

Fermentation is the way to create life even in the grip of winter's maw. In Food in England, the food historian Dorothy Hartley describes how as a child she loved to watch the ginger beer 'bee' (so called because it makes a faint humming sound) bubble up and down in a jar on the kitchen windowsill. In cold weather fermentation may take several days to a week to occur.

Ingredients
1 large thumb fresh root ginger
400g sugar
250ml water
2 lemons

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Arne Maynard

Garden designer, Arne Maynard will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. Here you can find out more about his talk and the love he has for garden design. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Arne Maynard

Garden designer, Arne Maynard will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. Here you can find out more about his talk and the love he has for garden design. 

Central to Arne Maynard's work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular harmony. He has a holistic approach to design and believes that to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its confines, as well as to the needs of its owners.

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