Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

Flower fever: 5 events celebrating Chelsea Flower Show

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

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Chelsea in Bloom

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

Floral refreshment

The Botanist, Sloane Square
What: A yearly pop-up cocktail bar on Sloane Square serving
exquisite concoctions inspired by the botanical world. We like
the sound of their Spiced Tamarin Smash, which includes Monkey Shoulder
blended scotch, Grand Marnier, cinnamon syrup, cinnamon
bitters, coriander seed bitters and lemon juice.

Chelsea Fringe 2015

The popular Chelsea Fringe festival returns this year with a programme that is bigger and better than before. Here we highlight some of our favourite picks from the bunch. 

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Chelsea Fringe 2015

The popular Chelsea Fringe festival returns this year with a programme that is bigger and better than before. Here we highlight some of our favourite picks from the bunch. 

The Chelsea Fringe returns this year with a programme that is bigger and better than before. Running from 16 May - 7 June there are range of activities taking place at varied venues across London and the UK - with a few satallite events taking place overseas. Here we highlight some of our favourite picks from the bunch, but for full details of all events and activities go to the Fringe website at www.chelseafringe.com

Gardens Illustrated Festival feedback

Did you go to the Gardens Festival in Malmesbury (17-18 April)? If you did we'd love to hear your thoughts. Complete our questionnaire by 1st May 2015 and well enter you in a prize draw for the chance to win £150 of John Lewis vouchers

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Festival feedback c.Jason Ingram

Did you go to the Gardens Festival in Malmesbury (17-18 April)? If you did we'd love to hear your thoughts. Complete our questionnaire by 1st May 2015 and well enter you in a prize draw for the chance to win £150 of John Lewis vouchers

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed the Gardens Illustrated Festival.

Potted pipes - planting display

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates a container planting display to mark the transition from spring to early summer

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Planting combination c. Andrew Montgomery

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates a container planting display to mark the transition from spring to early summer

Pipe dreams

9 potting benches

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

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Metal-topped potting bench. Cox & Cox

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

Make better use of small spaces and bring order to sowing, potting on and transplanting with one of these workstations. 

Reader Day 1 June 2015 - The Allure of Umbellifers

Spend a day at Great Dixter with nurserywoman Marina Christopher and head gardener Fergus Garrett looking at the variety and enduring appeal of umbellifers: 1 June 2015

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Umbellifer Reader Day c. Sharon Pearson

Spend a day at Great Dixter with nurserywoman Marina Christopher and head gardener Fergus Garrett looking at the variety and enduring appeal of umbellifers: 1 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 of the best cherry blossom

Ornamental Japanese cherry trees are one of the delights of spring with their clouds of blossom and make a wonderful addition to a garden. Val Bourne picks out some favourites from the collection at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. 

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Japanese cherry blossom c. Lynn Keddie

Ornamental Japanese cherry trees are one of the delights of spring with their clouds of blossom and make a wonderful addition to a garden. Val Bourne picks out some favourites from the collection at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. 

There is nothing quite as uplifting as a branch of blossom silhouetted against a spring sky. Japanese cherries, known in Japan as sakura, are among the most beautiful of blossom-bearing trees although they bear no fruit to speak of. The Japanese celebrate the arrival of the blossom every year with a blossom festival or sakura matsuri. Every year many make pilgrimages to iconic trees, planted in famous temple gardens or besides ancient castles, and picnic beneath them to view their blossom – a tradition known as hanami.

Sarah Raven home-grown favourites collection with FREE p&p

With Sarah Raven's tried and tested, grow-your-own vegetable collections you'll be harvesting the most delicious produce - and we're offering free p&p on three collections

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Sarah Raven reader offer on vegetable collections

With Sarah Raven's tried and tested, grow-your-own vegetable collections you'll be harvesting the most delicious produce - and we're offering free p&p on three collections

All the vegetables and fruit sold at Sarah Raven are carefully chosen and trialled by Sarah in her garden in East Sussex, and only the most delicious and productive varieties make it into the range.

Here are some of the winning varieties, all available to order now and offered to Gardens Illustrated readers with Free P&P for delivery early spring, at just the right time for planting or chitting.
 

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.

12 great gardening reads from 2014’s books

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

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Books favourites 2014

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

 

Good gardening reads chosen from books published in 2014

Seven Flowers And How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter
‘Potter’s cultural journey leads her from foot-binding in China… to the sexual rituals of the Minoans.’ From review by Ambra Edwards.
Atlantic Books, £25 – offer price £23. ISBN 978-0857891648.

 

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