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January offers at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

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Gardens Illustrated shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

The new growing season is just around the corner; make sure that you are set up and ready to go. Visit our Gardens Illustrated Shop and choose from our selection of practical, top quality gardening items.

Order now and make the most of our special offers for January with discounts on all our products including our excellent Sneeboer gardening tools - perfect for getting your soil ready for seed sowing and planting. Don't forget, subscribers get the best deals.

50 best plant nurseries in the UK

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

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Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects 50 of the nation's finest nurseries.

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Architectural Plants
Exotic plants with presence sum up the plants here and specialities include bamboos rated for hardiness with a traffic lights system, seaside plants, ‘spikies’ such as agaves and yuccas, topiary and rare evergreen broadleaved trees. Large range of pots too.

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. In the December issue, Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

Christmas at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

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Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

Choose from our selection of great gardening items this Christmas and delight your friends and family. Plus, if you're a subscriber you get a discount on the recommended prices.

PLEASE NOTE: Last order date for Christmas gifts is Thursday 17th December 2015.

Hedgehog Day

21 November is Hedgehog Day. Rapidly in decline, this small spiny mammal needs your support to survive. Here are five simple ways in which you can help. 

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Hedgehog day

21 November is Hedgehog Day. Rapidly in decline, this small spiny mammal needs your support to survive. Here are five simple ways in which you can help. 

In the last 10 years, Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30 per cent. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. The reasons for this dramatic decline are thought to be reduced hedgerow quality; the over-management of parks and green space; loss of gardens to paving/decking; pesticides and increased fencing.

The best Christmas gifts for gardeners

No matter if the gardener in your life is passionate about wildlife, fanatical about veg growing or simply loves cut flowers, Gardens Illustrated has found the best Christmas gifts for gardeners. 

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Best Christmas gifts for gardeners

No matter if the gardener in your life is passionate about wildlife, fanatical about veg growing or simply loves cut flowers, Gardens Illustrated has found the best Christmas gifts for gardeners. 

Finding the perfect gift for friends or family is no easy task, which is why Gardens Illustrated has created a guide to help you find the best Christmas gift for the green-fingered gardener in your life. 

 

The wildlife gardener

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Sedona terracotta bird house, £28, Anthropologie

Apple and tamarind chutney

Think ahead and pickle yourself the perfect chutney ready for Christmas. 

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Apple chutney

Think ahead and pickle yourself the perfect chutney ready for Christmas. 

How to make Apple and tamarind chutney

 

Food writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh makes a home-made pickle now, which will be ready to eat in a month’s time (for Christmas). The sweet apple benefits from the tang of the tamarind, the sour pulp extracted from the bean of the tamarind tree.

Ingredients

Ideas for Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

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Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

With the abundance of squash ready to be harvested in the garden, the creative fun of halloween can be a welcome way to use up surplus crops. Originally the Pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), the holiday marked the official end of the harvest season. Samhain also marked the time of year when the veil between the two worlds was particularly thin, allowing the dead spirits to cross into the world of the living.

Celebrate Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

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Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

The apple is a firm favourite in the British fruit bowl, but peel back it's humble exterior and you'll realise that the apple has a huge part to play in our culture and the ecology around us. Set up in 1990 by the charity Common Ground, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration of the fruit's diversity and a demonstration of the variety of apples we are in danger of losing.

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