Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

Somerset Gardens Tour 2014

Visit some of the finest and most influential gardens in England set within the wooded coombes and lush meadows of rural Somerset and its borders: 15-19 June, 2014

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The Organic Gardens at Holt Farm

Visit some of the finest and most influential gardens in England set within the wooded coombes and lush meadows of rural Somerset and its borders: 15-19 June, 2014

 

10% discount on Turtle Mats

In 2014 The Turtle Mat Company celebrates 20 years of keeping Britain’s homes cleaner and Gardens Illustrated readers can enjoy the benefits along with a 10% discount.

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Turtle Mat

In 2014 The Turtle Mat Company celebrates 20 years of keeping Britain’s homes cleaner and Gardens Illustrated readers can enjoy the benefits along with a 10% discount.

 

9 stylish greenhouses with porches

Our Design Sourcebook shortlists some of the most stylish options for greenhouses with porches

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Traditional greenhouse with coldframes from Victorian Greenhouses

Our Design Sourcebook shortlists some of the most stylish options for greenhouses with porches

DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
Nine stylish ways to keep your beloved plants happy through the seasons - we look at greenhouses with porches

 

SIZE MATTERS

 

 

10 of the best cloches for your garden

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

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Cloche choice c. Sean Malyon

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

From left
Glass and wire bell cloche (next to watering can)
18 diameter x 25cm h,
£19.99 from Crocus

Woven bamboo tunnel cloche
1m l x 40cm h x 45cm w,
£20 from Gifts & Gardens

Chase barn cloche wire framework (glass not included)
£12 from Hibbitt of Oswestry

9 stylish and practical bird feeders

Keep feathered friends happy in winter with these pretty but practical feeders

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The Short List - Birdfeeders

Keep feathered friends happy in winter with these pretty but practical feeders

 

FOR SMALLER BIRDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marjolein Bastin hanging feeder
£19.95, CJ Wildlife
0800 731 2820, birdfood.co.uk

 

 

SHABBY CHIC

Our 12 favourite gardening books of 2013

From Piet Oudolf's planting style to growing speedy veg, the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team round up their favourite gardening books released during 2013. Great ideaS for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

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2013 best books roundup

From Piet Oudolf's planting style to growing speedy veg, the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team round up their favourite gardening books released during 2013. Great ideaS for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

Daffodil by Noël Kingsbury
‘A fascinating, up-beat book with floral sunshine on every page. One you will look at again and again.’
Reviewed by Matthew Biggs issue 203 (November)
£17.99 – offer price £16.99
Timber Press, ISBN 978-1604693188

 

Special offer: GI reader discount at Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop

Get 10% off at Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop. You’ll find original work by international artists and contemporary designers and makers including exclusive goods from Angie Lewin to accompany her exhibition.

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Angie Lewin mugs for YSP c. Jonty Wilde

Get 10% off at Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop. You’ll find original work by international artists and contemporary designers and makers including exclusive goods from Angie Lewin to accompany her exhibition.

To celebrate Angie Lewin’s solo exhibition A Natural Line at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Gardens Illustrated readers can get a 10% discount in the shop.

Nurseryman's favourites – October

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.

 

 

Reader offer for Sarah Raven's autumn catalogue

Gardens Illustrated readers should make the most of a 10% discount on Sarah Raven's new autumn catalogue. There's some lovely collections of tulips and other bulbs for planting now.

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Sarah Raven tulip bulb mix c. Jonathan Buckley

Gardens Illustrated readers should make the most of a 10% discount on Sarah Raven's new autumn catalogue. There's some lovely collections of tulips and other bulbs for planting now.

 

Sarah Raven’s catalogue for autumn is out now. Bulbs are to the fore with lots of tempting collections, including some new selections of tulips using cultivars chosen to complement each other.

Favourite dahlias

Nel and Theej Verheggen have perfected their dahlia growing, which they combine with billowing grasses and rambling roses to romantic effect. Here's some of their favourites.

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Verheggen dahlias

Nel and Theej Verheggen have perfected their dahlia growing, which they combine with billowing grasses and rambling roses to romantic effect. Here's some of their favourites.

For the past ten years Theej Verheggen has also propagated dahlias. Despite a modest nature, he takes pride in his success: “In June, people travel from all over to buy our dahlias." 

Here are a selection of their favourites