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Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, which is famous for its stunning display of roses. You can catch Troy speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated festival Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, which is famous for its stunning display of roses. You can catch Troy speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

On his very first visit, Troy Scott Smith found himself captivated by the romantic beauty of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. He worked as a gardener at Sissinghurst for five years in the early 1990s and came to love the garden even more but when he returned as head gardener in 2013, Troy realised something was missing from the garden; where were the roses planted by celebrated writer and gardener, Vita Sackville-West?

How to buy the best Christmas tree

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

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Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

What is the perfect Christmas tree? In a sense, of course, all Christmas trees are perfect. But there’s no getting away from the fact that some clog up the vacuum cleaner more than others. So here is your essential guide to the various types of tree available, with some advice on the benefits of each, from scent to needle retention. We also provide a guide on how to get the best from your tree over the festive season – and beyond, if you have bought a potted or container-grown one.

 

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Charlie Ryrie

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017 Charlie Ryrie

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

Fed up with cut flowers shipped in from glasshouses overseas, gardener Charlie Ryrie set up The Real Cut Flower Garden to offer customers seasonal bouquets of home-grown blooms. She began by buying the field next to her her cottage in Hay-on-Wye and started to grow the flowers she liked. Now, she has has moved to Dorset and has been growing old-fashioned and unusual flowers for 12 years.

Book of the month: Plant

Our book of the month for November is Plant by Phaidon editors. Here you can read the review, written by Anna Pavord. 

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Book review of Plant

Our book of the month for November is Plant by Phaidon editors. Here you can read the review, written by Anna Pavord. 

Plant: exploring the botanical world
by Phaidon editors

 

Phaidon, £39.95
ISBN 978-0714871486

 

A dazzling collection of more than 300 images of plants that brings the evolution of botanical art right into the 21st century.
Reviewer Anna Pavord is a garden writer.

Plot to plate - cooking with garlic

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

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Garlic c. Andrew Montgomery

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

Gardener cook Jojo Tulloh plans plenty of garlic planting for autumn and winter to make sure that she has a good harvest next year for cooking with. "The sweet, subtle flavours of a home-grown bulb will put you off acrid, long-stored shop garlic for ever," says Jojo. Here's a selection of her recipes to showcase your home-grown garlic.

 

Pickled Garlic (makes one jar)

15% off garlic collections from The Garlic Farm

Get your garlic ordered now ready for planting over the winter months. Expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of two of their garlic growing collections. Valid until 1/10/16 to 28/2/17.

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The Garlic Farm offer

Get your garlic ordered now ready for planting over the winter months. Expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of two of their garlic growing collections. Valid until 1/10/16 to 28/2/17.

In the November 2016 issue of Gardens Illustrate gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh gives advice on growing and eating garlic. To get your own garlic growing sorted, expert garlic provider The Garlic Farm is offering 15% off the price of these garlic growing collections

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The natural process behind handmade wallpaper

In the October issue, Gardens Illustrated visit the Dorset studio and garden of artist Hugh Dunford Wood and see for ourselves the inspiration behind his handmade wallpaper. 

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Making handmade wallpaper

In the October issue, Gardens Illustrated visit the Dorset studio and garden of artist Hugh Dunford Wood and see for ourselves the inspiration behind his handmade wallpaper. 

Book tickets for the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

Join us at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March, to celebrate the very best in gardens, plants and design. Tickets on sale now.

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The Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

Join us at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March, to celebrate the very best in gardens, plants and design. Tickets on sale now.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

 

Gardens Illustrated is delighted to announce that our second festival is taking place over the weekend of 25-26 March 2017 at the magnificent country house and gardens of Westonbirt School in the Cotswolds.

Rural skills: oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

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Oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

Owen Jones is one of the very few remaining makers of the traditional Cumbrian oak swill basket. His entire life revolves around the baskets and, by extension, the woods from which he coppices his raw materials. Anything he cuts, he uses, so as well as the swills, he makes shopping baskets, birch besoms, oak gates, hazel hurdles, charcoal and clothes props.

Make the most of the last of summer with a garden visit

Make that summer holiday feeling linger. Here's a small selection of events taking place as August moves in to September that will ensure you make the most of summer in the garden, both culturally and horticulturally.

 
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The Hive, Kew Gardens c. Jeff Eden

Make that summer holiday feeling linger. Here's a small selection of events taking place as August moves in to September that will ensure you make the most of summer in the garden, both culturally and horticulturally.

 

August in the Garden

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