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'Down to Earth - My Garden Story’ with Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

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Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

 

Monty Don's passion for gardens and gardening, organic practices and home-grown vegetables encompasses a deep respect for rural living and traditional skills. We are delighted to welcome him as the speaker at our first GARDENS ILLUSTRATED Autumn Lecture, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, when he will talk about his life in gardening, his passion for growing and his Herefordshire garden in a talk entitled 'Down to Earth - My Garden Story'.

Create this gorgeous planting combination

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

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Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Helen Lewis from Ferdinandushof nursery in the Netherlands creates a gorgeous planting scheme for dahlias and complementary grases and perennials. She calls this one 'Fireball' - oranges, yellows, reds and limes combine with rich purples to dramatic effect.

Take these dahlias

 

 

 

 

 

Plant hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

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Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

We are now including details of plant hardiness ratings alongside the regular plant information in the features in the magazine. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 of the best long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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We pick out nine of the best long-handled bulb planters, ideal for when you have a large number of blulbs to plant and don't want to spend hours on your knees.

 

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How to employ a gardener

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

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Tips on employing a gardener

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

A skilled gardener offers far more than mere watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for? Annie Gatti picks up on some of the main considerations when looking to employ a gardener.

Container combination - Butterflies and flashbacks

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

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Butterflies and flashbacks c Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

Butterflies and flashbacks

Reader Holiday: Gardens at the heart of France 13-17 October 2014

Join our tour hosted by editor Juliet Roberts and plantsman John Hoyland to the gardens of Paris and Île de France, including a visit to the Journées des Plantes plant fair at Château de Courson: 13-17 October, 2014

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Paris scene c. Peter Seaward

Join our tour hosted by editor Juliet Roberts and plantsman John Hoyland to the gardens of Paris and Île de France, including a visit to the Journées des Plantes plant fair at Château de Courson: 13-17 October, 2014

 

Tickets on sale for new GROW London garden show

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

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GROW London

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

Perfect for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, GROW London will offer the very best in contemporary gardening – bursting with ideas on how to transform your outdoor space, be it a large garden or a compact balcony.

10% reader discount on Plant Belles

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

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Plant Belles - Gertrude support c.James Corbett

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

 

Top 10 most romantic gardens

On Valentine's Day lose your heart in one of the world's most romantic gardens. Garden writer Anna Pavord picks ten of her favourite gardens to visit that will sweep you off your feet

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Dicentra - Bleeding Heart c. Jason Ingram

On Valentine's Day lose your heart in one of the world's most romantic gardens. Garden writer Anna Pavord picks ten of her favourite gardens to visit that will sweep you off your feet