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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.

 

Natural decorations to bring festive appeal to your front door

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

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Christmas decorations for door c. Andrew Montgomery

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

Succulents and sprigs wreath created by designer Kristy Ramage

 

12 trees for autumn colour

The owners of Kwekerij Arborealis nursery in the Netherlands specialise in trees. Here they recommend 12 of their favourite trees for show-stopping autumn colour.

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12 trees for autumn

The owners of Kwekerij Arborealis nursery in the Netherlands specialise in trees. Here they recommend 12 of their favourite trees for show-stopping autumn colour.

12 trees for show-stopping autumn colours - chosen by tree experts Sietske and Micha of Kwekerij Arborealis in the Netherlands.

 

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