Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

Crepe paper art

Artist Aimee Baldwin creates beautiful, hand-crafted crepe paper studies of plants and birds in her home studio near San Francisco. We find out more about what it takes to create such intricate pieces of art. 

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Crepe paper art work

Artist Aimee Baldwin creates beautiful, hand-crafted crepe paper studies of plants and birds in her home studio near San Francisco. We find out more about what it takes to create such intricate pieces of art. 

The art of bringing paper to life

 

LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING: 12 October 2015 Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

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Reader event: Photography workshop

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

 

Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter
with guided garden tour and practical session

 

NEW series: A year at Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

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Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

 

How to make sauerruben

With its digestion enhancing qualities and a useful way to use up excess veg, fermentation is enjoying a well deserved revival. This month, Jojo Tulloh shares her own fermentation recipe for sauerruben, the turnip version of sauerkraut. 

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Sauerruben

With its digestion enhancing qualities and a useful way to use up excess veg, fermentation is enjoying a well deserved revival. This month, Jojo Tulloh shares her own fermentation recipe for sauerruben, the turnip version of sauerkraut. 

With so much produce at this time of year, preserving some is a good idea. Fermentation, the ancient art of turning raw ingredients into something new by harnessing beneficial bacteria, is one of the kitchen's oldest magic tricks, and is ideal for preserving excess. I like to ferment baby root vegetables whole in a light bath of vinegar and salt, or grate vegetables as in sauerkraut.

How to make sauerruben

 

Save 20% on spring-flowering bulbs from Avon Bulbs

Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

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Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated, Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Gardens Illustrated tour of Alsace & Rhineland

Join writer and plantsman Noël Kingsbury and like-minded Gardens Illustrated readers to discover the richly planted gardens that span the borderland areas of Alsace and Rhineland, sharing a unique French/German heritage and character. 11-15 June 2016

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Gardens Illustrated tour of Alsace & Rhineland c. Clare Takacs

Join writer and plantsman Noël Kingsbury and like-minded Gardens Illustrated readers to discover the richly planted gardens that span the borderland areas of Alsace and Rhineland, sharing a unique French/German heritage and character. 11-15 June 2016

 

The fertile Rhine river valley cuts between the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest and forms a natural border between France, Switzerland and the southwesterly corner of Germany, sometimes referred to as the ‘Tuscany of Germany’. On this trip we travel northwards, weaving between France and Germany, over an area that’s home to a surprisingly rich selection of gardens.

Design ideas: Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

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Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

 

8 imaginative outdoor play areas for children

 

 

NEW DATE ADDED - Reader event: Garden tour at Highgrove

We are delighted to offer readers of Gardens Illustrated a second oppertunity to attend a special tour of the glorious gardens at Highgrove, the private home of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Tuesday, 1 September 2015.
 

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Reader event: Garden tour at Highgrove

We are delighted to offer readers of Gardens Illustrated a second oppertunity to attend a special tour of the glorious gardens at Highgrove, the private home of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Tuesday, 1 September 2015.
 

 

 

Creating Michaelmas traditions

We've picked out some of the many traditions associated with Michaelmas Day, which falls on 29 September and marks the fourth quarter of the year; a bountiful time in the vegetable garden pertinent for feasting and fun.  

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Michaelmas traditions

We've picked out some of the many traditions associated with Michaelmas Day, which falls on 29 September and marks the fourth quarter of the year; a bountiful time in the vegetable garden pertinent for feasting and fun.  

 

Michaelmas Day, on 29 September, marks the fourth quarter of the year, a bountiful time in the vegetable garden, pertinent for feasting. At one time, it was the day on which rents were settled and mayors elected, and for centuries, it was a feast day for almost everyone in the country. Here we've focused on customs that capture the imagination and recreate the tradition and romance of the Michaelmas feast. 

 

Mint ice-cream

A simple, seasonal ice-cream perfect for keeping the kids entertained during the summer holidays. 

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Mint ice-cream recipe

A simple, seasonal ice-cream perfect for keeping the kids entertained during the summer holidays. 

Mint ice-cream; a refreshingly cool solution to hot summer afternoons. This recipe, taken from 'Gardener Cook', is a simple one; which makes it a great project to do whilst the children are off school. You could even get the kids invlolved by sending them out into the garden to pick the abundance of summer mint. Have a look at our top tips to find out how to make this recipe even more delicious. 

 

Mint Ice-cream
Serves 12

 

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