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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

 

Three classic plum and almond tarts

The last few weeks of summer bring with it an abundance of fruit. This month, Jojo Tulloh looks at how you can use your new harvest of plums to create three slightly different, but all delicious, tarts. 

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Plum and almond tart

The last few weeks of summer bring with it an abundance of fruit. This month, Jojo Tulloh looks at how you can use your new harvest of plums to create three slightly different, but all delicious, tarts. 

Three classic plum and almond tarts

 

'I should sugar and preserve like fruit', wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem Last Words. It's a good motto for this time of year when both hedgerow and garden plot are equally full to bursting with fruits that need to be transformed into something longer lasting. Try these three classic plum and almond tart recipes if you have lots of plums or pluots (juicy apricot/plum hybrid).

9 garden chairs

We've picked nine garden chairs, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. 

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Garden chairs

We've picked nine garden chairs, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. 

Find a style that will complement your garden design. 

 

MOULDED POLYPROPLENE

Vitra Eames DAR armchair,
£304, John Lewis,
03456 049 049, johnlewis.com

 

 

 

10 recommended reads for summer 2015

Summer is the perfect time to simply sit and enjoy a good a book. We've reviewed some great gardening titles over the last few months, here are just a few of our favourites. 

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Recommended reads

Summer is the perfect time to simply sit and enjoy a good a book. We've reviewed some great gardening titles over the last few months, here are just a few of our favourites. 

RHS GROW FOR FLAVOUR

By James Wong

'The world of an ethnobotanist; where scientific research lies at the heart of innovative garden advice.'

Review by Jodie Jones, Mitchell Beazley, RRP £20, offer price £17*, ISBN 978-1845339364

 

 

 

 

Jojo Tulloh makes redcurrant jelly

For our July issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED, Jojo Tulloh follows a traditional recipe by cookery writer Eliza Acton (1799- 1859) from her book, Modern Cookery for Private Families and makes redcurrant jelly.    

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Redcurrant jelly

For our July issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED, Jojo Tulloh follows a traditional recipe by cookery writer Eliza Acton (1799- 1859) from her book, Modern Cookery for Private Families and makes redcurrant jelly.    

 Redcurrant jelly

 

The currant is a real asset in any kitchen garden. They are heavy croppers, require low maintenance and the berries can be expensive to buy in any quantity. Most importantly, the flavour of jellies, tarts, jams, cordials and puddings made with currants is superb. 

9 Fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

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9 fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

Attractive designs that will add character to your garden as well as protecting your fruit and vegetables. 

 

 

 

 

SEASONED OAK

Oak fruit cage, from £8,000-£9,000,

Sellick & Saxton,
sellickandsaxton.com

 

 

 

 

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