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67% of Brits prefer throwing a garden party to a night out

According to a recent survey, 67% of Brits prefer to throw a garden party than to go on a night out so we've put together a few ideas to inspire you to host some alfresco entertainment.

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Garden party ideas

According to a recent survey, 67% of Brits prefer to throw a garden party than to go on a night out so we've put together a few ideas to inspire you to host some alfresco entertainment.

In a recent survey by women's clothing retailer, Simply Be, 67 percent of Britons aged 25-34 would prefer to throw a barbecue or entertain in their outdoor space, rather than go on a night out. With the British weather being so unreliable, it seems the British public like to maximise their opportunity to make the most of the sun when it does decide to shine. So to help those of you who are hoping to host a summer event in your garden, here are a few bits and pieces to give you some inspiration. 

 

Dyffryn Fernant - the essence of sense of place

Plant and garden expert Noël Kingsbury visits Dyffryn Fernant, a garden set on the edge of Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills, and considers the essence of creating a true sense of place

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Dyffryn Fernant c. Claire Takacs

Plant and garden expert Noël Kingsbury visits Dyffryn Fernant, a garden set on the edge of Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills, and considers the essence of creating a true sense of place

Dyffryn Fernant

'Sense of place' is one of those often used but rather abused terms, often bandied around but rarely defined. For the garden at Dyffryn Fernant it is, however, central. Christina Shand, the garden's creator talks about it as a central concept, and it is, for a change, very clear what she means. Stand on the mount in what she calls the Magic Garden and you get a view over the whole and on over the surrounding landscape to the rocky hillock of Garn Fawr.

Four plant combinations from Europe's leading university garden

Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan is Europe's leading research and teaching garden with beautiful and exemplary planting displays. Here are four plant combinations from the garden.

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Plant combinations from a university garden

Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan is Europe's leading research and teaching garden with beautiful and exemplary planting displays. Here are four plant combinations from the garden.

These four plant combinations from Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan are suitable for any reasonable soil in full sun. They illustrate the kind of perennial plantings that are characteristic of contemporary German design. 

Recommendations for salvias

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

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Recommendations for salvias. Photo c. Maayke de Ridder

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

Twenty-five years ago Bob Foltz was a renowned dancer and choreographer and Andries Bierling had a successful career in public relations. Today the couple are the owners of one of the most important plant nurseries in the Netherlands and the holders of the Dutch collections of Salvia and Echinacea. Here they share their favourite salvias. 

 

Plant hardiness ratings explained

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use 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 use 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.

When we buy a plant, there’s always the temptation to make an impulse purchase. Yet the first question that should pop into a gardener’s head is ‘will it actually thrive in my garden?’

In a climate as varied as the British Isles, one of the main factors used to work this out is whether it can survive the winter outdoors unaided – what we call ‘hardiness’.

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-25 September 2016

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

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Bergamo's Piazza Vecchia ©Fabio Toschi

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Flowers Week 2016 - Florist Fiona Pickles

To celebrate British Flowers Week 2016, Gardens Illustrated will be posting a series of interviews with some of the amazing cut-flower growers and florists supporting the British-grown revolution. Here we talk to florist Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers. 

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British Flowers Week - Firenza flowers

To celebrate British Flowers Week 2016, Gardens Illustrated will be posting a series of interviews with some of the amazing cut-flower growers and florists supporting the British-grown revolution. Here we talk to florist Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers. 

Fiona Pickles - Firenza Flowers

What not to miss at GROW London 2016

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

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GROW London

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

The contemporary garden fair GROW London is back for a third year on London's Hampstead Heath. Taking place over the weekend of 24-26 June, it brings together contemporary garden design and expert horticultural advice with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the best in garden furniture, rare plants, tools and accessories, as well as talks and workshops from leading names in the industry. We've picked out some of the highlights to give you an idea of what to expect at the show.

Chelsea Fringe festival 2016

A round-up of this year's Chelsea Fringe events. 

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Chelsea Fringe 2016

A round-up of this year's Chelsea Fringe events. 

If you haven't got tickets to this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, make the most of Chelsea Fringe festival instead and take part in some of the horticultural events taking place throughout the UK and Europe. The festival runs from 21 May - 12 June and includes workshops, exhibitions, community projects and gardening talks. Here's a tiny taster of what's on offer. 

 

Garden kneelers

We've picked out nine of the best garden kneelers that offer both style and comfort. 

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The best garden kneelers

We've picked out nine of the best garden kneelers that offer both style and comfort. 

Spring is in full swing and it's the perfect time to get out into the garden. Make sure to cushion your knees while planting and weeding with one of these comfy designs. 

 

EARTHY TONES
Waxed cotton and suede kneeler,
£35, Gardens Illustrated Shop,
shop.gardensillustrated.com

 

 

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