Gift, Leisure & Entertainment

9 of the best fire pits

Enjoy autumn evenings with one of these stylish fire pits. 

A
a
-
Firepits (Arpe Studio)

Enjoy autumn evenings with one of these stylish fire pits. 

Fire pits are the new 'must-have' in any garden; you can have a bonfire without burning the grass, keep kids entertained with roasting marshmallows or just enjoy wrapping up in a blanket and socialising with friends. Here are nine designs for you to choose from. 

 

HAND-FINISHED STEEL

National Honey Week 2015

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

A
a
-
Honey Week

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

Our relationship with honey is long-lived and as a result, a deep respect for the honey bee has developed. Honey is used in many different ways, from baking to beauty and is believed to have many healing properties because of its anti-bacterial qualities.

Pots of style: Ferns

Brighten up autumn's darker days with a container display planted to highlight the season's most interesting plants - here we use ferns for some late season freshness. 

A
a
-
Planting ferns

Brighten up autumn's darker days with a container display planted to highlight the season's most interesting plants - here we use ferns for some late season freshness. 

Indoor ferns always add a slightly exotic feel to conservatory displays. I love their graceful elegance, and frequently use them for displays in the house and – before frosts bite – sheltered parts of the garden. This arrangement features a collection of ferns presented in a vintage wooden dough bowl found at a plant fair.

How to make the most of shady corners

Shade is sometimes seen as a problem but it is the natural habitat for a host of beautiful woodland flowers, ferns and mosses that can create a wonderfully magical atmosphere. Designer Sarah Price shows you how to make the most of shady corners. 

A
a
-
shady corners

Shade is sometimes seen as a problem but it is the natural habitat for a host of beautiful woodland flowers, ferns and mosses that can create a wonderfully magical atmosphere. Designer Sarah Price shows you how to make the most of shady corners. 

8 design ideas for shady places

 

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. 

A
a
-
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.

A
a
-
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. 

A
a
-
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. 

A
a
-
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.

A
a
-

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

A
a
-
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.

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here