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5 pieces of gardening advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated

From planting tulips to building steps, here are five pieces of advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated.

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Five pieces of advice from the April issue

From planting tulips to building steps, here are five pieces of advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated.

April is a busy month in the garden and in our April issue there's plenty of information to absorb and to take note of. Here, we've rounded up five of the best pieces of advice to bear in the mind this April. 

 

Arundel Castle's head gardener Martin Duncan gives tips for growing tulips.

Book of the month: The Thoughtful Gardener

The Thoughtful Gardener by garden designer Jinny Blom is our book of the month.

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The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom

The Thoughtful Gardener by garden designer Jinny Blom is our book of the month.

The Thoughtful Gardener: An intelligent approach to garden design
by Jinny Blom

 

Jacqui Small, £35
ISBN 978-1910254592

A detailed and richly illustrated account of how one of the UK’s leading practitioners approaches the art of garden design.

Reviewer Annie Gatti is a garden writer and editor.

 

 

 

How to plant Morocco knapweed seeds from the March issue

On the cover of the March issue you'll find a packet of Morocco knapweed seeds. Here we explain how to plant them. Seed packet illustration by Hannah McVicar. 

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Morocco knapweed seeds from March issue

On the cover of the March issue you'll find a packet of Morocco knapweed seeds. Here we explain how to plant them. Seed packet illustration by Hannah McVicar. 

Morocco knapweed

(Valutaria muricata 'Desert Star')

Easy-to-grow, lilac, thistle-like flowers with soft, creamy centres that create an airy, informal display. Loved by bees, butterflies and overflies, they will flower all summer long. Often labelled incorrectly as Amberboa muricata.

 

 

 

Three great recipes for cabbages and cauliflower

Cabbages and cauliflowers are kings of winter vegetables, still proving their worth ahead of the rush of spring crops. Here are a few recipes that bring their delicious flavour to the fore. 

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Recipes for cabbages and cauliflower

Cabbages and cauliflowers are kings of winter vegetables, still proving their worth ahead of the rush of spring crops. Here are a few recipes that bring their delicious flavour to the fore. 

Both cauliflowers, with their creamy curds, and crisp Savoy cabbages, with their crinkled leaves, are undeniably beautiful. As edibles, the most common approach to cooking them (plainly boiled) is often the least rewarding. Cauliflower is delicious with a cheese sauce, but it is also very good broken into florets and roasted. In the recipes below, both vegetables take centre stage, either as a side dish or main event.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Ann-Marie Powell

Ann-Marie Powell is an award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author. Ahead of her talk, 'A Passion for Plants' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, we catch up with Ann-Marie and find out what she's looking forward to most at this year's event. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Ann Marie Powell

Ann-Marie Powell is an award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author. Ahead of her talk, 'A Passion for Plants' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, we catch up with Ann-Marie and find out what she's looking forward to most at this year's event. 

Ann-Marie Powell is an award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author, who divides her time between designing gardens for private clients, companies and charities, and enthusing people about gardening through her books, TV appearances and articles in national newspapers and magazines.

Elegant container displays for spring

Gardener Thomas Unterdorfer creates elegant container displays that combine the sights and scent of spring. 

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Elegant container displays for spring

Gardener Thomas Unterdorfer creates elegant container displays that combine the sights and scent of spring. 

Being greeted by a cloud of fragrance when you open the front door is a great start to the day. The perfume emanating from this arrangement will welcome me for weeks and the flowers will last equally long.

Book of the month - Bizarre Botany

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

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March book of the month

In the March issue, writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards delves into the world of Bizarre Botany - it's the Gardens Illustrated book of the month. 

Bizarre Botany
by Christina Harrison and Lauren Gardiner

 

Kew Publishing, £10
ISBN 978-1842466148

An intriguing A to Z of botanical enquiry, packed with astonishing facts from the world of plants – and far beyond.
Reviewer Ambra Edwards is a writer and garden historian. 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick and easy, fresh beetroot recipes

Beat the winter blues by adding a colourful and seasonal twist to salads with beetroot. 

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Beetroot recipes for 10 a day

Beat the winter blues by adding a colourful and seasonal twist to salads with beetroot. 

According to recent findings by scientists at Imperial College London, we should all be eating 10 portions of vegetables and fruit a day to lower our chances of developing heart disease, stroke, cancer and premature death. February can be a challenging month for leafy greens but if you want to increase your vegetable intake and like your salad bowl to reflect the changing of the seasons, consider adding beetroot for c

Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

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Thoughtful, flowery gifts for Valentine's Day

If you're looking to give your loved one flowers this Valentine's, take a look at this list of ideas beyond the average red rose. 

Places to visit for spectacular snowdrops

For glanthophiles, February is the month to venture out of the house to admire snowdrops. Here we've come up with a list of some of the best places to visit for stunning snowdrop displays. 

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Places to visit to find snowdrops photo: Nikola Beck/Gettyimages

For glanthophiles, February is the month to venture out of the house to admire snowdrops. Here we've come up with a list of some of the best places to visit for stunning snowdrop displays. 

Snowdrops are a sure sign that spring is on its way. The delicate dropping heads of these small white flowers are a charming sight on a winter's day and in February, gardens up and down the country open to celebrate their arrival with snowdrop- themed events. Here we've put together a list of some of the best places to see stunning snowdrop displays. 

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