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See Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the cinema

As the Royal Academy of Arts blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close, now comes the opportunity to visit the exhibition on screen at a cinema near you. On release from 12 April.

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Painting the Modern Garden

As the Royal Academy of Arts blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close, now comes the opportunity to visit the exhibition on screen at a cinema near you. On release from 12 April.

The sell-out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close on the 20th April. If you haven't managed to visit for yourself, you can view the exhibition at the cinema with this insightful look at the paintings on view and the inspiration behind them.

Released in UK cinemas from 12 April and internationally from 12 May, the film explores the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture.

Rhubarb jelly and custard

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing. Writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh gives her recipe for making a gorgeous jelly using the season's best and tastiest rhubarb.

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Rhubarb Jelly

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing. Writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh gives her recipe for making a gorgeous jelly using the season's best and tastiest rhubarb.

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing that is simple and delicious, especially in spring when the rhubarb is at its best. Both the jelly and the custard can be made from scratch; Baked rhubarb exudes a wonderful pink juice, which can be used to make the jelly and if you buy good quality, organic eggs the custard will have a glorious sunshine yellow hue which sits perfectly on top of the blush of the rhubarb.

Using colour in the garden

Garden designer Sarah Price looks beyond nature to the worlds of art and interior design for new ideas on using colour in the garden. 

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Using colour

Garden designer Sarah Price looks beyond nature to the worlds of art and interior design for new ideas on using colour in the garden. 

Colourist Pierre Bonnard’s paintings [some of which you can currently see for yourself at the Royal Academy’s Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition] are of simple domestic scenes; a view out of a window, a corner of a kitchen table or a woman in a bath. Each scene appears to be flooded in dazzling, iridescent colour, reminding us of the transformative power of light. In his painting, as in life, colour is changed by colours and light around them.

Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

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Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

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Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

Sow your free seeds

It's always a treat to find a beautiful packet of seeds attached to an issue of Gardens Illustrated. All seed packets are illustrated by Hannah McVicar and past issues have featured Daucus carota 'Dara' or Wild Carrot, Digitalis lutea and Nigella damascena 'Persian Rose'. 

Pots of style: Hellebores

Gardener Jacky Mills celebrates the start of spring by using seasonal planting in her container displays. 

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Container planting ideas

Gardener Jacky Mills celebrates the start of spring by using seasonal planting in her container displays. 

I was inspired to use grape vines after seeing some beautiful creations in the wine regions of southwest Germany. Rather than wait for our local Herefordshire vineyards to prune their vines, I used prunings from a wall-trained Vitis coignetiae instead. Interwoven with trailing ivy, these helped to soften a rather bulky terracotta pan, creating a nest effect.

Root vegetable purée

Jojo Tulloh cooks up the last of the winter harvest to make a warming root vegetable purée. 

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Root vegetable puree

Jojo Tulloh cooks up the last of the winter harvest to make a warming root vegetable purée. 

It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for root vegetables at the end of winter but if treated properly they can still delight. A purée is one good way to deal with them. You can use this basic recipe to make combinations of the following vegetables: Celeriac, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and swedes.

 

Any root vegetable purée (serves 4)

 

Buy your copy of The NGS Gardens to Visit 2016 now

The National Gardens Scheme's Gardens to Visit is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales. Use our reader discount to save 25% and start planning your outings now.

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NGS Gardens to Visit 2016

The National Gardens Scheme's Gardens to Visit is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales. Use our reader discount to save 25% and start planning your outings now.

Each year thousands of private gardens open to the public on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme - raising money for charity. Last year a record £2.6m was donated to the NGS's chosen nursing beneficiaries.

Discount on online garden courses

MyGardenSchool is the world's first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Gardens Illustrated readers can take advantage of two special offers on forthcoming 2016 courses.

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MyGardenSchool

MyGardenSchool is the world's first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Gardens Illustrated readers can take advantage of two special offers on forthcoming 2016 courses.

MyGardenSchool is the world’s first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Students can access world-class tutors and study whenever and wherever they like.

Tasty culinary ideas for herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

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The best uses for common herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

Top culinary ideas for herbs

 

A herb garden should be more than aromatic window dressing. It should be a key part of your everyday cooking. But how can you know which herbs you will find most useful before you have planted them? Here are some of my favourite uses for common herbs, so print this out, stick it on the fridge and wait for summer.

 

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