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Know your trees: parks and grand gardens

Our series on identifying trees concludes with a look at some of the largest and most stately trees to grace our parks and country estates. 

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Know your trees: parks and grand gardens

Our series on identifying trees concludes with a look at some of the largest and most stately trees to grace our parks and country estates. 

Big trees dominate much of the British countryside in parks and country estates, but can you identify them? In the last part of our identifying trees series, Lia Leendertz identifies the key characteristics of some of Britain's most stately trees. Here are three types; sweet chestnut, walnut and London plane taken from Lia's selection in the February issue of Gardens Illustrated

Six of the best garden podcasts

Whether you want to learn how to keep your houseplants alive, discover more about the National Trust’s gardens or just enjoy some lively conversation while you’re at work in the potting shed, there’s a podcast for you. We recommend six of the best.

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Six of the best garden podcasts

Whether you want to learn how to keep your houseplants alive, discover more about the National Trust’s gardens or just enjoy some lively conversation while you’re at work in the potting shed, there’s a podcast for you. We recommend six of the best.

A round-up of six of the best gardening podcasts.

 

Cultivating Place

Average length 50 minutes
How often is it released Weekly
Link cultivatingplace.com

How gardens can bring beauty and dignity to refugees

Far from being temporary, refugee camps can provide accommodation for displaced people for many years. Gardens bring stability, beauty and dignity. In the February issue of Gardens Illustrated, writer Caroline Beck looks into the work of the Lemon Tree Trust, a project supporting those living in Domiz, a refugee camp in the plains of Kurdistan, Iraq. Here is a little information about the project. 

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The Lemon Tree Trust

Far from being temporary, refugee camps can provide accommodation for displaced people for many years. Gardens bring stability, beauty and dignity. In the February issue of Gardens Illustrated, writer Caroline Beck looks into the work of the Lemon Tree Trust, a project supporting those living in Domiz, a refugee camp in the plains of Kurdistan, Iraq. Here is a little information about the project. 

Why plant lovers should visit: Scotland

It may feel counterintuitive to head north for an early spring, but Hannah Gardner is visiting Scotland in search of snowdrops and uncommon trees. 

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Why plant lovers should visit: Scotland

It may feel counterintuitive to head north for an early spring, but Hannah Gardner is visiting Scotland in search of snowdrops and uncommon trees. 

Dumfries and Galloway lies in the tranquil southwest corner of Scotland. Often overlooked in the rush to the Highlands and Islands, this lush, low-lying region has diverse natural beauty, a rich romantic history, traces of the poet Robert Burns and a mild microclimate, warmed by the Gulf Stream.

Book of the month - Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs

Gardens Illustrated book of the month for February is Dreamscapes by photographer Claire Takacs. Read our review here. 

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Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs

Gardens Illustrated book of the month for February is Dreamscapes by photographer Claire Takacs. Read our review here. 

Dreamscapes: Inspiration and beauty in gardens near and far
by Claire Takacs

Hardie Grant Books, £35
ISBN 978-1743793527

An eclectic selection of gardens from Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia, seen through the eyes of an award-winning photographer.

Tips for planting in a dry climate

In western Spain, a mix of drought-tolerant plants and careful design has allowed this garden to flourish, despite its extreme weather. Here, you'll find tips for designing in a dry climate.

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Tips for planting in a dry climate

In western Spain, a mix of drought-tolerant plants and careful design has allowed this garden to flourish, despite its extreme weather. Here, you'll find tips for designing in a dry climate.

Extremadura in western Spain is a region of dramatic landscapes with a harsh climate: hot and dry in the summer, but cold in winter. In spring, however, it comes alive with the lush, fresh foliage of cistus and lavender bushes and a rich array of wildflowers found growing along roadsides.

Kew's Temperate House prepares to reopen

Four members of the restoration team working on The Temperate House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew choose a plant that sums up what the project means to Kew – and the wider botanical world. 

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The Temperate House Kew c. Andrew Montgomery

Four members of the restoration team working on The Temperate House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew choose a plant that sums up what the project means to Kew – and the wider botanical world. 

As the restoration project for the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew draws to a five-year conclusion, the horticultural team are preparing to rehouse their botanical treasures in readiness for the reopening of this impressive Victorian glasshouse in May. We asked four members of the team to choose the plant that sums up what the restoration means to Kew – and the wider botanical world.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WOODII
Chosen by: David Cooke
Glasshouse Manager

How to identify trees: Berrying and hedgerow trees

In the third of a four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz explains how you can spot berrying and hedgerow trees by learning the blossoms, fruits and nuts in British hedgerows. Here you will discover rowan, crab apple and hawthorn. 

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How to identify berrying trees

In the third of a four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz explains how you can spot berrying and hedgerow trees by learning the blossoms, fruits and nuts in British hedgerows. Here you will discover rowan, crab apple and hawthorn. 

The trees growing in British hedgerows are often the most common. If you grew up in the countryside, you will no doubt be familiar with the old wives tales associated to the hawthorn bush and the joy of moulding hazel twigs into trusty, but harmless, weapons. Here, Lia Leendertz explains how you can identify the much-loved rowan, hawthorn and crab apple trees throughout the seasons and lists key features of each.

 

Sorbus aucuparia rowan

 

Martha Stewart's top tips for a successful garden

In the January issue of Gardens Illustrated we visit writer, TV personality and garden enthusiast Martha Stewart's private garden. Here she gives her top tips for creating a successful garden and recommends some of the best gardens to visit in the USA. 

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Martha Stewart private garden

In the January issue of Gardens Illustrated we visit writer, TV personality and garden enthusiast Martha Stewart's private garden. Here she gives her top tips for creating a successful garden and recommends some of the best gardens to visit in the USA. 

In the gardens of her New York State farm, Martha Stewart has created a series of spaces that reflect her passion for learning and experimentation. Here she offers her gardening tips for creating a successful garden and recommends gardens to the visit in US.

Why plant lovers should visit La Gomera

In the first of a new series on travelling the world in search of planting inspiration, horticulturist and adventurer Hannah Gardner explores the volcanic hills of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

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Visit La Gomera

In the first of a new series on travelling the world in search of planting inspiration, horticulturist and adventurer Hannah Gardner explores the volcanic hills of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

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