Plants

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.

Garden events and shows 2018

If you can tear yourself away from your own garden, there are countless garden shows and festivals awaiting you this year. Here we list some of the best garden events and shows in 2018.

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Garden events and shows 2018

If you can tear yourself away from your own garden, there are countless garden shows and festivals awaiting you this year. Here we list some of the best garden events and shows in 2018.

Garden events and shows offer some of the best sources of plant and design inspiration, both in the UK and abroad. Now is a great time to start planning for the year ahead so grab your diary and a pen and jot down some of these recommended events and shows happening in 2018.

 

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WIN! all 14 of our books of the year

Enter our competition for your chance to win all 14 of our Gardens Illustrated books of the year, as seen in The Plant Issue 2017. 

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Win Gardens Illustrated Books of the Year 2017

Enter our competition for your chance to win all 14 of our Gardens Illustrated books of the year, as seen in The Plant Issue 2017. 

WIN! All 14 of our books of the year

 

 

Competition: 14 best books from 2017

We have one set of all 14 of our books of the year to give away. Test your gardening knowledge to win:

Ideas for decorating the table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

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Ideas for decorating the dinner table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

A delicious home-cooked dinner is the defining moment on Christmas Day and what better way to dress up the occasion than with a dinner table adorned with seasonal and festive decorations? Here we have two designs from gardener and floral designer Bea Andrews that are elegant and simple but will have your family suitably impressed. 

How to identify trees: Conifers

In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

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In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

Conifer forests cover large swathes of Scotland and are a common sight in most of our British woodlands. They are impressive-looking trees and they evoke a sense of mystery and fairytale when you walk amongst them. Here, Lia Leendertz takes a closer look at the Scots Pine, Yew and Larch. 

Pinus sylvestris - Scots pine

 

The best gardening books of 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

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The best gardening books 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

It's been an amazing year for new gardening titles. From coffee table tombs to pocket-sized guides, the books of 2017 have offered advice on caring for houseplants, making peace with garden weeds and common design dilemmas as well as offering an insight into inspiring garden and plants and the people who care for them. Here is a list of the best books from 2017.

 

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

How to buy the best Christmas tree

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

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Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

What is the perfect Christmas tree? In a sense, of course, all Christmas trees are perfect. But there’s no getting away from the fact that some clog up the vacuum cleaner more than others. So here is your essential guide to the various types of tree available, with some advice on the benefits of each, from scent to needle retention. We also provide a guide on how to get the best from your tree over the festive season – and beyond, if you have bought a potted or container-grown one.

 

5 inspiring winter garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

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5 inspiring garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

During the colder months, it's tempting to stay indoors and keep warm by the fire but winter gardens can be a great source of inspiration so it is well worth taking the time to visit. We've picked five winter garden walks that show off stunning garden structure and offer a great day out, whatever the weather. 

 

Isabel and Julian Bannerman share their ultimate horticultural library

After much discussion the award-winning design duo of Isabel and Julian Bannerman agree on their ultimate horticultural library.

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Ultimate horticultural library

After much discussion the award-winning design duo of Isabel and Julian Bannerman agree on their ultimate horticultural library.

Something close to a riot broke out when Julian and I tried to agree which of the books strewn over the table would go into this article. Five years ago when we moved to our current house, the removal men paled – they had never known such a houseful of books. Teachers and vicars liked books, they said, but we were something else.

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