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Things to do during Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Here's this year's selection of horticulturally themed activities to enjoy during Chelsea Flower Show week - even if you don't have tickets to the show itself. 

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Chelsea in Bloom

Here's this year's selection of horticulturally themed activities to enjoy during Chelsea Flower Show week - even if you don't have tickets to the show itself. 

Inspired by the horticultural bonanza that is the Chelsea Flower Show? Here's some other garden related activities taking place in London during flower show week.

 

Chelsea Fringe 
18 May- 9 June 2013

Special subscription offer at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

If you're going to the Chelsea Flower Show, visit the Gardens Illustrated stand and sign up to our special subscription offer. Save 40% on the shop price* and choose from either Piet Oudolf's latest book or a Haws copper watering can as your free gift.

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Subscription gift - Haws copper watering can

If you're going to the Chelsea Flower Show, visit the Gardens Illustrated stand and sign up to our special subscription offer. Save 40% on the shop price* and choose from either Piet Oudolf's latest book or a Haws copper watering can as your free gift.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May). You'll save 40% on the shop price* and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your subscription package. Choose from either:

 

Nurseryman's favourites – May

With summer finally in our sights, head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests the gorgeous poppy Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' for adding depth of colour. Plus other favourite plants choices for May.

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Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' c. Sharon Pearson

With summer finally in our sights, head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests the gorgeous poppy Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' for adding depth of colour. Plus other favourite plants choices for May.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'

Pots for pollinators

This year make sure your planting gives something to pollinating insects. Here, gardener Julia Wylie, who specialises in naturalistic planting schemes, designs a Tuscan-inspired flower feast for a container.

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Tuscan holiday inspired planting c. Andrew Montgomery

This year make sure your planting gives something to pollinating insects. Here, gardener Julia Wylie, who specialises in naturalistic planting schemes, designs a Tuscan-inspired flower feast for a container.

Tuscan holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive artist's print – just a few remaining

Don't miss your chance to buy an exclusive GARDENS ILLUSTRATED print of one of Natasha Clutterbuck's charcoal artworks of root veg.

 

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Golden Beetroot and Purple Carrot by Natasha Clutterbuck

Don't miss your chance to buy an exclusive GARDENS ILLUSTRATED print of one of Natasha Clutterbuck's charcoal artworks of root veg.

 

 

Nurseryman's favourites – April

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the April garden with spring finally holding sway. Here we highlight the showy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'.

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Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' c.Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the April garden with spring finally holding sway. Here we highlight the showy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'.

Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'

The brightest and best wallflowers

Busy, long-lasting and often sweetly scented, the erysimum can brighten your garden, bridging the months from spring through to summer. Read about the legend behind their name and expert Val Bourne's pick of the best to grow

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Erysimum 'Ruston Royal' c. Sharon Pearson

Busy, long-lasting and often sweetly scented, the erysimum can brighten your garden, bridging the months from spring through to summer. Read about the legend behind their name and expert Val Bourne's pick of the best to grow

The best wallflowers to grow for spring display

Buy your copy of The Yellow Book 2013 for less

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.

 

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The Yellow Book 2013

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.

 

 

Book review – The Speedy Vegetable Garden

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

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The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

The Speedy Vegetable Garden
by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz
Timber Press, £14.99

ISBN 978-1604693263

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 have just been announced. Take a look at the winning picture, view a slideshow and find out more about the exhibition.

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Penstemon Sunrise c. Dennis Frates

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 have just been announced. Take a look at the winning picture, view a slideshow and find out more about the exhibition.

The winners have been announced for 2013's International Garden Photographer of the Year. This is the sixth international competition with this year's top prize going to American photographer Dennis Frates.