Correction to crossword

5 March 2012 - 10:53am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
March crossword

We're sorry but we've just noticed a mistake in the March issue crossword. We hope this hasn't been too frustrating for you.

Unfortunately we missed off the clue to 27 DOWN for the March issue (183) crossword. Apologies to anyone who has been trying to complete it. Here is the clue:

27 Down: Sound of Lady Nancy's daisy-like flower (5)

Reader offer - Buy your asparagus crowns now

21 February 2012 - 2:17pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Asparagus 'Stewart's Purple'

Asparagus is easy to grow and tastes delicious freshly harvested from the garden. Here's your chance to buy grade-A crowns ready for planting now at a special offer price

Specialist nursery Pomona is offering two cultivars of one-year-old, ‘grade A’ asparagus crowns at a special price of £14.50 for 12 crowns, or £27 if you buy both cultivars (p&p included). These will establish quickly to give your first crop in just one year after planting.

Spring gardens to visit

21 February 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Pashley Manor Gardens in spring c.David Dixon

Here's a selection of gardens to visit that celebrate the season with fresh ideas and colourful combinations. Writer Val Bourne picks the best

Three themes to inspire your spring planting combinations and 9 gardens to visit that show you how its done.


Pastels work at this time of the year because the light is soft enough to flatter milky blues, whites and pinks. Bare earth frames low-growing woodlanders and these could include gentle wood anemones, bright-eyed primroses, smaller crocus and miniature blue bulbs among many others. These woodlanders nestle under an ambient canopy provided by deciduous trees and shrubs.

Bulb planting workshop

15 February 2012 - 11:55am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hyacinth indoor pot display

Spend the day at Sarah Raven's garden at Perch Hill Farm and join a workshop on getting creative with your indoor bulb displays - Saturday 24 March.








Mughal Gardens and Palaces - 29 November to 11 December 2012

27 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Palace Gardens Deeg

Our trip to India takes in some of the finest Mughal gardens and palaces of North India. The tour's host John Brookes has arranged a number of special events to make your visits especially memorable.

The palaces and gardens of North India were built by the 16th and 17th-century Mughal emperors to house their great courts.

As well as visiting some of the major sites and gardens, the journey also takes in many of the less visited yet stunning gardens and palaces in the region, thanks to the connections of your tour leader, the distinguished designer John Brookes. A number of events have also been planned for the party.

Nurseryman's favourites - February

27 January 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chaenomeles speciosa 'Yukigotan' c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Chaenomeles speciosa 'Yukigotan' as one of her February plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best

Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Yukigotan’

10% off Beth Chatto's 'must-have' plants

21 January 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Beth Chatto c. Rachel Warne

If you've been inspired by plantswoman Beth Chatto's list of 100 must-have plants featured in the February issue of the magazine, here's your chance to get hold of your pick at a 10% discount

We are delighted to feature Beth Chatto’s list of 100 must-have plants in the February 2012 issue of Gardens Illustrated (issue 182).

The nursery is offering readers a 10% discount on plant orders made from its mail order list. The offer covers not only the plants on Beth’s 100 must-have list, but any other plants you select.


Snowdrop Days 2012

21 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Colesbourne Park c. Torie Chugg

Don't miss these delightful harbingers of spring. Here's a selection of snowdrop events taking place all over the country in the weeks ahead.

Don’t miss visiting a snowdrop display this winter. Even after a mild winter, their delicate blooms always manage to lift the spirits.

Here’s a selection of gardens opening for special snowdrop days. There are plenty of others to choose from. Check your local press, or organisations such as the National Gardens Scheme or the National Trust also list events

Growing Daphne

20 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' c. Jonathan Buckley

Expert plantsman Roy Lancaster gives his tips on how to grow Daphnes to fill your garden with scent right through the winter and beyond

In the February 2012 issue of Gardens Illustrated (issue 182) Roy Lacaster gives his choice of favourite daphnes to grow. Here we bring you his advise to success in growing these worthwhile shrubs.

Win a garden design scholarship with Inchbald

10 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Technical drawing as part of courses at Inchbald

Train to be a garden designer with one of the top design schools on an online course worth more than £5,500

Inchbald School of Design is offering an aspiring garden designer a free place on one of its online courses.