Tools & Equipment

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-25 September 2016

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

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Bergamo's Piazza Vecchia ©Fabio Toschi

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What not to miss at GROW London 2016

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

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GROW London

Held on Hampstead Heath, GROW London runs from 24-26 June 2016. Here are a few exciting exhibits and events at this year's show. 

The contemporary garden fair GROW London is back for a third year on London's Hampstead Heath. Taking place over the weekend of 24-26 June, it brings together contemporary garden design and expert horticultural advice with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the best in garden furniture, rare plants, tools and accessories, as well as talks and workshops from leading names in the industry. We've picked out some of the highlights to give you an idea of what to expect at the show.

Gardens Illustrated Festival podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts, recorded at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in 2015.

 

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c. Hannah McVicar

Listen to our latest podcasts, recorded at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in 2015.

 

Readers are aware, hopefully, that back in January we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Gardens Illustrated Festival for 2016 due to concerns over the suitability of the site and it’s financial viability. 

We are working towards 2017’s event and looking for an alternative venue – hopefully still in the Cotswolds.

Festival podcasts
In the meantime you can find podcasts of a selection of talks from the 2015 festival held in Malmesbury. 

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. 

Garden tasks: March

Alys Fowler looks forward to the prospect of hard work as the garden comes alive in March.

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Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler looks forward to the prospect of hard work as the garden comes alive in March.

It has finally come. Spring has sprung, for some of us at least, but this means variable weather and strong winds may bring rain, sleet and hail. All the while, though, the sun is climbing and its rays are getting stronger. Once the temperature rises above 6°C, things start to grow and, thankfully, the garden is back in business.
 
Flowers
• Now is a good time to get on top of labelling. Check your labels for damage or fading before herbaceous material comes into growth.

Download our designer border plan: Ravishing beauty

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

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Jinny Blom's romantic border plan

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

"I am hopelessly unfashionable," says garden designer Jinny Blom. "So being asked to create an unashamedly romantic border was a delight."

http://content.bbcmagazinesbristol.com/gardensillustrated/pdf/ravishing%20beauty%20pdf%20to%20download.pdf
Download the pdf file.

9 of the best boot scrapers

Leave all mud at the door with our roundup of nine of the most stylish boot scrapers.

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9 of the best boot scrapers

Leave all mud at the door with our roundup of nine of the most stylish boot scrapers.

February can be a busy time in the garden prepping the soil and clearing dead material ready for spring planting. With all the wet and windy weather we've been having lately, you're bound to pick up a nice muddy leather of soil along your boots! We've chosen nine stylish boot scrapers that will help to leave all the mud at your door. 

 

January offers at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

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Gardens Illustrated shop

Get set for the gardening season ahead with our range of practical and stylish garden products. Order now to make the most of January savings.

The new growing season is just around the corner; make sure that you are set up and ready to go. Visit our Gardens Illustrated Shop and choose from our selection of practical, top quality gardening items.

Order now and make the most of our special offers for January with discounts on all our products including our excellent Sneeboer gardening tools - perfect for getting your soil ready for seed sowing and planting. Don't forget, subscribers get the best deals.

What you need in your potting shed

Get kitted out for the ultimate potting shed

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Kit out your potting shed

Get kitted out for the ultimate potting shed

A functional potting shed is a must-have for a keen gardener. Here are some essential items (and some treats) that will help you to own the ultimate potting shed. 

 

 

 

 

 

How to chop kindling and the best tools for the job

It's said that a fire will warm you twice - once when you chop the wood and once when you burn it. Here we show you how to chop kindling and how to split logs plus, we suggest the best tools for the job. 

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How to chop kindling and the best tools

It's said that a fire will warm you twice - once when you chop the wood and once when you burn it. Here we show you how to chop kindling and how to split logs plus, we suggest the best tools for the job. 

There are many components to think about when attempting to build the perfect fire. Often it comes down to the types of wood you use and the time you put in to prepare your log store for the fire-lighting season. The three main 'ingredients' to a fire are newspaper, kindling and logs. Here we show you how to chop kindling, how to split logs ready to use on the fire and suggest where to find the best tools for the job.

 

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