Tools & Equipment

9 stylish and practical bird feeders

9 December 2013 - 1:08pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
The Short List - Birdfeeders

Keep feathered friends happy in winter with these pretty but practical feeders









Marjolein Bastin hanging feeder
£19.95, CJ Wildlife
0800 731 2820,




Special reader offer for Angela Harding tea towels

20 November 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Angela Harding tea towels

Artist Angela Harding now sells tea towels featuring her gorgeous illustrations. Gardens Illustrated readers can take advantage of this special offer and save £3.50 on buying two.



Printmaker and painter Angela Harding – whose images can be seen illustrating our columnist Frank Ronan’s musings each month – has added tea towels to her range, printed with two of her characteristic designs.

Great Dixter Christmas Fair: 23-24 November

19 November 2013 - 1:15pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Great Dixter Christmas Fair

Get into the Christmas spirit at Great Dixter's gorgeous Christmas Fair. You'll find local stallholders selling artisan gifts, food stands and roaring fires in the Great Hall and Yeoman’s Hall. 

Nurseryman’s favourites – December

19 November 2013 - 10:10am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chimonanthus praecox c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, chooses the deliciously scented Chiomonanthus praecox plus a selection of eight other plants to bring interest to the garden even in the depths of winter. 

Chimonanthus praecox

FINAL BOOKING Reader Day Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor: 15 November 2013

29 October 2013 - 1:41pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Water Towers c. Mark Pickthall

Don't miss this opportunity to join celebrated artist Bruce Munro for a talk about his work followed by a walk through the gardens at Waddesdon Manor to view his latest light installations. 


9 nifty tools for cutting your hedges

18 October 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hedge trimming c. Tim Sandall

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine different tools - all cordless - for trimming hedges

Get your hedges cut - without tripping over cables. Choose from a selection of hedge trimmers that consider all your cutting options  






Great Dixter events

24 September 2013 - 12:53pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Great Dixter Plant Fair

Here's a round-up of interesting Great Dixter dates over the next couple of weeks worth noting for your diary - the perfect excuse you need to visit the gardens in their early autumn splendour

Here's a quick round-up of events taking place at Great Dixter over the next couple of weeks. Please note: This year the Dachshund Fun Show does NOT coincide with the Great Dixter Plant Fair.


Nurseryman's favourites – October

23 September 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.



Reader day at Great Dixter – Bulb Planting, 21 October 2013

19 September 2013 - 1:37pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Bulbs at Great Dixter

SELLING FAST - ONLY A FEW TICKETS REMAINING  Spend a day with Great Dixter’s head gardener, Fergus Garrett, gathering ideas and advice on bulb planting and combinations to ensure spring starts with a burst of colour.




Kington Walking Festival visits Hergest Croft

4 September 2013 - 9:27am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hergest Croft early autumn

Kington Walking Festival celebrates the Herefordshire countryside with a selection of interesting and informative walks led by knowledgeable guides. One of the walks available as part of the festival takes you to the gardens of Hergest Croft and its collection of more than 5,000 rare shrubs and trees.