Tools & Equipment

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Val Bourne

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer. We spend five minutes with Val to discuss her love of gardening and her upcoming talk, 'Green and Gorgeous' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Val Bourne c. Lynn Keddie

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer. We spend five minutes with Val to discuss her love of gardening and her upcoming talk, 'Green and Gorgeous' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer and she gardens on a wind-swept Cotswold hill - high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and other publications, as well as being the gardening correspondent for The Oxford Times. Val also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley.

Piet Oudolf's plant list

In the garden of Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands, designer Piet Oudolf has added a glorious selection of bright annuals to his trademark perennial plantings. Find his inspirational planting list here

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Voorlinden c. Walter Herfst

In the garden of Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands, designer Piet Oudolf has added a glorious selection of bright annuals to his trademark perennial plantings. Find his inspirational planting list here

Piet Oudolf's latest project is a garden surrounding a new gallery of contemporary art near Amsterdam. The 2,000 square metre garden at Museum Voorlinden needed to encompass the gallery's contemporary building and connect it to the surrounding countryside.  

Jinny Blom's desert island books

The favourite gardening titles of designer Jinny Blom celebrate encyclopaedic knowledge, the poetry of the seasons and the participatory nature of therapeutic design.  

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Jinny Blom's desert island books

The favourite gardening titles of designer Jinny Blom celebrate encyclopaedic knowledge, the poetry of the seasons and the participatory nature of therapeutic design.  

I’ve always bought books and have been an avid reader since I first learned how. The pleasure of taking a journey through an author’s unfolding words is a sublime experience. Reading, rather like drawing or making music, is a submersive experience and the absorption of information occurs on many levels simultaneously.

How to prepare the garden ready for winter

Now is the time to sort out the garden and protect it from harsh winter weather. The preparation you do now will put you in good stead for when spring arrives. Here are a few tips to help you prepare the garden for winter. 

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How to prepare the garden ready for winter

Now is the time to sort out the garden and protect it from harsh winter weather. The preparation you do now will put you in good stead for when spring arrives. Here are a few tips to help you prepare the garden for winter. 

There isn't a lot happening in the garden during the winter months but it is a great opportunity to have a tidy-up and a clean, and to prepare for the gardening season ahead. Here's a few useful tasks for you to do in the garden before the cold weather descends, with recommendations for handy equipment.

9 of the best splitting axes

Nine rugged designs to make chopping logs easy work. 

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Nine of the best splitting axes

Nine rugged designs to make chopping logs easy work. 

It's time to prepare your firewood for winter. We pick our favourite axes that will make splitting logs a joy.

HICKORY HANDLE
SA Wetterlings Splitting Axe, 2.2kg,
£84.95, The Bushcraft Store,
thebushcraftstore.co.uk

 

 

Things to think about before buying a scythe

More gardeners are choosing to cut grass by scythe but before investing in this traditional tool, here are a few things to think about from scything expert, Simon Damant. 

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Getting started in scything (c Andrew Montgomery)

More gardeners are choosing to cut grass by scythe but before investing in this traditional tool, here are a few things to think about from scything expert, Simon Damant. 

Rural skills: oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

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Oak swill baskets

The skill of hand-crafting traditional Cumbrian oak swill baskets is alive and well with artisan Owen Jones. 

Owen Jones is one of the very few remaining makers of the traditional Cumbrian oak swill basket. His entire life revolves around the baskets and, by extension, the woods from which he coppices his raw materials. Anything he cuts, he uses, so as well as the swills, he makes shopping baskets, birch besoms, oak gates, hazel hurdles, charcoal and clothes props.

Recommendations for salvias

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

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Recommendations for salvias. Photo c. Maayke de Ridder

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

Twenty-five years ago Bob Foltz was a renowned dancer and choreographer and Andries Bierling had a successful career in public relations. Today the couple are the owners of one of the most important plant nurseries in the Netherlands and the holders of the Dutch collections of Salvia and Echinacea. Here they share their favourite salvias. 

 

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.

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