Stephanie Donaldson, Country Living's gardening editor. c.Paul Debois

Browse our gallery of images by photographer Paul Debois from his series 'Land Girls' (highly commended in the 2012 International Garden Photographer of the Year portfolio category). Loosely inspired by a WWII Land Girls poster, Paul chose his modern-day girls from those actively involved in writing, blogging, broadcasting or campaigning on gardening and grow-your-own, photographing them in their own gardens to give a glimpse of how they practise what they preach. Of Paul's 30 portraits we've selected just ten ladies - all of whom have a connection with Gardens Illustrated. Paul sells prints of his photography work - including some botanical imagery at

Ideas for small gardens

Designing and planting up small gardens is the focus of the August issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. Here we gather together designers' thoughts on how to create an inspiring outdoor space even in the smallest of gardens.


Kaye Stout's Inchbald winning design for a roof garden

We are delighted to announce the winners of competition with the Inchbald School of Design, ran at the beginning of the year, offering a scholarship on one of the college's online garden design courses

Centaurea 'Jordy'

With the winners announced and medals awarded, here's your chance to get hold of some of the must-have plants starring in show gardens at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount.

The Pothole Gardener is taking part in the Chelsea Fringe c. Kate McAuley

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

Tree arrival at Arne Maynard's Chelsea 2012 show garden for Laurent-Perrier

Designers and garden contractors have been on site for weeks, but now there's only a few days left until the RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins. Take a glimpse at how designer Arne Maynard is progressing with his garden for Laurent-Perrier.

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

Gardens Illustrated annual lecture 2011

Gardens Illustrated’s annual lecture takes place during Chelsea Flower Show week. This year designers Andy Sturgeon, Dan Pearson and Cleve West discussed the current trends in planting and design. Now you can listen to the event as a podcast.

Jinny Blom's pots c. Andrew Montgomery

Designer Jinny Blom created a series of easy-to-achieve planting schemes for containers, so that you can freshen up your garden with instant displays of vibrant plants. Here's her idea for a simple yet effective tabletop collection of pots.

Jekka McVicar's design for a herb border

Jekka McVicar, one of Britain’s leading herb growers, creates a compact scheme that’s both beautiful and full of flavour – so all you have to do is the planting and the picking

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