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Christmas crossword 2016

Make sure you get hold of our December issue and have a go at completing our bumper Christmas puzzle. Answer all the clues, decipher the code word and you could win a magnum of Taittinger Brut Réserve NV.

Plants with Halloween inspired names

'Pointed Finger', 'Spider's Web'...The Gardens Illustrated team has come up with a selection of plants with creepy cultivar names to get into the spirit of Halloween. Photography by Torie Chugg, Rachel Warne, Maayke de Ridder and Jason Ingram. 

Wild About Gardens Week 2016

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Bat Conservation Trust and The Wildlife Trusts have joined up for this years Wild About Gardens Week, 24-30 October 2016, to encourage gardeners to help the survival of our native bats. 

Nine of the best log baskets

Choose one of these nine log baskets and have stylish storage to help you travel from the wood pile to the fireplace. 

Winter squash recipes for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, look beyond the large, bright-orange, carving pumpkins and find green, white or yellow winter squash. Each with a unique flavour, these seasonal fruits are delicious to eat and wonderfully autumnal. Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh shares three of her favourite recipes.  

Why you should celebrate apple day this year

Apple day is an event dedicated to celebrating Britain's apple cultivars and orchards. The tradition, started by the charity Common Ground over 30 years ago, is still growing and it's easy for you to get involved. 

Garlic to grow

Allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh explains why growing your own garlic is so rewarding and suggests some of the best garlics to plant now, plus find out how you can save 15% on buying garlic bulbs with our reader offer. 

Get kitted out for supporting wildlife

Get kitted out for supporting wildlife in preparation for the cold weather ahead.

How to cultivate nerines c.Sietske de Vries

Nerines and amarines flower when most other flowers have faded, so how do you go about cultivating them for yourself? 

Book of the month: Landscape and Englishness

A timely reissue of Landscape and Englishness by David Matless is our book of the month. 

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