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Design ideas for building a tree house

From a varnished wood and brass eyrie to a chrysalis-like pod, James Alexander-Sinclair seeks out the weird and wonderful world of tree houses to find inspiration for an aerial retreat of your own - be it in your garden, or a holiday adventure.

How to force bulbs for winter displays

Forcing bulbs allows you to introduce a much-needed burst of colour to your home at a time when very little is happening in the garden. Here, Hannah Gardner explains how to force bulbs and suggests a colourful woodland plant combination. 

How to make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

Gardens Illustrated Festival Arne Maynard

Garden designer, Arne Maynard will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. Here you can find out more about his talk and the love he has for garden design. 

The December issue of Gardens Illustrated

Inside the December issue; beautiful new hellebores, nature inspired gift wrapping, how to force bulbs for winter displays and the best garden plants for winter. 

Gardens Illustrated festival Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, which is famous for its stunning display of roses. You can catch Troy speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

The best winter-flowering heathers

Winter-flowering heathers are inexpensive, evergreen plants that provide colour in the coldest months. They are perfect for containers and mix well with a host of other garden plants. Here are some of the best winter-flowering heathers to grow in your garden. 

5 tips for planting hedges

Hedges can be one of the most versatile design tools in your garden. Here are five tips for planting hedges with ideas on how to make the most of them in your garden design. Photographs by Sietske De Vries. 

Making heritage rakes

Operating out of an ancient workshop in the Cumbrian village of Dufton, Rudd's Rakes, now run by the fourth generation of the Rudd family, is the last commercial wooden rake maker in Britain. 

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