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Chasmanthium latifolium c. Rachel Warne
Plants

Fill your garden with colour and scent as autumn turns to winter. John Hoyland picks the grass Chasmanthium latifolium as just one possible plant highlight.

Levens Hall c. Rachel Warne

From classic to modern – what is it about a garden that makes it iconic? Is heritage key - or does it have to be ground-breaking? Are gardens created with iconic status in mind or is it something that is aquired over time? Join our reader day debate to consider some new icon garden candidates. BOOK NOW

Chiff Chaffs c.John Glover/Alamy
Gardens

Join our exclusive Gardens Illustrated tour to some of Dorset's finest gardens 

The First Scene, c. Leszek Paradowski

The deadline for entry into this year's competition is 30 November.

Is Bury Court set to become an iconic garden?

Top speakers champion their favourite new gardens in a lively debate that looks at our future garden heritage

Gardens Illustrated annual lecture 2011
Design

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.

Roger Platt's garden for M&G Investments Chelsea 2010
Gardens

The Society of Garden Designer holds its Autumn Conference on 12 November to discuss what exactly it is that we want from a garden in the hectic world of the 21st Century. Non members are welcome to join the discussion along with speakers Dan Pearson, Jane Owen, Wendy Titman and Bernard Trainor.

Bagh-e-Fin garden: Jane Sebire

Join designer John Brookes on a tour of the gardens of Persia (Iran) to explore the history and culture behind these 'visions of paradise'.
 

Parahebe 'Snow Clouds'
Plants

There are still plants in the garden flowering their hearts out as autumn arrives. John Hoyland extols the virtues of Parahebe 'Snow Clouds', plus gives ideas of places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

Bulb display

Get ready for the Big Bulb Plant on 1 October, when we're encouraged to join community planting activities aimed at brightening up our shared surroundings. If you're in London that day there's FREE bulbs to be had at a special bulb event at Westfield shopping centre.

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