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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.

Apple Day c. Sarah Cuttle
Gardens

Now is the time to celebrate English apples. The season’s crop is in full swing so you’ve every reason to buy British – and more importantly now is your chance to try some of the less well-known cultivars, but no less tasty, growing in orchards around the country – many unique to their location.

Andrew Chatto
Plants

Andrew Chatto, the late husband of influential gardener Beth Chatto, made extensive notes during his botanising travels around the world. Andrew's knowledge and the detailed notes he made informed much of Beth's own approach to 'right plant, right place'. Now those papers have been made available online as a fantastically rich resource for all plant enthusiasts.

Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop' c. Rachel Warne
Plants

John Hoyland enjoys the last splashes of summer colour with the cheery Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop'

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