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IGPOTY winner Marianne Majerus

Four of Gardens Illustrated's regular photographers have been recognised in the third International Garden Photographer of the Year awards.

Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' by Rachel Warne
Gardens

April makes it own rules and dictates play for the rest of the year. Some years it can be so warm you can put your shorts on and plant out tomatoes before the month is out. Other years it's mainly wet and grey. Whatever the state of play there is plenty to be pricked out, potted up and moved around.

String line

What a wonderful weekend’s weather – there is finally a sense that we gardeners can get on with things. Inevitably all those spring jobs suddenly need doing all at once…

Blog by deputy editor, Sorrel Everton

Nettles
Gardens

Don't miss the opportunity to harvest tender young nettles in spring to make this lovely, nutrient-rich soup. It's easy to make, delicious, and a great way to mark the start of the growing year.

Allt-y-Bela, Monmouthshire

Last week I joined readers at designer Arne Maynard's private garden Allt-y-Bela in Monmouthshire for Gardens Illustrated's two day course on 'Creating a Sense of Place'.
Blog by editor Juliet Roberts

Château de Brécy, Normandy

Visit the gardens of northern France on this exclusive Gardens Illustrated tour.
10-13 September 2010.

Colour plate from 'Beautiful Flowers and How to Grown Them' by Horace J. Wright,

I don’t get up to London that much these days so when I do I try to make the most of my time in the big city…

Blog by deputy editor, Sorrel Everton

Meconopsis cambrica double orange-red
Plants

Bob Brown, one of Britain's most talented nurserymen, chooses nine irresistible plants from surprising novelties to rising stars - Meconopsis cambrica double orange-red is just one of them. To find out more, look at the April 2010 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

Competition: Win a course on creating a forest garden

Win a two-day course on creating a forest garden

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Plants

To mark the launch of our new-look website and to celebrate the 10th birthday of online plant nursery Crocus, we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales from crocus.co.uk.

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