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Hedgehog day

21 November is Hedgehog Day. Rapidly in decline, this small spiny mammal needs your support to survive. Here are five simple ways in which you can help. 

Plant quiz
Plants

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Dixter teasel c Diana Blackwell
Plants

GALLERY: In October we held a reader day at the iconic gardens of Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram who gave a workshop on taking great garden photography. Here's a gallery of images taken by readers who spent the day with Jason. Congratulations to Diana Blackwell whose image was chosen as the day's winner and Elisabeth Demenge, Jim Dawton and Sandra Roberts who were runners up.

Best Christmas gifts for gardeners

No matter if the gardener in your life is passionate about wildlife, fanatical about veg growing or simply loves cut flowers, Gardens Illustrated has found the best Christmas gifts for gardeners. 

Firewood c Andrew Montgomery

As winter approaches, it's time to start thinking about re-stocking your firewood supplies. Here we choose the best types of firewood, give advice on stacking logs and offer top tips for creating the perfect fire. 

Trees and Shrubs for Winter
Plants

Winter is often thought as a dead time in the garden but there are still plenty of plants that offer colour and interest during the colder months. Here are 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest and where to buy them.

Rifle Paper Co 2016 calendar
Gardens

Competition - WIN a Rifle Paper Co calendar  COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Plant quiz
Plants

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Homemade alioli

As winter approaches, colour begins to drain away from the garden but that doesn't mean it also has to fade from your food. Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for creating a vivid green, homemade alioli. 

How to make an Advent calendar
Plants

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

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