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Well we made it, it’s been a struggle at times trying to get our heads around the new technology of just what a digital magazine is or should be. This technology is evolving and changing so fast, with so many new ways of viewing all sorts of media. When small school children get out their tablets or ipads, start to make designs and paint with it and then send you a Christmas card by email – it really makes you think. We have also had a great deal of fun putting this issue together and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have, filling the pages. This has been a group effort and we would not have been able to do it without the help from all the people listed overleaf and several others. We feel we are going in the right direction and will be adding more interactivity into the magazine for your information and enjoyment in future issues. With this magazine we aim to be Inspirational, aspirational and informative. Garden*Life*Love will showcase the best in gardens, horticulture, food, lifestyle, travel, arts, crafts and our Environment. We will create a visual feast with photography and features from many of the world’s top garden photographers, designers and artists. Expert contributors will tell our stories with humour and passion, creating a lively publication full of personality for you to enjoy.

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Garden* Great Design, Gardens with Personality and Style - or even just Crazy - Allotments, Sheds and especially Flowers, lots of Flowers!

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Passionate about our Environment and how it shapes our Lives, Families and Communities. We love Creativity, Colour, Detail - the everyday things about us... small and large, that we miss as we rush around...even peeling paint! Enjoy..... Derek St Romaine Editor

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Derek St Romaine Art student; Designer; Art director; Food photographer; Garden photographer and owner of Garden Photo Library Favourite Plant Any blossom in spring and Chasmanthium latifolium in autumn Favourite Garden Villandry, an architectural tapestry of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers Horticultural Heaven Growing fruit and vegetables in my ornamental potager, the one place where I can totally relax without a camera

Adam Stevens Film student, Video maker, Nurseryman, Horticultural student, Picture researcher, Picture editor, Freelancer Favourite plant Hawthorn Horticultural Heaven Plants and grasses backlit by the sun and blackberry picking Favourite Place The Malvern Hills Favourite Garden Las Pozas (“the Pools”) was created by Edward James, in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico just outside the town of Xilitla

Liz Eddison Photographer; Owner of; Closet writer and cakeaholic! Favourite Plant Buxus topiary, ferns, grasses and far too many flowers to mention Favourite Garden Prieuré NotreDame d’Orsan, France Favourite Place Anywhere with an ocean view Horticultural Heaven Watching the sun come up over a beautiful garden

Gary Rogers Born NewZealand, Musician; Fireman, Photographer - fashion, travel, theatre, gardens Favorite Garden; St Jean de Beauregard south of Paris Favorite plant; Probably the rose although I find grasses great also Favorite place; Chatsworth and the surrounding countryside and my valley in Norway Horticultural Heaven; To spend a day photographing, with perfect light, from dawn to dusk in my favorite garden

Pamela Westland Journalist; National magazine editor; Author of over 100 books, many on plants and gardens; Photographers’ stylist; Permanent student Favourite Plant Hellebores in all their majestic and alluring shades. Goodbye, dull winter! Favourite Place Paleo Parithia on Corfu where the ruins of abandoned stone houses are scattered among fields of wild orchids Horticultural Heaven A monasterystyle garden where the herbs fire up all the senses

Sam Eddison Photographer; Producer; Sound Engineer; Graphic Designer; co-founded one of the top genre picture agencies in the UK. Sam had two photographs shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010. Work includes portraiture, fashion, editorial, reportage and private commissions. Favourite Garden Kew Favourite Plant Wisteria Horticultural Heaven Picking my fresh herbs

Ian Hodgson Kew-trained horticulturalist; Writer; Editor; Author; Garden designer. Favourite garden York Gate, near Leeds. So many brilliant ideas skilfully executed and artfully arranged in a small space. Favourite plant Magnolia grandiflora. Fresh, zesty scent of lemons in flowers almost big enough to stick your head in. Horticultural Heaven To have been on a horticultural expedition with E H Wilson, George Forrest or Frank Kingdon Ward

Cleve West Garden designer, Writer, Artist Favourite Garden Need to visit many more before I decide but for now, Great Dixter Favourite Plant Any umbellifer but especially Peucedanum verticillare Favourite Place Can’t decide between Muir Woods, Yosemite, Death Valley or Exmoor National Park Horticultural Heaven Clipping topiary or simply having the time to ‘garden’, without having to rush, wherever that may be

Who Made it Happen in Our First Issue?

Dawn St Romaine Secretary; BOAC Airline Stewardess; Antiques dealer; Photograper’s assistant; Photo stylist; Food stylist; Gardener. Favourite Garden A small walled garden in Long Melford, Suffolk Favourite Plant Orlaya grandiflora and Agapanthus Favourite Place Aptera, an ancient site in Crete near Souda, where in spring, you can walk waist high through carpets of wild flowers as far as one can see

Georgie Steeds Photographer; Vintage Jewellery seller; Miniature Flower Maker Favourite Plant Anything that is flowering at the time Favourite Garden Can’t pick a favourite Favourite Place The annual huge antiques fair in Lille, Le Braderie Horticultural Heaven A garden by an Italian lake with terraces and topiary

Marcus Harpur Photographer and occasional writer of gardens; Owner of Harpur Garden Images Favourite Plant Euphorbia characias. Furnishes a garden, looks dramatic, works all year round Favourite Garden Whichever one I am photographing at the time Favourite Place Either Caithness or the north Queensland rainforest. Horicultural Heaven A garden that envelopes you in amongst the plants, making you feel immersed

David Winnard Photographer; Mad forager; Lover of all things fungal; Natural history is my mistress Favourite Plant Spring gentian, favourite fungus is Cobalt Crust Favourite Garden being in a garden filled with native British species Favourite Place Outer Hebrides Horicultural Heaven My grandma’s old garden, was filled with all sorts to tease the senses

Harriet Rycroft Head Gardener at Whichford Pottery; Tweet and blogger; Hill walker; Snooper in other peoples gardens Favourite Garden Hidcote, where I worked as a volunteer and Woolstone Mill House in Oxfordshire Favourite Plant Tulip ‘Ballerina’ for its pointed petals and scent Favourite Place The Pyrenees, we walked through a hanging valley which some locals call “Le Jardin Japonais” I couldn’t stop singing “It’s All Too Beautifu-u-ul” to myself..

Steven Wooster Art Student (Graphics); Art director; Garden photographer; Landscape design student; Designed two Conceptual gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show Favourite Garden A small garden in Islington by Tom Stuart-Smith featuring just three varieties of plant, ferns, tree ferns and hakonechloa Horicultural Heaven A floating deck on a large lake with views to distant mountains.

Laura Nixon Marilyn Monroe & Amy Winehouse Impersonator/Actress; Singer; Model; Entertainer; Writer; I first started impersonating Marilyn at 16. I saw a Marilyn impersonator at a show, she wiggled on and the room fell silent. She sang “I wanna be loved by you” the audience went crazy. I knew that’s what I wanted to do Favourite Garden Japanese style Favouite Plant Orchid Favourite Place Brighton Horticultural Heaven A full greenhouse in spring

Sarah Wain Gardener, trained in Australia in the 1970’s, 3 years at RBG Kew. Returned to Australia, Back to UK 1987 in Hampshire restoring gardens with husband Jim Buckland. Since 1991 Garden Supervisor at West Dean Gardens with husband Jim. Still married! Favourite Plant you’re kidding! I have to choose?? River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis Favourite Garden Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Australia. Horticultural Heaven Spring when naturalised bulbs are flowering

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PEOPLE 10 Cleve West ‘A Tale of Two Gardens’ That were Best in Show winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 104 Sally Austin: New Zealand Flax The intricate ins and outs of an ancient Maori craft 120 Andrea Geile:Testing the Mettle Imaginative sculpture that’s at one with the environment GARDEN 43 Let the Light Shine In A near-London plot with that Mediterranean lap-of-luxury look 68 Pots of Style Showcasing sensational seasonal displays at Whichford Pottery 111 A Garden for all Seasons There’s year-round inspiration for you in this East Anglian haven 116 Lanhydrock ‘Late Victorian Splendour’ A must-see Cornish hillside garden that turns back the clock 122 Giverny: Monet’s iconic creation Form your own Impression of this artistic masterpiece 129 A Passion for Paeonies On a Bavarian farm just bursting with beautiful, blousy blooms FLORA 24 Majestic Magnolias A photo-gallery of the most majestic of all spring-flowering trees and shrubs 87 Spring Ground Cover Flowers don’t come any more dainty and delicate than these 146 Tantalizing Tulips With all their dramatic markings, they’re full of surprises GROW YOUR OWN KITCHEN 90 Grow your Own Pies! And muffins, and bread, and savouries and cake. See what we mean?


Photograph this page and cover: Prunus ‘Accolade’. Derek St Romaine Garden Photo Library

GROW 36 When the Pod went Pop! But not before we show you just how easy-peasy it was to grow! 139 Light My Fire! Rise up to the chilli challenge; they’re hot stuff to grow! COLOUR 82 Love Blue! It’s calming. It’s exciting. It’s symbolic. It’s all around us PICTURE THIS 52 ‘if you go down to the woods today’ We’ll be surprised if you see a shot as stunning as this 79 There’s no Tool like an Old Tool Generations of gardeners have had their hands on these 21 There’s one spawn every minute And this photograph captured an absolute beauty CREATE 62 Easter Eggcellence A cracking good way to decorate your Easter table OUTSIDE IN 61 Blooming Bottles Who’da thought four flowers could make such a splash? 127 Drawer Liners These spring bloomers pull out all the stops! SPEND 54 Gloves with Marilyn Too hot to handle? Too glam to be useful? Not a bit of it! 118 March on Summer We love good design when we’re gardening. Bet you do, too FORAGE 136 Dreaming of a Cool Beer! No, not from a can; from plants gathered by the wayside

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‘Best In Show’ The Daily Telegraph Garden 2011

Top. Fluted concrete columns sculpted by Serge Bottagisio & Agnes Decoux, underplanted by a carpet of Acaena microphylla ‘Copper Carpet’. Above. Barrel shaped water spouts create sound while early morning sunlight creates shadows on the wall. Main picture. Planting around the base of a Japanese Pagoda tree Saphora japonica includes Allium stipitatum ‘Mount Everest’, Achillea ‘Taygetea’, Myrtus communis, Centranthus ruber, and Artemesia stelleriana ‘Valerie Finnis’ 12  garden*life*love SPRING 2013

Cleve West ‘A Tale of Two Gardens’

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Magnolia ‘Vos Kasar’ 12  garden*life*love SPRING 2013

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Majestic Magnolias It’s impossible to resist the winsome charms of magnolias. They are among the most flamboyant spring- and summer-flowering shrubs and trees and can transform a garden like no other Words: Ian Hodgson

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When the Pod went Pop! There is really nothing like the taste of home grown peas. If you can’t remember sitting in the garden with your parents shelling peas then you have really missed out, so try growing some now. They don’t need a lot of space and can easily be grown in a container on a patio or balcony Photography & Words: Derek St Romaine Garden Photo Library

Sweet, freshly-podded peas of ‘Hurst Green Shaft’ which has an RHS ‘Award of Garden Merit’. This is a double-podded variety - the pods grow in pairs - which gives heavy yields of very sweet, tasty peas 36  garden*life*love SPRING 2013

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Peas come in two basic varieties; shelling peas and flat-podded mangetout. The shelling types are grown for fresh peas in the pods and the smaller petit pois type. The mangetout varieties are flatpodded and eaten young with the pod casing. There are many varieties to choose from, look for the Royal Horticultural Societies ‘Award of Garden Merit’ and also at the information on the seed packets. They take on average anywhere from 12 -16 weeks to mature.

Above. Petit pois peas ‘Ceresa’, these delicious small peas have few leaves but lots of tendrils which make them virtually self supporting. Below. Young ‘Ceresa’ seedlings growing in modular trays. Peas are often grown in this way and harvested by restaurateurs who use pea tops, often as a garnish, in their dishes

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All set for a movable feast: a few short steps and the table can be relocated for dining under the sun or stars. SPRING 2013 garden*life*love  17 


I Wanna Be Gloved by You! Gardeners like to be fashion conscious too! We asked Marilyn to road test a selection of the most sylish gardening gloves available, she put them through their paces and gave them the star treatment, whether it was adjusting her jewellery, hosting a garden party – doing battle with the thorn in her side or the fruits of her labour, she gloved them all! Photography: Sam Eddison Model: Laura Nixon Art Direction: Adam Stevens

Main Picture. Bamboo Plum Gloves - £11.50 – www. Made from sustainable bamboo these flexible gloves are perfect for fiddly tasks – keep away from pandas! 18  garden*life*love SPRING 2013

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CHERRY TOMATO AND FETA BREAD You will be spoilt for choice from the many varieties of cherry tomatoes you can grow - and in a wide colour range, too. This is a quick and easy way to use them up when you get a glut and can’t quite manage to keep up with them. 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 200g self-raising flour 3 medium eggs 75ml extra virgin olive oil 75ml milk butter for greasing tin 75g cheddar cheese, grated 200g Greek feta cheese, diced handful of chopped basil Above. When sowing Tomato seeds, it is much easier to sow them in modules, when they are ready to transplant there is far less chance of root disturbance.

1. Heat oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with parchment paper. 2. Sift flour into a bowl and season. In another bowl, whisk eggs, oil and milk together and pour over the flour and stir in. 3. Mix in the cheese, basil and tomatoes reserving a few to decorate. 4. Tip the mixture into a loaf tin, press remaining tomatoes onto the top. 5. Bake for 1hr until cooked. Leave in tin until cooled before slicing. PS. If you don’t eat it all when fresh, it’s great toasted under the grill the next day.

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Left. Pinch out side shoots of cordon tomatoes from the leaf axil, the flowers/fruit will appear as shoots off the main stem. Right. Varieties of Cherry tomatoes are smaller compared with a standard tomato (largest).

Grow Your own Pies

Above. Tomatoes, ‘Sun Cherry Premium’ AGM and ‘Sungold’ AGM are two of the sweetest cherry tomatoes on the market today Left. Tomato and Feta Bread

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From the age of 12 when she first learnt to spin wool and then progressed to knitting, Sally Austin’s love of working with her hands began. Being vegetarian and a passionate gardener she wanted to move away from working with animal fibre and so weaving with plant material became her ideal Photography: Steven Wooster/The Garden Collection. Words: Liz Eddison

Opposite page. Laying in the strips (or whenu) for a woven panel, on the verandah. Above. Kete (basket) with several patterns and exposed fibre forming a fringe along the bottom

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