Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Editor's Letter -

HRH The Prince of Wales is renowned for his love of gar­den­ing. This is­sue I am de­lighted to fea­ture High­grove, the Prince’s fam­ily home in Glouces­ter­shire where the gar­dens, cre­ated over the course of the past 30 years, are tes­ta­ment to his en­dur­ing pas­sion. The gar­den is a charm­ing, in­no­va­tive, highly per­sonal space and, im­por­tantly, is a fine ex­am­ple of or­ganic prac­tices, of which the Prince has long been an ad­vo­cate. The gar­den is brim­ming with out­stand­ing plants, so I am thrilled that the Prince has kindly shared with us 24 of his favourites for sum­mer. A fas­ci­na­tion with plants is a com­mon thread through sev­eral of our fea­tures this month: the city re­treat of de­signer Peter Beard­s­ley is a plant lover’s par­adise, de­signed as a ‘beau­ti­fully or­ches­trated nat­u­ral­ism’; the gar­den of Bunny Guin­ness, a land­scape ar­chi­tect and reg­u­lar on Ra­dio 4’s Gar­den­ers’ Ques­tion Time, com­bines style and pro­duc­tiv­ity; while Anke Kuh­bier’s ro­man­tic cot­tage gar­den in Ger­many show­cases won­der­fully old-fash­ioned roses. Sarah Price, per­haps best known for her work on the Olympic Park in east Lon­don, has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for her pain­terly plant­ing schemes and orig­i­nal de­signs. I’m very pleased that Sarah has agreed to write our new De­sign Ideas se­ries, which be­gins on page 92; this month look­ing at how to plant nat­u­ral­is­ti­cally. Study­ing plants is end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing, and if you’re in­ter­ested in try­ing to cap­ture their ephemeral beauty, then turn to page 76 to find out about the re­mark­able art of na­ture print­ing. I hope you enjoy the is­sue.

Artist Pia Östlund has spent five years re­search­ing the lost art of na­ture print­ing, page 76.

High­grove gar­den is a stun­ning ex­am­ple of or­ganic hor­ti­cul­tural prac­tices and plants­man­ship, page 32.

Gar­dens Il­lus­trated is avail­able as a dig­i­tal edi­tion – search ‘Gar­dens Il­lus­trated’ on the App Store, Google Play or Zinio.com

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