Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Contents - LUCY BEL­LAMY, ED­I­TOR

From a young pine tree un­der a con­stel­la­tion of stars to a bright, snaking, fern path through a dark for­est, the un­ex­pected in­stal­la­tions of artist El­lie Davies en­cour­age us to see the fa­mil­iar anew: to look again, but dif­fer­ently. It’s a theme that runs through­out this is­sue of Gar­dens Il­lus­trated. El­lie cap­tures her work pho­to­graph­i­cally, and it is breath­tak­ing and beau­ti­ful in equal mea­sure. Read about her work on page 72. Dan Snow is an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist who po­si­tions on-site or lo­cally sourced rocks into strik­ing new con­fig­u­ra­tions that high­light the essence of a place. At Wood­land Farms, Ver­mont, he also edited the sur­round­ing wood­land to high­light the re­mark­able, in­di­vid­ual trees. Turn to page 78 to see what he makes of the wide New Eng­land can­vas.

The gar­den of Susy and Cole­man Townsend in Delaware has a sim­i­larly con­sid­ered re­sponse to lo­ca­tion. A se­ries of five dis­tinct mead­ows that in­crease in di­ver­sity as they near the house, each one has a self-con­tained aes­thetic. The fea­ture starts on page 32.

Plus, it’s al­ways in­spi­ra­tional to hear how an ex­pert gar­dener sees a fa­mil­iar plant in a dif­fer­ent way. On page 20, Mat Reese, head gar­dener at Malver­leys in Hamp­shire, con­tin­ues the se­ries Plants­man’s Favourites with his pick of the best plants for Novem­ber. He also in­cludes tips on how to use them.

I hope you en­joy the is­sue,

Artist El­lie Davies trans­ports us to an­other world with her un­ex­pected in­stal­la­tions, page 72. In Novem­ber the seed­heads of Li­a­tris as­pera make a stylish ad­di­tion to an or­na­men­tal meadow, page 32.

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