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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