Gardeners' World - - Welcome -

Stand by to travel the world in this is­sue, as we cel­e­brate the cre­ativ­ity of our read­ers in the 2018 Gar­dens of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion. From the heat of Ja­maica, and lush­ness of the trop­ics, to a colour­soaked, Mar­rakech-style court­yard, you’ll find amaz­ing spa­ces, cre­ated with de­ter­mi­na­tion, per­fec­tion­ism and a whole lot of love! We en­joyed read­ing the hun­dreds of en­tries, telling us how your gar­dens were made – for plea­sure, shar­ing, healing… With huge dif­fi­culty, we whit­tled it down to just 11 fi­nal­ists to put be­fore our panel of judges: Alan Titch­marsh, Diar­muid Gavin and Kate Gould. Years of show­ing, watch­ing and judg­ing at Chelsea Flower Show have honed their in­stincts for a great gar­den – and, de­spite heated de­bate, they emerged unan­i­mous in choos­ing our over­all win­ner. Will you agree with them? It’s time for you to have your say – and to dis­cover loads of in­spi­ra­tion for your own plot from the rich mix of gar­dens we share with you from page 51. After all, as the nights draw in, what could be bet­ter than es­cap­ing into plans and dreams for your own gar­den next year? Where will that take you? En­joy the is­sue!

Lucy Hall, Ed­i­tor


Don’t miss yo your FREE 2019 cal­en­daren­dar with our De­cem­ber is­sue, out 22 Novem­ber

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