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
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