Julian and Isabel Bannerman

Gardens Illustrated Festival

If the wind, rain and low temperatures have been hampering your garden chores lately, this might be the weekend to down tools and head to the country. Whether you need practical advice, creative inspiration or just to dream, the impressive line-up of speakers at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in Gloucestershire can’t fail to motivate and inspire you. Set in the beautiful grounds of Westonbirt School, you’ll find a host of prize-winning landscape designers, plantsmen and women, garden writers and horticulturalists. Tom Stuart Smith is musing on the idea of paradise in gardens and the influence it has had on his work, Mary Keen is advocating releasing our grip on high horticulture and letting our gardens run wild, Arne Maynard considers the importance of craft and craftsmanship in the garden, Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst is talking about Vita Sackville West’s favourite roses, Julian and Isabel Bannerman discuss the ethos behind their 35 years of garden design and Cleve West talks about his experience of creating healing gardens and how they can engender physical and spiritual wellbeing.

There’s also a shopping marquee with some of our favourite nurseries, including Crug Farm Plants, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, The Botanic Nursery, and Avon Bulbs, as well as the opportunity to have your questions answered in one-to-one Design and Plant consultations.

Entry to the show is free but you need to buy tickets for the talks. If you’re quick you can book via the website this morning but it closes at noon today. Thereafter you can purchase them at the festival.


Gardens Illustrated Festival
25 - 26 March 2017
Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
From £14.50
— Anna Cryer
22nd March 2017