Gardens Illustrated – April 2023
English | 126 pages | pdf | 405.38 MB

This month marks 30 years since the first issue of Gardens Illustrated magazine went on sale, in 1993. That was the year Queen Elizabeth II opened Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time, Jurassic Park was released in cinemas and, despite an ongoing recession, a band of determined garden lovers decided to create a different kind of magazine, for those just as interested, or more, in the art and craft of gardens, as in the practical aspects of gardening.
The first edition featured articles by respected names including Penelope Hobhouse, Beth Chatto and Anna Pavord, who is still one of our valued contributing editors to this day.
Over the course of 324 issues, there have been countless wonderful places, plants and people featured in these pages, but there have only ever been five editors of the magazine. Recently, we enjoyed gathering together to mark the occasion with a special portrait (below right). I think I speak for all of us when I say what a privilege, and pleasure, it is to hold this unique role.
Three decades on, Gardens Illustrated pdf magazine is still going strong, with more readers than ever before and continued growth with exciting projects such as our new podcast, Talking Gardens (page 12). To celebrate, this issue we are taking a look back at the 30 landmark moments in gardening over the past 30 years (page 33).
But don’t worry: you’ll also find plenty of the beautiful gardens, exquisite plants and interesting people this magazine is, and has always been, known for, created for you by our exceptional team and talented contributors.


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