A Visit to an English Garden
When one is invited to visit an English Garden, one is entitled to assume there will be flower borders, shrubs, a pond and maybe a few fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Last week I visited the offices of The English Garden magazine, a different type of English Garden admittedly, but no less interesting in its own way!
I managed to meet up with Cinead Mcternan, the magazine’s Deputy Editor who had just returned from a successful evening at the 2009 Garden Media Guild Awards. The English Garden had won two ‘gongs’; the first a ‘new talent’ award for Stephanie Mahon and also the ‘Garden Column of the Year’ for Jackie Bennett. The magazine was also short-listed for a number of other awards at the lavish ceremony.
The English Garden magazine has always been one of my favourites, with a great mix of fabulous gardens, quality advice from top writers and gardeners, beautiful photography and the best in garden tools, accessories and products. There is a US version also available with the same high levels and blend of content.
The magazine is situated in a modern, open plan office in Cheltenham whose walls are covered in a complicated mini-version of the next month’s publication, with articles and features fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle. I was introduced to some of the editorial team (sadly missing Tamsin Westhorpe, the editor) who are all rightly proud of the magazine.
Interestingly, Quality Garden Tools provide the e-commerce for The English Garden’s online tool shop and in the coming months The English Garden editorial team will be giving the site some great new seasonal tips as well as some advice on each of the featured garden tools. The tool shop will be offering some exclusive garden tool sets which should make great presents for gardeners.
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The English Garden Tool Shop can be visited at: www.qualitygardentools.com/english-garden/
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