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A Global Perspective on Garden Heritage

HISTORIC GARDENS REVIEW is the journal of the Historic Gardens Foundation. Through the Review we work to bring together lovers of historic parks and gardens across the world. It provides a portal for the views of enthusiasts, campaigners and professionals alike and is a leading voice in championing the cause of our garden heritage.

Through feature articles and frank commentary on the experiences of garden visitors, we promote high standards of conservation, celebrate successful restorations and campaign on behalf of sites that are threatened by development or neglect.


What Do We Cover?

We cover historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes worldwide. Every country has a garden heritage and we aim to celebrate it. Alongside articles on famous gardens, we also specialise in finding the out-of-the-way garden, often in a country that may not realise that it even has a garden heritage. All aspects are covered: the history of gardens and their creators, modern restorations and modern disasters, the challenges of maintaining and presenting gardens and the views and controversies of professionals and amateurs alike.

Historic Gardens Review

The magazine comes out twice a year and, between issues, subscribers are kept up to date with e-newsletters packed with news, events and book reviews.

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Enjoy a sample issue of the Review
 or one of our Newsletters.

Each issue contains

  • Viewpoint
  • 4 or 5 feature articles
  • Anniversary
  • Optimist (the good news)
  • Pessimist (the bad news)
  • Book reviews
  • Garden review
  • Flying visits

From the April 2021 issue

Artwork for the jackets of a treasure trove of inexpensive gardening books offers a colourful, quirky and striking graphic archive of the mid-20th century.

By Sarah Rutherford
Gourds. Really? Not an obvious catalyst for a niche interest in book jacket artistry of the 1950s and ’60s. As a 1980s Kew Diploma student, I avoided John Organ’s ubiquitous Gourds (1963) as, surely, entirely tedious. Why waste precious student funds on a book about these unlikely and (then) obscure fruits? And yet the design of the jacket remained striking every time I came across it. When eventually I wanted to grow gourds 20 years later at least I knew exactly which book would tell me how.
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From the Winter 2019/2020 issue

Flying Visits

Natan Bruneel and friends visit some gardens in the South West of England.

By Natan Bruneel

When you feel like crying when you have to go back to work after a vacation, that means your holidays have been rather good, I guess. This was the case after our two-week garden tour to South-West England last September. Our travelling party consisted of three 40-year-old Belgian friends – all historic garden lovers, although each one from a different point of view. It is just fun to share the same interest. For us, I think, the combination of outdoor activity with accommodation and civilisation make a garden visit the perfect thing to do when on holidays. Although we did not intend to rush, we visited about 20 gardens in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Kent, and I made a small selection for Flying Visits.

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Flying visits

Subscribing to Historic Gardens Review helps to support the work of the Foundation.

   Appreciate Your Campus Award 

We are delighted to announce the Historic Gardens Foundation ‘Appreciate Your Campus’ Award 2021-2022 with a prize of £10,000. The aim is to encourage universities to raise awareness of their campuses among all who work there, particularly students, by circulating information about the history of the campus and its design, and its content in terms of trees, flowers and biodiversity.
   The Award is open to any University, College within a University or College of Further Education in the United Kingdom.
   Entries could be printed leaflets, short promotional videos, an app, or campus events, such as guided walks by gardeners, historians or biologists. The aim is to inspire everyone on campus to engage with the landscape around them. For 2021-2022 ‘Appreciate Your Campus’ will be run in the UK only but in future years the HGF plans to launch the scheme internationally.
   For details of the Award look at our Entry Information. An application form can be downloaded here. For any further information please contact

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