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Gardeners' Chronicle highlights

Eight composts: overall the best results were obtained when chalk and superphosphate were added together

The John Innes revolution

In 1937, WJC Lawrence and J Newell described the results of their experiments to determine the best composts in The Gardeners' Chronicle.

Wild flower meadows: backdrop for the 2012 Olympics

Thriving on changes and challenges

Fifty years on from his first article in these pages, Geoff Dixon surveys the evolution of British horticulture since World War Two

Lilium parryh: this species produces yellow flowers

Consider the Lilies

Illustrations of known species accompanied a report in The Gardeners' Chronicle in 1901 on a Lily conference in Chiswick.

Nurseryman, John Ravenscroft - image: HW

Tendering troubles

Writing in Horticulture Week in 1991, nurseryman John Ravenscroft lamented the impact of compulsory competitive tendering on amenity horticulture.

Horticulture families

In April 1964, Gardeners' Chronicle marked the centenary of Hillier Nurseries, one of the many family businesses that have played a vital role in shaping the industry.

Gardeners at Wentworth Castle Garden in 1897 - image: Reproduced by kind permission of Wentworth Castle (

A helping hand for gardeners since 1839

Philanthropy in the 19th century enabled pre-welfare state pensions for gardeners, says Matthew Biggs.

The shape of things to come

In a 1931 lecture to the Institute of Landscape Architects, founder member Edward White warned fellow members they must cut their cloth to fit tougher times.

New style: artist’s impression of D Stewart & Sons’ garden centre, Christchurch, 1961

Garden centres are born

In 1961, Gardeners' Chronicle hailed the advent of garden centres in Britain which was set to encourage many more to garden.

The hunt for Meconopsis

In 1904, James Veitch & Sons sent EH Wilson to China to hunt for seeds of the lampshade poppy, Meconopsis integrifolia. Here is The Gardeners' Chronicle report.