By Beth Murton
Gardeningetc.com is the new website for anyone looking to create the perfect outdoor living experience. Packed with 1,000s of design ideas and guides to make your garden a brilliant outdoor living area, it also offers expert advice on how to make your time outdoors the best it can be – from rounding up the best BBQs and hot tubs to kids’ toys that are guaranteed to keep them entertained.
There will also be practical guides on everything from how to build a brilliant decked area to how to achieve an outdoor pool experience on a budget, plus must-read advice on how you can transfer the style principles you use in your home to your garden. For anyone looking for inspiring ideas, our easy-to-follow guides will help you create your first planting scheme, design your perfect patio or successfully grow your own fruit and veg.
Meet the team
Beth Murton, Editor
My first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine more than 17 years ago. It cemented my love of all things homes- and garden-related and I’ve never looked back since.
My garden is a really important part of my family's home (especially in recent months), and we were lucky enough to inherit a space with lots of lovely mature planting when we bought our 1930s home.
Since then, we've built several raised beds for a veg patch, increased the size of the flowerbeds to find room for yet more of my favourite David Austin roses and my husband's collection of hostas, created an outdoor living room complete with comfy sofas and festoon lights, and not forgetting the biggest challenge of all – trying to fit in the ever changing assortment of trampolines, climbing frames and outdoor toys that are inevitable when you have two young kids!
We've got further plans for our garden over the next year, so watch this space...
Laura Crombie, Brand Development Director
I've been writing about homes and gardens for 13 years. I started out as a newspaper reporter, then was editor of a regional magazine, and editorial manager for a travel company (who doesn’t love a free holiday?). I started at Real Homes magazine in 2015 as Deputy Editor and then become Editor before taking on my current position, which focuses on video and events. I love spending time in the garden with my toddler and have a bizarre passion for mowing lawns!
Holly Crossley, Digital Editor
The garden was always a big part of life growing up, as was the surrounding New Forest where we lived. My appreciation for the great outdoors has only grown since then. I’ve been an allotment keeper, a professional gardener, and a botanical illustrator – plants are my passion. But, I love all things digital too. I joined the team at Gardeningetc after working as a freelance content creator for a web agency, whilst studying for my M.Sc. in marketing. Now I’m lucky enough to combine both digital and botanical worlds, every day!
I was part of a team which launched Easy Gardens magazine two years ago and I continue to edit it today. I am also the Gardens Editor on Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Ideal Home and Style At Home so I am lucky enough to see and write about gardening across all sizes, budgets and abilities.
What I am most passionate about when it comes to gardening are the positive effects it has on our mental health to grow and care for plants. Keeping our patches alive with greenery is great for the environment too and help provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Finally, I find it to be such a wonderful opportunity to tap into my creative side and I love the feeling that I am crafting a space which has a life of its own. Audrey Hepburn summed gardening up perfectly when she said - 'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'.
As Editor in Chief for Homes Ecommerce, working on Gardeningetc, Livingetc, Real Homes, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, my passion is making sure readers can find all the information they need before making a purchase for their property.
On the weekends, I also live all things home related, maintaining my Victorian cottage and its very long, narrow garden. I'm in a never-ending battle with the weeds, but love creating a space for wildlife. I'm aiming to give my garden a look that I best describe as 'cottage garden for the 21st century'.
I’m an experienced freelance journalist, editor and columnist writing for national magazines and websites. I now specialise in gardens, and I enjoy finding and writing about all kinds, from the tiniest town plots to impressively designed ones in grand country houses. I’m a firm believer that gardening is for everyone, and it doesn’t matter if you have a single window ledge or an acre, there’s always peace and joy to be found outside. The small town garden of my Edwardian terraced house is currently a work in progress as we renovate the property, but my goal is always to fill it with flowers, climbers, colour, fragrance – and as many of my treasured vintage finds as I can possibly fit in.
Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes and gardens – long enough to see interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement, both indoors and out, and it's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper.
I fell for the interiors world soon after graduating Cardiff’s School for Journalism, following a very brief stint news reporting that only proved I’m more passionate about cushions than war crimes. That was more than two decades ago now, and I’ve been happily writing for the likes of Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Ideal Home and Real Homes ever since.
Our current home in Devon was previously a commercial nursery – they grew the plants that garden centres buy. When we arrived in 2016, the half-acre plot boasted three massive polytunnels and a glass greenhouse to rival those at Kew Gardens. We sold the lot, levelled the ground, chucked down some grass seed, then focused on making the inside of the house habitable. This year the garden is back on our radar and we have grand plans to pave and plant out the front garden and around the house (currently resembling a builder’s yard), and possibly 'do something' about the barren field that is our lawn! @lindaclaytonwrites
I'm a freelance journalist and I'm lucky to be able to write about my two main passions: gardening and food. Ten years ago I moved from a house with a tiny town garden to a much bigger space in the country and since then I've slowly been putting into practice all the garden design ideas I've been mulling over for years. Trouble is, as soon as I've got the garden looking how I think I want it, I decide to start on a new project so it's a constant 'work in progress'. I took on an allotment last year too, and I'm really loving growing all my own fruit and veg then bringing it home to try out in new recipes for my food and gardening blog, A Cook's Plot.
I put my love of plants and all things garden related, down to the hours spent pottering around with my Nan and Grandad when I was little. There was never a moment at their house when we weren’t weeding, pruning, planting or harvesting cucumbers or dahlias from the lean-to greenhouse. My Grandad’s shed was a place of wonder, and I can still recall the musky smell. Today I am lucky enough to have a garden of my own in Surrey and spend much of my time writing about them too. A typical long-thin town garden it features favourite flowers along with the odd veg plant and the usual assortment of toys, bikes and… oh a couple of guinea pigs too.
I'm an organic food grower and writer based in East Sussex. I've grown edible plants in a variety of roles from growing organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, Rovi to delivering growing workshops throughout London to audiences including primary schools, community centres and corporate clients. I've also been invited to share my growing journey and experiences in talks and workshops for organisations including The Garden Museum, the Royal College of Art and West Dean College as well as having presented features for Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. My writing has been featured in The New Statesmen, Bloom Magazine and The Modern House Journal and my first book, How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House, is out now.
I've been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and have worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor for indie magazine, 91, I trained to be a florist last year and recently launched The Prettiest Posy where I curate beautiful flowers for weddings and events.
As Shopping Editor at Gardeningetc, I spend most of my time helping you add those all-important items to your shopping cart, whether that be some comfortable garden furniture, a luxury pizza oven or a shiny new hot tub. Otherwise, you can find me thinking of ways to maximise space, and buying things, for my London flat which has a delightful but teeny-tiny terrace. Next on the shopping list: some rattan garden furniture and a fire pit...
I'm the News Editor on Gardeningetc covering everything from the common mistake you're making when pruning your roses, to handy tips about how to keep your houseplants alive. I have been covering all things gardening for two years across Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home. There isn't a single gardening trend that passes without me knowing about it.
I'm currently the proud owner of a thriving container garden on my small city balcony and a jungle of houseplants. Small gardens and container plants are my specialties.
I'm a keen urban gardener, with David Austin roses and Japanese acers among my favourite plants. I moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space a couple of years ago. I've always been interested in how people make houses into homes, and how our concepts of what's stylish change over time.
I'm the Associate Editor across the homes titles at Future and have worked for the majority of Britain’s monthly interiors titles, such as Ideal Home, Country Homes & Interiors and Livingetc, as well as for websites HomesandGardens.com and Gardeningetc.com.
I've written about every area of the home, indoors and out, from shopping and decorating, appliances and home tech, wallpaper and fabric, kitchens and bathrooms, even extensions and conversions.
I've been writing for Gardeningetc since the beginning of 2021, covering all things barbecues, patio heaters, and fire pits. A lover of al fresco dining, I'm always on the hunt for the best barbecues and pizza ovens for entertaining friends and family. I'm also a firm believer that everyone should have their own herb garden, and can often be found taming my over-zealous rosemary plant.
I've joined the Gardeningetc team as the U.S. Shopping E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From my start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, I've produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. When I'm not writing, you can find me indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on my beloved Boston Bruins. Find me on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.
I writes about interiors and decoration for Livingetc, Homes & Gardens and Real Homes, bringing my design expertise outdoors into the garden for Gardeningetc.
Initially honing my green thumb growing indoor plants in my first-floor apartment, I greatly appreciate the benefits we gain from coexisting with plants, including improved wellbeing, air purification, and reductions in the chemical VOCs that are slowly released into our homes from manmade materials.
My wider interest in gardening embraces the design principles of permaculture; considering how we can best balance our valuable outdoor spaces to restore health to our own patches of soil, boost diversity for plants and wildlife, grow healthy nutritionally-dense food, and embrace outdoor living with style-conscious design that helps us to relax, entertain and improve our overall wellbeing through our relationship with nature.
As Appliances Editor I spend most of my day scouting for deals an reviewing products for the home and garden.
I love being in my garden, and anywhere outdoors for that matter. Being outside is where I have no worries and feel calm, which is a welcomed sense of relief from being under the roof of our Victorian terrace home which has been under going some serious renovations since we bought it three years ago. Up until recently I had an allotment where I grew bumper crops of carrots, marrow and sweetcorn from seed. Now I try to make the best out of the space we have in our yard using grow bags, leaving the lawn (which I grew entirely from seed, too) for our three guinea pigs to forage on.
Code of conduct
Gardeningetc is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk.
Best wooden garden furniture 2021: classic patio seating
Buying Guide The best wooden garden furniture; from teak to acacia, benches to patios sets, we've rounded up the best wooden outdoor furniture
By Sarah Warwick •
Try this solution for rust in hollyhocks – without overloading the garden with chemicals
Plants Rust in hollyhocks is almost inevitable, but you may be able to minimize the impact without strong chemical treatments
By Anna Cottrell •