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Rakesprogress - Issue 10 - The Art of Gardens, Plants and Flowers


Rakesprogress - Issue 10 - The Art of Gardens, Plants and Flowers

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Rakesprogress (volume 10) is filled with glorious photography and inspiring features, including Venice's Garden of Eden, California's Superbloom and Lisbon's allotment revolutionaries. The magazine comes with the launch issue of Rakes SENSE, a separate 120-page magazine about the art of flowers and fragrance. Both magazines are produced by the Rakesprogress team of fashion photographers, art photographers and documentary photographers and provide a contemporary, alternative take on our changing relationship with the natural world

About Rakesprogress

It began as a seed of an idea one wet Sunday morning. What were we supposed to do with our garden? Pave it, deck it, let it grow wild? Or we could go outside and try to take it on. We'd only acquired the place to begin with to let three young boys run free. But if the nettles grew much higher we'd lose them. So, gardening...

We had once grown a bamboo in a tub and a cactus in a pot that despite our best attempts to ignore it refused to die. Unlike the aloes we'd travelled back with from IKEA, a blue plastic bag full of green spiky arms that we'd arranged on the balcony of our tiny flat to deter the two year old from jumping off. They turned to mush in the first frost.

Because there's something about connecting with the natural world that makes life better. Which is why Rakes Progress is as much a snapshot of the world beyond your computer's window as it is a guide to the tricky business of growing stuff. Flick through these pages and of course you'll see gardens, plants and flowers, but you'll also find photography, bees, tools, craft, veg, art, architecture, sheds, clothes, jam and, of course, rhubarb. Even if you never pick up a rake, if you want an antidote to the mad whirl of digital, there is something here for you.

Whether you are photographing war gardens or sowing tomatoes, designing clothes in a garden house or fixing stuff in a shed, gardens are places to grow. As the marvellously direct fashion designer Nigel Cabourn told us when we interviewed him in his garden in Gosforth, 'What you've done to me today is make me realise how f***ing important this garden is to me! It's obviously influenced me without me realising it.' We know how he feels.

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