Country Life 31 May 2023

Country Life 31 May 2023 is our collectors' issue, with 45 of the best galleries to visit and ways to invest in art under £10,000, as well as a look back at the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show.

The money’s on the wall

Are you thinking of investing in art, but don’t know where to start? Charlotte Mullins selects five artists to watch and guides would-be buyers through the first steps in building a collection

Let’s stick together

Working in harmony is the route to securing a bright future for our countryside, argues Julian Glover

Heaven only knows

From naked Quakers to dogs in church, Carla Passino finds all manner of tales in parish records

A shimmering return to form

Cedric Morris inspires a stand-out garden as Tiffany Daneff finds Chelsea back to its best

Art is all around us

Britain is blessed with a host of intriguing regional galleries—here Country Life invites you along for a whistlestop tour of 45 of our writers’ favourites

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A rare place to rest

Humour abounds at the magical Broadwoodside in East Lothian, finds an admiring John Goodall

Native breeds

Kate Green chronicles the rise to prominence of the docile, dual-purpose Hereford cow

As we walk in fields of gold

John Lewis-Stempel marvels at the skylark’s-eye view of his traditionally farmed wheat fields

A little bird told me

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A right royal Derby day

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Blue is the colour in the bedroom and beyond, as Arabella Youens and Amelia Thorpe discover

Natural flair

Charles Quest-Ritson admires the intelligent and beautiful Town Place garden in East Sussex

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