Inspire a generation – of gardeners

As Olympic Fever takes hold in Team GB and throughout the land, there’s been a huge amount of talk around the London 2012 slogan ‘Inspire a Generation’.  Of course all that talk has been about whether the Games will actually do what they set out to do ie. get children away from their computers and […]

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Water, water everywhere ….

On a recent visit to the Chelsea Flower Show it struck me that virtually every show garden – whatever their size – included some form of ‘water feature’.  Incorporating water into any garden really does make a difference. It can be used to add the effects of sound and movement; to reflect attractive plants or […]

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Best in Show – Chelsea 2012

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is always a great place to get inspiration whether you want to see the best of the best in the plant world, see innovative ways of combining landscaping materials, or just see some of the finest garden designers at work.  It may be busy (and on the day I visited […]

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Art for art’s sake

It always surprises me how few people incorporate art (in any form) into their gardens. Maybe it’s the perception that commissioning (or even buying) sculpture is something that only very wealthy people or companies do, or maybe it’s just not appreciated what a difference a carefully placed piece of art can make to a garden. […]

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10 steps to a designer garden

I have just been involved in showing my work at a Design showcase in Petersfield put together by the South East Design Forum. The brief for the show was to illustrate how design had added value to a project.  Looking through the plan & photographs of the scheme I chose to exhibit, I could identify […]

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Every garden needs a little focus

If I think of all the gardens that I’ve visited (and believe me there have been many!), the ones that stand out in my mind are those that don’t let it all hang out at once.  It’s far more interesting to be enticed around a garden moving from area to area finding hidden gems and […]

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Get your garden into shape!

One of the fundamental principles of garden design is that a successful garden should have strong shape & good structure. I’m often struck by how bland the majority of gardens are – shapeless borders, indistinct planting, and a complete lack of any structure. And there’s no better time than winter to take stock and see […]

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Shine a little light…

It’s lovely to see gardens and homes lit up now with Christmas lights. The effect can be really magical if it’s done with taste. And not so magical if it’s not!  After a long day at work coming home in the dark, it’s a real bonus to be able to see the garden instead of […]

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