Tactile & beautiful – unique works of art by Rachel Dein

I’m someone who loves to try new things and for some reason I seem to be strangely attracted to pastimes where I usually end up dirty – gardening, blacksmithing, woodwork…  Last September I was tempted by a friend to spend a day in north London on a workshop where I found myself pressing flowers, bashing […]

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Sculpture gardens to enjoy and inspire

I recently posted a blog about choosing art for the garden.  And there’s no better way to get inspired than to get out and visit the myriad of sculpture gardens, trails and open air exhibitions which are on all over the UK at the moment. Whether you’re looking for a great venue for a day […]

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A simple guide to choosing outdoor art for your garden

I’m a great fan of adding art (of whatever size or form) into the garden.  Nothing pleases me more than clients asking me to create spaces in their design for a piece of art, and/or find them pieces to add to their gardens – whether that’s a contemporary piece from a gallery (bought or commissioned), […]

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Garden sculpture at its best

If sculpture is your thing, and you’re around Hampshire in the next few days then I suggest you take the opportunity to visit The Garden Gallery in Broughton, near Stockbridge. I’m a regular visitor to the gallery as I always enjoy owner Rachel Bebb’s selections of work which she exhibits every summer.  She shows of […]

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Highlights from the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show

I love my annual pilgrimage to the Chelsea Flower Show, and even though it’s a long, tiring (and this year, cold!) day, it’s just great to spend hours and hours absorbing the work of other garden designers and seeing what our specialist nurseries have to offer. 2013 has been such a difficult year weather-wise, so […]

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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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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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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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