Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – highlights

I love my annual trip to the Chelsea Flower Show in London, exhausting though it always is! This year though I have to say it was pretty disappointing due to the reduced number of the bigger show gardens – less than half than in 2016. My main reason for going to the show is to […]

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Designing shade into the garden

When I’m designing gardens, possibly the most important factor to take into account before drawing up a plan is to work out which are the sunniest parts of my clients’ gardens, because that is usually where the entertaining areas go – whether for dining or just sitting outside.  With our totally unpredictably climate we do […]

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Highlights from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  I went to the Chelsea Flower Show twice this year – once on Press Day and then again later in the week as a paying visitor.  Seems a bit OTT I guess, but I really enjoy going twice as both trips have their advantages.  The obvious upside to Press Day is the lack of […]

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A few of my favourite things – a look back at 2014

I take hundreds and hundreds of photos during the year – of my clients’ gardens, my own garden, gardens I visit, garden shows I visit, as well as landscapes and details that take my fancy on my travels.  In fact, thinking about it I’m a bit of a garden obsessive.  Even my holiday pictures tend […]

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Get creative with topiary

I have to admit I do like a bit of topiary. There’s nothing quite like a clipped hedge or box ball to add structure to a garden.  And the beauty of clipped shapes is that they are so versatile – they can lend a garden a contemporary or a traditional feel. In winter topiary shapes […]

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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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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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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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