Poppies to remember

Last weekend I was in a pretty gloomy and soggy London for the day.  We made a quick diversion to go the Tower of London to see a really inspiring installation of ceramic poppies which is taking place at the moment. It’s called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ and was devised by artist […]

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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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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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A garden designer abroad – highlights from Oz

January is pretty much the only time of year anyone working full-time in horticulture or garden design can go on holiday for a reasonable amount of time – well, with a clear conscience at any rate!  So this year I took the plunge and headed off to Australia for a few weeks. I’ve been a […]

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David Nash at Kew Gardens

On a recent visit to Kew Gardens in London (primarily to check out the Xstrata Treetop Walkway and catch some autumn colour), I was really pleased to also get to see the work of David Nash in the Gardens.  Nash worked on site in the Wood Quarry at Kew from April to September this year, […]

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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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