Jupiter Artland – Scottish Sculpture Garden

The arrival was the most dramatic, I think I have ever experienced! I’ve wanted to go to see the Jencks landform, Cells of Life at Jupiter Artland for years however I didn’t realise I’d be driving through it!

Prospect Cottage

Prospect Cottage; a Study in the Artful Use of Flotsam

On a clear sunny day at the end of summer I finally made it to Prospect Cottage, in Dungeness. I’ve known about Prospect Cottage for so many years that I can’t remember how I first found out about it. A Southbank Show about Derek Jarman perhaps?

LED Garden Lighting

5 Tips For Lighting Your Outside Space

Lighting a garden properly can be deceptively tricky to do. If you go overboard, your space can look garish and tacky, but if there’s not enough light, it will lack ambiance. I’ve shared five tips to help you nail your outdoor lighting, in our latest blog so you can enjoy your garden after dark through this winter and beyond

WEEDS, WOODLAND & WATER; Chelsea Flower Show 2019

WEEDS, WOODLAND & WATER; Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Right, I’ll put it out there straight away; it’s crazy late to be writing a blog about The Chelsea Flower Show! It’s been over 3 weeks since I attended. However, between cultivating client projects and firefighting domestic dramas and wedding attendances, so so many weddings…. I’ve not had a whole lot of time to get my blog done.

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I’d written a blog about planning your front garden this month. However after the severity of the announcement from the Environment Agency, that England faces water shortages within 25 years. And given that water is central to all gardens. I decided to start this blog by revisiting my trip to Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden, which is the blue-print for water free planting. 

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As part of my own personal journey as a Garden Designer, I plan to visit as many gardens as possible (in the capital letter – destination sense, not any old garden) to gain more knowledge and experience. There is absolutely nothing that compares to seeing first hand, plants in their appropriate setting and planted in combination. I think it goes without saying that gardening is most definitely a profession where you are ALWAYS learning.

My intention was always to take pictures, as a reference, and the blog just sprang out of that, I’m gregarious and a sharer, so it feels like the most natural thing for me to do. Plus many of these gardens survive on their entrance fees and donations, so if I can help inspire others to visit then no bad thing!

I am interested in design in general especially mid-century modern buildings and interiors so I may share other things that inspire me but mostly the blog will be about lovely gardens and plants. I’m planning to post one a month in season (April – Sept) and less frequently out of season (Oct-March) but don’t hold me to that, as I am a wee busy bee.