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Continuity of Interest

Continuity of Interest

Monday, March 9, 2015

One of the most important elements to a garden design for most clients is ‘all year interest’ with respect to the planting. Choosing plants that flower in different seasons will do the job, but to really provide a good continuity of interest a... Read More

Creating a new garden

Creating a new garden

Monday, February 16, 2015

Having recently taken possession of a new garden – at the moment about 50m of which is knee high weeds, crumbling brickwork and rotting timber– I am pondering over what to try and keep and what needs to go. The garden was tended by the same... Read More

Japanese gardens

Japanese gardens

Monday, September 23, 2013

When I talk to people about what they would like to include in their new garden there is often a hint towards the Japanese. Perhaps there is something about the elements of a Japanese garden which confer some of the calmness that a Japanese garden achieves,... Read More

Joseph Paxton's work at Chatsworth

Joseph Paxton's work at Chatsworth

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Joseph Paxton was an inspiring character. He was a humble man but brilliant in his ability to observe, practice and create. Most people recognize him as the creator of the Crystal Palace in London which burnt down in 1936 but he did so much more than this... Read More

Buying and caring for tools

Buying and caring for tools

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pruning is a key part of keeping your plants healthy and well-shaped. If you prune with a poor quality or blunt tool the stem or branch is crushed and this can make the plant more susceptible to fungal infections. It is also much easier to prune with a... Read More

Scampston Walled Garden

Scampston Walled Garden

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In September, a week away in Yorkshire allowed me to visit the walled garden at Scampston. The current walled garden was designed in 1999 by Piet Oudolf, one of the leading figures of the New Perennial style of planting, a naturalistic and ecological... Read More

Landscapes of Western Scotland

Landscapes of Western Scotland

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A recent visit to the west of Scotland has made me realise how beautiful both wild and man-made landscapes can be. I walked through a couple of woodland areas where trees had been left as they had fallen and nature had taken its course. The first was an... Read More

Hosepipe ban - allowances for newly planted areas

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks to a campaign by the Society of Garden Designers and other landscape organisations, there has been an amendment to the hosepipe ban to allow people to water newly planted areas of their garden using a hosepipe. It means that if an area of your garden... Read More

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

During the Easter holidays I paid a visit to Snowshill Manor, near Broadway in the Cotswolds. The house and garden had belonged to Charles Wade who had spent his life amassing a collection of objects from around the world. He had a passion for the Arts and... Read More

The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

If you love trees, then this is a fantastic book for your Christmas list. Colin Tudge brings to life the extraordinary, magical, and complex lives of trees, from tropical trees to our British favourites. He discusses how they live, their structure,... Read More

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