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RHS Chelsea 2017 Highlights RHS Chelsea 2017 Highlights

My highlights from Chelsea this year.  The BBC 'Feelgood' got my vote for the best group of gardens in the show, capturing excellent design, good planting and basically felt good.     ...

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Working at RHS Chelsea 2017 Working at RHS Chelsea 2017

It was a great experience working at RHS Chelsea this year planting out the ‘Mind Trap’ Fresh Garden for designer Ian Price, which was awarded a Gold Medal.  The garden is a physical manifestation of Ian’s personal experience of suffering from, and living with, depression. Its purp...

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Passion for Wisterias Passion for Wisterias

Wisterias are a passion of mine, the pruning and shaping to create the glorious structure, and then the wonderful results of good flowering.  Here are some of my favorites which I have enjoyed pruning for clients.  ...

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RHS Wisley RHS Wisley

The Azelias are out and the garden is a riot of spring colour.  A lot of pink and reds, contrasting agains the new growth of greens and dark purple.  A positive feast for the eyes.   ...

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Spring colour in Scarrington Spring colour in Scarrington

Spring brings new hope and colour after as the days get longer and the light brighter.  Snowdrops, Iris and Tulips to name but a few of the plants found in the garden at Scarrington this year, where I am privileged to work on a regular basis. ...

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RHS Chatsworth 2017 RHS Chatsworth 2017

RHS Chatsworth is a new show venue for 2017 and I am looking forward to seeing the following gardens. In the Show gardens:  IQ Quarry Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscaping, is a garden influenced by the life cycle of a quarry.  ...

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RHS Chelsea 2017 RHS Chelsea 2017

There are many varied designs to be built at Chelsea this year but the two that will be close to my heart are the following gardens. In the Artisan Gardens: Commonwealth War Graves Commission is celebrating its 100 years since its foundation by Royal Charter.  Designed by David Domone...

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Red leaves Red leaves

The Autumn colours this year have been outstanding.  The reds, pinks and yellows all brighting up the darkening days of Autumn.      ...

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Brewery shapes Brewery shapes

Whilst enjoying the mystery of whisky making and learning to love the taste, the colours and shapes within the breweries where captivating.   ...

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Stones and rocks Stones and rocks

Fascinated by the shapes of rocks and the items they capture over time, whether natural or man made.       ...

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Various signs in Islay & Jurra Various signs in Islay & Jurra

These signs all caught my eye whilst visiting these islands and enjoying the beautiful scenery.  Each telling a tale or just provided entertainment to the reader.  ...

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Brodick Castle, Arran Brodick Castle, Arran

National Trust for Scotland, Brodrick Castle, Garden & Country Park situated on the Isle of Arran, is the a red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle with views over the Firth of Clyde.  W A Nestfield, known for his work at Castle Howard and Kew gardens, influenced the landscaped gardens ...

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Visitors to CCLA A Summer Retreat, Hampton Court 2016 Visitors to CCLA A Summer Retreat, Hampton Court 2016

We were lucky to have lots of visitors to our award winning garden at RHS Hampton Court this year.  Some friends and family and some familiar faces can be seen amongst them.  For more news cuttings see ht...

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CCLA A Summer Retreat, RHS Gold Medal Award Hampton Court 2016 CCLA A Summer Retreat, RHS Gold Medal Award Hampton Court 2016

Our show garden at Hampton Court this year was in the Summer Garden category, and ‘CCLA A Summer Retreat’ was successful in wining an RHS Gold Medal.  Further details of the build and garden can be seen on the pintrest page ...

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Japanese gardens Japanese gardens

In June we visited two Japanese gardens based in Nottinghamshire. Newstead Abbey, which is slowly being restored and the Pure Land Meditation Centre, North Clifton which is the life times work of Maitreya (Koji Takeuchi).  These are two very different gardens in both scale and planting, both pro...

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Chelsea Gardens 2016 Chelsea Gardens 2016

Jo Thompson’s ‘The Chelsea Barracks Garden’ was my favourite this year at Chelsea.  The planting was so effective and the design worked perfectly.  Other gardens gave pockets of inspiration and inspired planting combinations. ...

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016 Chelsea Flower Show 2016

We were lucky enough to be given day tickets to Chelsea this year and it allowed us to spend time in the tents and in particular the flower arranging section where these spectacular displays.  The ability to weave the plants and structures together into an artistic design is quiet breath taking....

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Chelsea 2016 Chelsea 2016

The gardens for this years Chelsea flower show have now been finalised and can be seen on the RHS website. Among them is The Meningitis Now Futures Garden by John Everiss which is being built by our trusty Tatton Landscaper Peter Gregory, which we are looking forward to seeing it first hand in Ma...

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Capailano Suspension Bridge Capailano Suspension Bridge

Just north of Vancouver city the suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River, it is 140m long and hangs 70m above the river and is not for the faint hearted!  I visited on a very wet November day, which is a good time to visit a rain forest, with treetop walks and good hot chocolate! There is l...

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Colour in Vancouver, Canada Colour in Vancouver, Canada

Whilst in Vancouver, Canada this autumn I visited Queen Elizabeth Park and the Botanical Gardens.  The light was fading as we looked over Queen Elizabeth Park, but it was the first time I caught a glimpse of the hills in the distance.  Meanwhile in the Botanical Gardens the colours were fadin...

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Fungi at Cape Lookout, Portland, Oregon Fungi at Cape Lookout, Portland, Oregon

Cape Lookout State Park is located west of the city of Portland, Oregon.  The trail follows the headland for about two miles to a viewing area and seating where you can look out over the ocean and wait for the whales to pass by!  When I visited in November this year the fungi on the trail caugh...

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Chihuly Garden, Seattle Chihuly Garden, Seattle

On a recent visit to Seattle, USA I had the good fortune to visit the Chihuly Glass Exhibition and Garden.  Dale Chihuly is well know for his avant-garde development of glass as a fine art.  He has work in many collections and has been widely exhibited around the world.  This comprehensive col...

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Chatsworth Autumn Chatsworth Autumn

Visiting Chatsworth in the autumn was full of colour with the added interest of the sculpture exhibition.  The Acers provide a vivid red against the magnificent Derbyshire stones.  The garden has not yet arrived from Chelsea but the preparation is beginning for next years opening.  It’s a gr...

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Maggie's Water Garden, RHS Silver-Gilt Award Tatton 2015 Maggie's Water Garden, RHS Silver-Gilt Award Tatton 2015

Our water garden designed in celebration of the 25th anniversary for homes4u, for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.  It certainly was a challenge to build and our thanks to all involved.  The joy of hearing the water following for the first time was something spec...

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Chelsea 2015 Chelsea 2015

A quick visit to Chelsea this year in the rain!  Here a few of my highlights of the planting and my favourite gardens.    ...

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The Garden of Cosmic Speculation The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

'The Garden of Cosmic Speculation' is the creation of landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks, at his home, Portrack House, near Dumfries.  It is a private garden open to the public annually on the Sunday of the May Day bank holiday weekend.  We had the privilege of visiting it this y...

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Pettifers Garden Pettifers Garden

We were fortunate enough to visit Pettifers garden, North Oxfordshire in mid September when the boarders were still in full bloom.  This garden is privately owned and has been developed over twenty years.  Its is one and a half acres in size and has the most amazing visa over farm land and the ...

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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2014 - Best Show Garden & RHS Gold Medal Winner RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2014 - Best Show Garden & RHS Gold Medal Winner

Enjoy at video of this year at Tatton Park!  Spot Maggie's Garden in between all the other worthy winners and colourful displays. Further Tatton Cuttings of Maggie's Forest Garden can be found on my Pintrest page Tatton Cutti...

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Maggie's Forest Garden - Best Show Garden & RHS Gold Medal Award Maggie's Forest Garden - Best Show Garden & RHS Gold Medal Award

Two weeks of hard work and long hours culminated in a day of assessment and judging, and finally the award!  Receiving a Gold Medal for our first show garden was amazing but we were totally stunned by the decision to award us Best Show Garden as well.  The joy and emotion overflowed and we all ...

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Start of Maggie's Forest Garden Build at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2014 Start of Maggie's Forest Garden Build at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2014

After six months of planning we are now at Tatton and building our first show garden.  The heat and intensity of the build are keeping us on our toes but hopefully it will all be worth it. The large show gardens are first to start and there a certain calm before the storm of all the others arriv...

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Open Gardens Open Gardens

The Open Gardens are popping up all around this summer supporting different charities.  Locally the James’s opened their ‘Self Sufficiency Garden’ in aid of ‘Music for Everyone’ on Midsummers Afternoon. They describe their garden's characteristics as a mixture of semi formal layout an...

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Chelsea 2014 Chelsea 2014

Our trip to Chelsea this year was short and sweet, but sufficient to gather ideas and information. We booked the evening tickets, which gave us a two and a half hour window to blitz the mind… no dawdling or shopping this time!  The Laurent-Perrier Garden designed by Luciano Giu...

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Restoration of lost gems Restoration of lost gems

A lot of my time at present seems to be restoring gardens to their former glory. It’s a joy to find those hidden paths or features lost in the over grown bush, and in some case lights the client had forgotten were there! Rescuing plants and watching them blossom as a result is a great pleasure....

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Feathered Friends Feathered Friends

There is a new visitor to my garden, a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker. I have seen her three times, flying in from the trees behind the top lawn and surveying the garden from up high in the Walnut tree. She is...

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New beginnings New beginnings

As I am writing this we are in the midst of a winter thunderstorm with hail lashing the windows. This is somewhat of a surprise as I was out in the sunshine this morning taking photos of snowdrops (Galanthus) and winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis), always a welcome sign that spring is drawing ne...

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