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Oudolf Field - Hauser & Wirth Somerset

I considered my visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Thursday this past week to be a research trip more than a jolly day out of the office. More than anything, it was an opportunity to study the plants and planting used by landscape designer Piet Oudolf. I am familiar with his work at Bury Court, which is minutes from…

03/10
2015
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September - Catch Up at a Project Planted in April

Where have the last three months gone? Away on a whirl of holidays and friends, family and events. Now the dust has settled and then my oldest leaves home for four years of university.

Work has been busy busy busy! August was not the traditional quiet month at all with enquiries coming in despite the holiday. At the moment, I am busy with  a project…

20/09
2015
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Garden Visit - Chawton Open Gardens

June is a busy month here for garden designers. I have been madly finishing drawings for clients who are looking forward to their holidays and sending out quotes for projects to start in the autumn. 

There is something about the lure of an Open Garden Day for which I will drop work; the idea of being able to wander through other peoples gardens taking…

18/06
2015
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Chelsea Flower Show 2015 - Part 2 - The Show Gardens

The results are in, the medals have all been handed out and I really hope that everyone involved in this years Chelsea will go home satisfied with the results of their hard work. My designer friends and I all agree that we felt that this was one of the best Chelsea's for some time due to the large variety in the show gardens this year. 

Monday's Press Day was cold and wet but absolutely…

22/05
2015
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Tulips at Glenarm Castle, County Antrim

For the first time ever, I have been to Northern Ireland. A friend grew up there and extended a very kind invitation to myself and Wiltshire-based garden designer Alexandra Grey to spend three days at her family home visiting gardens. So of course we jumped at the chance. We flew to Belfast early Monday morning and hit the…

22/05
2015
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Tulip Time - Garden Visit to Ulting Wick in Essex

Ulting Wick near Maldon in Essex is known for it's tulips. My recent visit to see the gardens did not disappoint!

The view from the entrance to the garden is of deep planting and singing colours. It is all set against the lush backdrop of the River Chelmer as it winds its way through the garden. 

I first met…

22/05
2015
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Chelsea Flower Show - 2015

Ah, it's that Chelsea time of year; the highlight of the gardening year calender. Celebrities were out in force this morning, dressed up no matter what the weather, and today the weather was wet! Lashing rain alternated with thick clouds until, just as the Queen was due to arrive, the sun broke through.

And it is the time for the nurseries to show what they are made of; the contents of the…

18/05
2015
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March is flying by...

Somehow the month of March has gone past with a whirl of activity and now, blink, it will soon be over. The clocks go foreward tomorrow morning and we will have earlier starts to our mornings. 

I had planned to take this past week off from the office. Both children are home. There were no deadlines to meet in the office. And yet, the week was filled with lovely garden related events...

Sunday…

28/03
2015
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February rolls into March - what is happening in the garden?

Some gardeners hate February. I am not one of those people. I love the sudden changes in the weather - those days when the wind drops and in the sunshine it is almost warm enough to garden in a t-shirt yet in the deep shade of the hedges the frost remains all day. Those beautiful clear days are usually followed by cold nights, the stars close enough to touch, hard frosts, and then by seemingly never-ending…

01/03
2015
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The Perfect Sunday

I hope you were all outside yesterday. It was a great day - less wind, more sun - and thankfull it happened at the weekend!

My Sunday started in a relaxed fashion. A bit of a lie-in, followed by a bowl of porridge, a mug of coffee,  and in the background Radio 4 Desert Island Discs featuring Dan Pearson. Bliss.

It then continued outside into our garden for the first 'real' day of…

09/02
2015
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