A group of around twenty people brought together by a love of gardens and the phenomenon known as Twitter were welcomed to The Laskett by the head gardener. The introduction was, in some respects, an apology. an apology for all the shortcomings of the gardens we were about to see: That it had been designed and built in stages on a tight budget: That there were only two gardeners working four days a week; That it was changing – implying that the owners weren’t necessarily happy with it; It was almost as if he was saying don’t expect too much of this garden – this of course after we had all paid our £10 entrance fee!
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July 3rd, 2011 5 Comments
March 17th, 2011 No Comments
It is perhaps appropriate that tomorrow is Red Nose Day 2011. What better way to get you in the mood than to listen to an American, with a passion for gardening and an almost British sense of humour – his dry wit had clearly missed most of his American audiences but was most definitely not lost on his very english audience tonight.
Though organised by Derry Watkins of Special Plants fame (who was keen to point out that her gardens were now open on Tuesdays) – who is of course american herself, Dan Hinkley drew a large audience to the Bath University Gardening Club to illustrate a talk on two Pacific North West gardens. The climate there seemed pretty similar to Britain with some oddities bought about by its coastal location.
June 30th, 2010 6 Comments
The element of the Green Dock that I had particularly come to see however was the large rectangular formal garden with ribbons of topiarised Yew hedging trimmed in undulating waves running the entire length of the garden, crossed overhead with angled walkways.
March 31st, 2010 1 Comment
In an article today appearing in Horticulture Week, research by multimedia retailer QVC shows that an untidy garden can knock £5,000 off the value of your property. That’s a lot of hard earned money going down the drain!
August 28th, 2009 No Comments
Designing gardens gives me great pleasure. I have a passion about getting the most out of a space and watching the garden develop over time. This however pales into complete insignificance when the people who get most excited about the garden is the the people whose garden it is! when their friends and family also [...]
Guest blog | Marketing in a recession | 51 Low-Cost or No-Cost Ways to Promote Your Business During a Recession
February 19th, 2009 1 Comment
This blog is copied with the permission of the 60 Second Marketer Team at www.60secondmarketer.com Whilst the content is clearly aimed at the US there are a lot of universal ideas here to share! The other day, the 60 Second Marketer team sat down and came up with 51 low-cost or no-cost ways to promote [...]
February 13th, 2009 No Comments
Just recently I adopted Twitter as a means of networking. Why? In a previous blog I said I was unsure how Twitter could help me and my garden design business on the basis that it is essentially a “social network”. The concept of networking and personal referrals was an area completely alien to me until [...]
January 28th, 2009 2 Comments
Kevin McLoud of TV’s Grand Designs article on ‘No better time to build a home’ in The Telegaph has an excellent theme and has some sound advice. But maybe you don’t want to be quite that adventurous just yet! Perhaps first of all you would be more comfortable making the most of what you have [...]
January 18th, 2009 2 Comments
I have recently been introduced to this exciting online networking application. My initial thoughts were that it was of little importance as a business tool. Many of the postings seemed to be about walking the dog or what people were having for tea – not too inspiring! The reason for this is that Twitter is [...]