In any walk of life training is now an accepted part of improving yourself and making progress in your chosen field. Garden Design and indeed gardening are two areas that, frankly, I don’t think you could ever have too much knowledge or experience. Every day throws us something new which is part of why I, along with many others, love gardens and garden design.
Entries Tagged as 'networking'
February 7th, 2011 1 Comment
September 2nd, 2010 No Comments
Twitter has a lot to answer for. How else would you get 25 people from around the country to visit a garden on a glorious sunny , early September afternoon.
Meeting before going to the garden it was clear that all was not quite as it might have been! In order that the 25 recognise each other we were invited to wear a button hole in the true spirit of a blind date. All was going swimmingly with assorted flora being sported until one of our number arrived wearing a half eaten digestive biscuit secured with a badly mis-shapen paperclip!
Perhaps I should explain that this gathering was no ordinary outing but a meeting of gardening enthusiasts of various persuasions found loitering with intent on Twitter and the garden we were to visit was Highgrove, the garden of HRH Prince Charles. The biscuit arrived courtesy of James Alexander-Sinclair which somehow saw the topic of conversation move on to cakes.
May 11th, 2010 No Comments
One of my main reasons for visiting as a Garden Designer is to look at the Show Gardens. Malvern isn’t known as a hotbed for innovation particularly but it can provide some neat glimpses at how other designers approach a garden or planting and I particularly enjoyed chatting with Deb Bird about her garden The Nature of Nurture which particularly struck a chord as I learned much of my gardening from my parents and grandparents. Perhaps one of the most interesting ideas though came in the Schools Section, where two gardens featured greenhouses made from recycled plastic bottles.
March 27th, 2010 2 Comments
Gardening can be quite a lonely pastime. Hours spent pottering amongst the borders tending those delicate blooms and marvelling at nature as she goes about her business. Don’t get me wrong I am very comfortable with my own company but sometimes it’s good to share your experiences with others. Debate designs, discuss plants and share passion for gardens.
As owner of the Garden Network I make an effort whenever I can to get out and meet members. It’s fantastic to put faces to names. These are people that only exist in a sort of parallel universe normally – today I was going to meet them for real.
March 13th, 2010 No Comments
John is a hugely influential garden designer who was designing gardens before it became fashionable to do so and in so doing developed methods of designing that are widely used today by a great many garden designers. I am a big fan of his grid system and it forms the basis of many of my garden designs.
John was speaking to the Oxford College of Garden Design at St. Hugh’s College Oxford on Thursday 11th March, 2010 and I travelled there to hear him speak. I was immediately taken by his genuine warmth and passion for garden design. John has been designing gardens for many years and he has clearly lost none of his enthusiasm.
February 26th, 2010 No Comments
Rural insurer NFU Mutual is delighted to announce a new affinity partnership with the Garden Network From 1st March 2010, NFU Mutual will become the Garden Network’s exclusive insurance provider, meaning it can promote its range of insurance, pensions and investments to the Garden Network membership. Blanche Surman, Affinity Marketing Executive at NFU Mutual [...]
February 5th, 2010 1 Comment
My first visit to this event this year and was surrounded by well known journalists and media people all keen to see what was new in the world of gardening. I went with my Garden Network hat on – not really knowing what to expect! Here is my first take on the event – there [...]
May 13th, 2009 No Comments
Networking is a brilliant way of doing business. It allows you to meet a huge range of different people from all walks of life and share your ideas, contacts and to glean valuable information which can help in your business life. It’s also pretty popular for social circle building too. Realising the value of these [...]
February 15th, 2009 No Comments
I watched, waited and learnt a few lessons. 1. Some people are definitely worth following. The power of their network of followers can work for you. This is not by direct selling but through referrals to people who share a common interest or goal. 2. I have noticed quite a few people who seem to [...]
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 [...]