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.
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February 7th, 2011 1 Comment
May 3rd, 2010 1 Comment
When you meet an iconic person from your chosen field it is difficult to know what to expect. When that designer has won a prestigious RHS Gold Medal at Chelsea flower show for the stunning Champagne Laurent-Perrier Garden you have a real sense of anticipation. Joy then when Luciano smiles in a totally relaxed greeting. Here [...]
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!
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 23rd, 2010 2 Comments
These days there seem to be an ever increasing number of gardening shows. Each offering their own distinct and unique character. RHS Chelsea Flower Show is of course the pinnacle of such events and attracts a huge amount of media coverage. Television cameras almost rule the show though, with every leaf, petal and stone captured during the extensive coverage of this blue riband event.
For those that cannot wait to get their garden inspiration there is the altogether more relaxed, rural affair that is Malvern.
March 21st, 2010 2 Comments
One such opportunity is Corsham Court, and today I made the commitment to visit. The first day of spring and the house and gardens were open as part of the NGS Scheme. The gardens should have been awash with daffodils and spring bulbs. The owner had been round in the morning and counted just two daffodils actually in bloom! Not quite what he had hoped for in throwing open the gates for this event!
What was interesting though, from a garden design perspective was to see the structure of the gardens when they were void of floral interest. It serves to highlight the importance of getting this right when we look at the layout and design of our own gardens.
Structure is so important and can be achieved using hedging, trees and ornamentation.
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 [...]
April 17th, 2009 No Comments
Occassionally something happens that gets you really excited – something completely out of the blue! That something for me was having the opportunity to get involved with the Garden Network – described by Horticulture Week as “…a networking website that looks set to become the ‘Facebook’ of the Horticulture world.” The site www.garden-network.co.uk has grown [...]