RHS Hampton Court 2015

Hampton Court Palace flower show 2015 could not have gone better for our first show garden appearance.  Being awarded a Silver Gilt medal and having the honour of receiving the People’s Choice Award for best small garden was truly the icing on the cake.  Here’s a few pictures of the finished garden.











Take a look at my RHS Hampton Court pintrest board to see its progress

Take a look at the recent article published in Landscape & Urban Design (page 60 & 61)

Take a look at the RHS article for the garden

A Few favourites from RHS Chelsea 2014

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 …

I love my yearly visit to Chelsea, so even with a broken foot I managed with the help of some friends to spend an afternoon topping up on design inspiration.  Due to limitations I had to plan my time and focussed on the show gardens only, I wasn’t disappointed.  The patinated copper archways of the Brewin Dolphin Garden by Matthew Childs were magical, the elliptical pond filled with dyed black water in the Tour de Yorkshire garden by Alistair Baldwin was contemplative and my favourite along with the peoples choice was the Hope on the Horizon garden by Matt Keightley with granite blocks symbolising the soldiers’  physical being and the planting to reflect their psychological wellbeing.

Take a look at my RHS Chelsea pintrest board to see a few pictures of my 2014  favourites 

Sculpture and it’s place in the garden.

Ever caught a glimpse of a statue at the end of an avenue or pathway and thought ‘oooh I must go and look at that’…

Or you might have seen a group of animals or children playing in the flowerbeds or on a beautifully manicured lawn drawing your eye to that specific point in the garden? Well, they weren’t put there by accident but by design.  Sculpture has a galvanizing effect on a garden.  Sculpture, broadly defined, may be a specific and official “Work of Art” or a compelling gate, seat or gazebo that provides a focal point while adding to the interplay between the garden “proper” (i.e. the plants and their arrangement) and the architectural elements.  A well placed sculpture brings significant interest to a garden by not only giving the viewer something lovely to look at but by leading the viewer’s eye and hopefully feet around your garden.

Today a multitude of materials are used ranging from stone, metal, wood, resin, perspex and glass to meet varied customer tastes and budgets.  That gives a massive choice to meet your specific garden requirement.   It may be that you have a small garden and can only fit in a water feature – why not combine the two things by using an amazing sculpture that’s also a water feature?  Even smaller gardens can think about the use of pots, water baths and wall planters to incorporate sculpture and interest.

For the larger garden and budget why not take a look at David Harbers amazing contemporary collection of garden sculpture http://www.davidharber.co.uk you might even consider having a piece specifically commissioned for your garden.

Visit the website of Andrew Illingworth, who has some interesting contemporary garden sculpture in the mid market range http://www.fivetwo.co.uk

Take a look at Guruve for contempary African art using different types of stone http://www.guruve.com

For the smaller budget please visit http://www.sculptureheaven.co.uk for some inspirational ideas especially for the smaller garden.

What’s your style?

Garden design is all about personal choice…

So do you prefer straight lines to curving arcs, traditional planting to minimalist blocks of colour, contemporary stainless steel planters to terracotta pots?  Whatever your desire, there are designs, materials and plants to create the perfect space for you.

To help you realise what your likes and dislikes are please find links below to pinterest mood boards to reflect various different styles which will hopefully make your decisions easier.