Journal

CHANGING TASTES IN GARDEN DESIGN

This year, the Society of Garden Designers celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we asked twelve of their long-standing members to share their thoughts on the changing taste in garden design over the last four decades.  We quizzed them on how we used our gardens now, how styles in planting design had developed […]

How Virtual Reality is Changing the World of Garden Design

No longer the preserve of gaming and entertainment, virtual reality (VR) is already becoming a familiar tool in the interior design and architectural industries, so it’s no surprise that garden designers are beginning to see its potential too. Our client Helen Elks-Smith is currently demonstrating the technology in the new BBC2 series ‘Your Garden Made […]

How to Commission a garden designer

It felt like everyone fell back in love with their gardens last year. With more of us required to work from home, gardens became both an essential extension of our homes and a welcome sanctuary. Interest in gardening appeared to spike too with a 2020 survey suggesting that 62% of lockdown gardeners found it vital […]

DESIGNING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Large or small, balcony or courtyard, our gardens are a vast living landscape that together can help nature’s recovery from the environmental crisis we face.   The patchwork effect of many wildlife-friendly gardens is massive and, whilst much more still needs to be done, there are many brilliant examples of ordinary people creating beautiful, ecologically diverse […]

UP ON THE ROOF

“Imagine yourself up on the roof, surrounded by buildings, but somehow slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of life below: scanning the city from your own secret haven.” So says our client John Wyer of Bowles & Wyer who has been designing and building roof gardens for over 25 years.  We thought some of […]

Nuture through Nature

This month should have seen the return of Robert Myers, one of the UK’s leading garden designers, to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a Main Avenue garden to mark the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Cancelled due to the pandemic, the garden would have celebrated not only a remarkable nurse and social reformer, but […]

The Healing Power of Gardens

The irony that a worldwide pandemic should be the reason behind the cancellation of an RHS Chelsea Show garden to celebrate Florence Nightingale, and all she did in advocating the importance of cleanliness in fighting infection, is not lost on us. But being in lockdown has also reminded us of the therapeutic value of gardens […]

Penelope Hobhouse – a short film

Back in July 2019, we managed the production of a short film with the renowned garden designer, writer and historian Penelope Hobhouse MBE.  It was such a treat to meet her at her home, shortly before her 90th birthday. We have happy memories of sharing homemade cottage pie with her, while she told us about […]

GARDEN DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2020

Every year, just before Christmas, we ask some of the Society of Garden Designers’ members for their trend predictions for the year ahead. We want to hear about the design ideas gaining momentum and the planting, materials and detailing the designers will be incorporating into their projects in the coming months.  Here are some of […]

How to Create a Beautiful Winter Garden

Winter is often a forgotten season in the garden but it doesn’t have to be, there are plenty of opportunities to carry a garden through the colder months in style.   A well-designed winter garden can be full of elegant, architectural foliage, vibrant stems and dramatic colours.  We asked five designers from The Society of […]

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