Journal

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 […]

CAN A GARDEN ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME?

Outdoor spaces enrich our lives, whether it’s a family garden to get children playing outdoors, a water garden to attract wildlife or a garden in which to relax and entertain. But can a well-designed garden with ‘wow’ factor add value to your house in the same way a kitchen or bathroom can? We compiled a […]

The role of a garden designer – a short film

Many people are confused about the role a professional garden designer plays.  Unlike an architect, their services are sometimes seen as an expensive luxury, rather than considered to be fundamental to the success of a garden project. For the Society of Garden Designers, the challenge was to demystify this belief and show the public that […]

GARDEN DESIGN TRENDS

Trend spotting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has become an annual tradition for us. RHS Chelsea has been called the ‘greatest event in the horticultural calendar’ and the show has always maintained a huge influence on tastes in garden design. It is celebrated as the place to explore some of the most cutting-edge ideas […]

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