GARDEN DESIGN BLOG. IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND NEWS

Please do browse my garden design blog; in it you’ll find garden ideas, inspiration and product reviews, reports from Shows including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, pretty pictures from places I’ve been, a bit of arty stuff (paintings and drawings) and anything else I find interesting that I think you might enjoy too.

John Makepeace’s garden of grasses, Dorset

I had a bit of a busman’s holiday last Sunday, visiting the eminent furniture maker John Makepeace’s garden in Beaminster. It’s always interesting seeing how a craftsman in one medium transfers ideas and concepts into another, and the Makepeace garden is no exception.  I suppose it’s no surprise that there are few straight lines, given that […]

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20th century garden design in dorset and somerset

A week ago I had just come back from leading a tour of West Country gardens for Martin Randall Travel.  I had given the tour the theme of 20th century garden designers, exploring a range of gardens from early Arts and Crafts (Athelhampton) through to two contemporary private gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd and Dan Pearson. Christopher […]

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Cothay Manor

I recently re-visited the garden at Cothay Manor in Somerset, as I am leading a tour of West Country gardens in a few weeks time for Martin Randall Travel and wanted to see if there were changes I should be prepared for!  The tour is focusing on 20th century gardens, ‘from Jekyll to Pearson’, and will […]

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Chelsea flower show 2010 build up and press day

I’m incredibly fortunate in being able to spend a couple of days at the Chelsea Flower Show each year.  I love the atmosphere during build-up with its mix of nerves, exhaustion, adrenaline and steely determination to create perfection against tough odds. This year, not surprisingly, it’s been the weather that has been the main topic […]

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