I’m sure we are all concerned that we are going to struggle over the coming months with isolation, boredom and frustration, not to mention feeling the lack of exercise and fresh air. The concept that I have come up with will give you a project that is easily achievable and requires no personal contact or site visits.
creating a garden can help reduce the negative impacts of staying at home during the coronavirus crisis
It’s lovely to be able to give people a project at this time and heartening to have feedback from some of my coronagarden clients:
“We are super-chuffed, thank you – it is a truly lovely design” CB
” The plans look absolutely stunning and we are so looking forward to creating this” NG
There is plenty of proven research on the health benefits of gardens. Just looking at a beautiful garden will speed up recovery times for hospital patients, while those patients need fewer medicines and pain killers. Physically, the exercise required for making a garden – not to mention the benefits of sunshine while you’re doing it – release feel-good endorphins and generate a huge sense of satisfaction and achievement.
As if this wasn’t enough, being around plants has been shown to improve concentration and memory, with proximity to flowers boosting mood and reducing the incidence of stress-related depression. For those now homeschooling children, those who spend time with plants will learn better.
a garden just for you that you can easily make yourself
Specifically for this crisis, I have developed a service that I have called ‘coronagarden’. The idea is simple; drawing on 20 years’ experience, I know how to make changes to a garden space that will dramatically improve how it looks and feels – minimum changes for maximum improvement. I know the tricks of the trade that will allow you to feel uplifted or calm. You’ve seen already the physical and mental health benefits that making and being in a garden can give you; in addition, having a project to do, one that you can do alone or involve the whole family with, will help give some purpose to these difficult months. And at the end of that time, when we start to come out of this, you will have a beautiful garden to enjoy for the remainder of the summer.
I understand that you are not a professional landscaper, and that you won’t be able to employ a professional to do the works for you while this crisis lasts (and that also defeats the purpose!). All designs will therefore be easily achievable, relying on soft landscaping rather than built structures, and will use fast-growing plants to give immediate impact this summer.
Just to show you the power of a good layout and plants, have a look at the before and after below – taken from the same position would you believe, in its first season after planting. Also you might want to look at my large country garden – to keep costs down, much of the structure here was created with plants rather than hard landscaping, and much of the planting was from meadow mixes planted as seed.
so how does it work?
STEP 1 decide which of the garden moods you would like; you can select from UPLIFTING, CALM or FUN. UPLIFTING will use vibrant harmonious colours; CALM will use paler colours with greens, pastels and whites. FUN will include lots of easy-to-grow flowers that children especially enjoy and will include some edibles.
STEP 2 contact me at email@example.com to receive full instructions for your beautiful garden project
what will I receive?
- an easy to follow sheet showing you the measurements I need you to take
- a 25 metre tape
- a personally designed garden plan
- a written list of plant quantities and suppliers
- an easy to follow step-by-step guide to making your garden
and what about the cost?
I am offering this service at £295 which covers any garden (or garden area) that can be seen all at once. This includes most suburban and semi-rural rear gardens, and some front gardens. If you have a complex space, or would like several garden areas included, this may incur additional design fees – please send me photos in this instance and I can advise you further. Please note that implementation costs, including the plants, are not included in this fee, although as there is no hard landscaping, you’ll find it’s not expensive to create these gardens!