JOURNAL

WELCOME OLIVIA

The Winter is a great time to spend planning for the Spring. It may seem a long way off, but if you don’t do it now you will miss the boat. So many clients come to me around March – May inspired by daffodils, sunny spring mornings and Chelsea Flower Show…

PLAN AHEAD

The Winter is a great time to spend planning for the Spring. It may seem a long way off, but if you don’t do it now you will miss the boat. So many clients come to me around March – May inspired by daffodils, sunny spring mornings and Chelsea Flower Show…

THE MAKING OF A GARDEN. PART.1.

I was asked to look at this project in August 2016, as the final stage of the development of this property. The house having been renovated in 2014/15…

THE MAKING OF A GARDEN. PART.2

The transformation of a garden from paper plan to reality often exceeds expectations. Occasionally it more than exceeds expectations.

South Hayes is one of those. When I returned to it in June following planting in March I was amazed at how well the little P9 plants had come on…

QUALITY GARDEN FURNITURE

During the warmer months the garden can become an extension of our homes. We like to sit, sunbathe, eat and generally relax in our gardens, especially after working so hard out there to make them look beautiful and relaxing…

FIRE IN THE GARDEN

Now that spring is almost upon us, I love to sit outside as the evenings gradually stay lighter for longer. But it can be quite chilly, even in the summer – certainly our British summers! So what better way to keep warm than by sitting by a roaring fire. Especially with friends and family, toasting marshmallows…

FROM THE HIGH LINE AND BEYOND

It was exciting enough to be visiting New York in 2013 as a fully-fledged Garden Designer. So I was more than excited to have the opportunity to visit the High Line. If you’ve not heard of it before, it’s a public park of landscape designs, art installations and more…

HOMES AND GARDENS MAGAZINE – JULY 2016

I was fortunate enough to have Lynn Keddie photograph two of my gardens, one of which got published in Good House Keeping last year, while the second has just been featured in Homes and Gardens – July issue…

BIODIVERSITY IN CLAPHAM JUNCTION

I often get asked to produce landscape designs for planning applications. Sometimes they simply involve a layout with a few notes about plants, but occasionally they offer up something more interesting…

UNSUNG HEROES OF CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

Whenever I visit Chelsea Flower Show I’m always in awe of how simply beautiful the place looks, and so different every year. It makes me wonder about the amount of work that must have gone into creating the stunning spaces, making each area look totally natural…

MY FIVE FAVOURITE GARDEN DESIGN BOOKS

It is extremely satisfying to design gardens for my clients, as well as myself. Garden design is a very creative process, so having patience while it takes shape is a necessary quality! And sometimes, a little bit of inspiration is required…

LOOKING BACK AT MARYLEBONE

The definition of a garden is an interesting one a bit like ‘What is Art?’ Does ‘Garden’ immediately conjure up the image of plants? Are they an imperative in a garden..?

BIG HUGS FOR TREES

Sustainable planting is a hot topic in landscape design and the role of the tree is central to it. As Rita von Schoenaich warned at the Big Tree Debate at the Garden Museum last year, in 100 years’ time there would no longer be any big old trees in London as we are no longer replanting them…

CHELSEA 2015

The concept for Chelsea 2015 came from a comment made by David Harber while on the stand in 2014…..’Next year I’d like to try something different’. So, we challenged him to take the gamble of placing his sculptures in a shady, woodland glade setting.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONCEPTUAL SHOW GARDENS

When it comes to gardens, plants and artistic design, there is one thing that I would love to see more of in the UK, and that’s conceptual show gardens. That desire probably comes as much from my background in fine art as it does from my training in garden design and my interest in architecture…

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW BUILD 2016

The build of Chelsea Flower Show is just as exciting as the show itself. A bare lawn with only an obelisk in the middle of it is turned into over 25 show gardens and at least 400 trade stands plus the Grand Marquee which showcases specialist nurseries and flower arrangements…

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