GROW YOUR OWN – NATURALLY!
Gardens have historically been places of healing and equally a source of health, happiness and also FOOD! Since the recent surge on loo roll and produce in the supermarket, there has equally been a renewed focus on “grow your own” and self-sufficiency. Humans have an ingrained natural instinct to forage, gather, till and sow, and it doesn’t take a huge push to get us off our seats and going again…
The buzzword in Garden Design this year, ironically, is the environment! You would assume that by its very nature designing outdoor spaces would automatically have the environment at the forefront. However, we only have to count the number of skips and quantity of concrete, mortar, aggregates, plastic and timber waste generated by each project to realise that the build of a garden can often be far from environmentally friendly.
The transformation of a garden from paper to reality is often quite a journey which both Client, Designer and Landscaper embark upon. The challenges along the way are often unknown at the start of the project, but hopefully the end result is a great garden that far exceeds expectations. South Hayes, was one such journey, and has eclipsed all initial expectations. It has been shortlisted to win the prodigious Association of Professional Landscapers Design Award and we look forward to sharing results, to be announced on the 13th March.
There has been big debate in our village on the outskirts of Oxford, regarding the use of wildflowers for verges. The main ‘fear’ is that they will look messy. ‘Like a load of old weeds’.
Our community matters to us, so it was with great joy that we were commissioned to design a public park, and the opportunity to show how wildflower planting can transform our local parks and green spaces.
APL FINALISTS 2020
We are proud to announce that Sarah Naybour Design Ltd has been shortlisted as a finalist for the APL awards in 2020. The project we submitted was South Hayes for its hugely challenging site and very rewarding build and planting scheme.
Sarah Naybour Design is delighted to welcome on board our new landscape architect and designer Olivia Stewart. She is now contributing years of experience abroad and at home, fuelling the business with her multilingual skills, love of order and detail, and last bit not least a good eye for design.
PLAN FOR SPRING
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…
PLASTICS IN GARDENS
Nothing can quite describe the journey of a garden design, from the initial contact call, meetings, producing plans, then building and finally planting design, the bit where clients really get excited. There is however a cloud overshadowing the whole event, with the arrival of hundreds to thousands of plants in plastic pots, and the resulting mound of non-recyclable waste.
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…
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…