Monday, 30 May 2011

But my favourite is most definitely the Telegraph Garden




Designed by Cleve West, a magical space with walls retaining at seat level, so wherever you walk you can pause, sit and enjoy, I managed to gain access to Cleve's garden and even had a brief chat with him. I loved it even more once in the space. The star plant at the show for me is most certainly Dianthus cruentus, with its crimson flowers which looked wonderful in amongst the cotswold stone, with its elegant stems and deep red flower. The statuesque columns, the wonderful dry stone walls and planting that had space, looked natural and certainly did not look like it was only planted a week ago!!!! The play with water with the water pipes and channel through the garden with stone stepping stones, all beautifully executed and inspirational.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011 Homebase

Designed by Tom Hoblyn, I really liked the play with water, the rills crossed and curved before spilling into the main swimming pool.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011 Cancer Research UK


Designed by Robert Myers, I was lucky enough to gain access onto this garden on Saturday afternoon to have a real look round and enjoy the space. How lucky... I was hoping to find Emma who works for Robert and who I studied with at Greenwich University during our final 'master planning' year. I particularly liked the linear reflective pools in amongst the gravel and stones.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011 Laurent Perrier




Designed by Luciano Guibellei, The planting included crown lifted multi stemmed Parrotia Persica trees, which created a wonderful structure and cohesive flow throughout the garden, the planting included a frothy mix of Verbascums, Salvia, Iris, Deschampsia and Fennel which contrasted well with the structural trees

Chelsea Flower Show 2011 Principality of Monaco


Designed by Sarah Eberle, a Wonderful, bright and inviting garden, the weather on saturday was grey but the garden was tantalisingly seductive. I loved the green wall, the lavender roof, the sustainable eucalyptus deck, the simplicity in the lines, the selection of plants, the view from the publics perspective, through the glass and into the inviting pool.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011

I spent the day on Saturday at the Chelsea Flower Show, primarily to assist on the stand as a Volunteer for the Society of Garden Designers, offering free consultations and talking to the public to promote the society and explain how it works and what it is. A great day with like minded people passionate about good design and gardens. Here's the stand:

In my breaks I rushed around at 100 mph trying to photograph some of the gardens, I didn't manage to see them all but here's my highlights.

Twickenham courtyard garden

Our second Twickenham garden seems to be going well, landscapers OUtdoor Creations SW London are making great progress almost ready for the second lot of plants.

Faced with an existing garden wall and a large rattan sofa, I chose a wall mounted water feature to save on space and utilise the wall. Pretty pleased, they are doing a grand job!

Looking forward to seeing this one completed.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Planting at Tunbridge WElls with Garden Design almost graduates!


I had a great team of planting helpers last week at the garden in Tunbridge Wells, we almost completed the first phase in 1 day, well done to everyone a great days work in the sunshine!

Cor-ten steel rusting nicely, eremurus flowering already!!!

I visited Chislehurst garden this week, the owners are doing a grand job of watering during this very dry spring, we planted this garden about 6 weeks ago. This weather is mad, I have fully grown figs, tomatoes already in the greenhouse and the alliums and irises are a month early, how will they cope at Chelsea flower show this year!