September 29, 2013

WK5 of my exciting journey as Grand Designs Finalist: Prefabrication & final sourcing

I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone, although the last 5 weeks has been rather a whirlwind to be honest!  This is the last weekend before the build which starts Tuesday (1st October) and I am at the ‘Lists and lists of lists’ stage.   This is not for the feint hearted!  All of…

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September 22, 2013

WK4 of my exciting journey as Grand Designs Finalist: Food & flowers

This week has seen more progress on my growing and obtaining of plants for my Gourmet Retreat garden.  The plants for my show garden, like the hard landscaping, play a critical part, both from aesthetic (colour; texture and form) and functional  (for eating; attracting beneficial insects; scent, structure and sensory value) viewpoints, in creating a…

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September 15, 2013

WK3 of my exciting journey as Grand Designs Finalist: The hard stuff

This last week (from 9th to 15th September) has seen much in the way of evolution of the process of organizing my Gourmet Retreat show garden.  I have been lucky enough to secure the help and support of David Binks & his team at Landstruction and together we have been planning the detail of my…

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September 9, 2013

WK2 of my exciting journey as Grand Designs Live finalist: Support & suppliers

Once the clock is ticking towards the build of a show garden (In my case this will be in just 3 weeks time on 1st October!), time really does move fast!  And breath…….     For the last couple of weeks I have spent much time identifying, contacting and negotiating with all the key suppliers…

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September 3, 2013

WK 1 of my exciting journey as Grand Designs Live finalist: The Gourmet Retreat

Selection   I must admit to being somewhat of a garden show supporter, as you will see from my blogs on several RHS shows.  Whilst I may be happy to support several others who have done shows this year, or perhaps to write reviews, this doesn’t really translate to me doing a show garden myself!! …

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