April 27, 2014

Exotic Gardens

  Recently (sat 26th April 2014) I attended the Society of Garden Designers spring conference at Imperial College, South Kensington, London, one of two conferences per year that the Society holds for its members.  The alluring theme of the day was, as the title gives away: Exotic.  This was a first time in a number…

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April 20, 2014

The Boutique Allotment: Size isn’t everything!

It has been a while since I talked about our Boutique Allotment on the blog, so thought I would give you an update on progress now that spring is well and truly here!  Given the phrase Boutique Allotment, you probably realize that space is at a premium for us.  Indeed I am sure that there…

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April 14, 2014

Free-hand Sketching –What’s the point?

As a landscape architect without a previous background in fine arts, drawing has not exactly been something that I was brought up with.  Yet it is a critical skill for design and the further I progress, the more I realize its fundamental importance to design practice and the quality of my designs-it’s a way of…

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April 6, 2014

Creating inspired courtyard gardens-tips for success

Recently Poppyhead was commissioned to design a contemporary potager garden attached to a Victorian villa in Cheshire.  The garden is going to be terraced on 3 levels.   A layering of perennials, climbers and shrubs together with herbs vegetables and fruit are the order of the day, with natural materials including natural stone, gravel and wood…

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