March 29, 2015

Our Kitchen garden extension (The Boutique Allotment Plus)

  Ha Ha, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! You may recall my previous blogs about my love of kitchen gardens, both designing them and managing them! This passion includes advising clients and designing their kitchen gardens. You may also recall my award-winning show garden at Grand Designs Live with the…

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February 27, 2015

In memory of trees

This last week I have been fortunate enough to pay a visit to an established UK tree nursery: Hilliers in Hampshire.  Hilliers are about much more than trees with a portfolio of garden centres, cash and carry and shrub and perennials supply. Here, I am focusing upon tree supply as this was the purpose of…

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December 31, 2014

Architectural Plants –what’s in a name?

One of my current projects is a new build contemporary property in Cheshire and we are appointed to design the landscape design for the scheme. The brief for the landscape is related to an inside outside approach where the building is very contemporary, with materials of glass, wood, natural stone and white render. A modernist…

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November 30, 2014

A gardener’s Roof Terrace in Manchester

This year, we have been fortunate enough to be commissioned to design and oversee the construction of a number of roof terraces in several different cities in the UK and you can see some of our previous work  on our portfolio page as well as on the Houzz site. The latest to be completed is…

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October 19, 2014

Ask An Expert: My landscape design advice for new build and renovation projects

Last weekend (9-12th October 2014) I was lucky enough to be asked by Grand Designs Live at the NEC, Birmingham, UK  to participate in the Ask An Expert section.  I was completely booked up for the duration.  Most enquiries were related to the approach to new build and renovation project landscapes and how to  plan the entire…

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June 8, 2014

An impromptu visit to York Gate

York Gate has been at the top of my ‘Gardens to Visit’ list for sometime and ever since I reviewed the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) book: The Gardens of England  which referred to the garden and its interesting if not short history, I have been even more determined! Opening for the first time to the…

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May 26, 2014

Up on the roof: creation of a contemporary roof terrace

Over the past several weeks, one of our roof terrace schemes has been created, 15 floors up, with spectacular views of Manchester and beyond. Usually, when a landscape build is taking place you say it is ‘on the ground’; here, it is very definitely ‘in the sky’! It is a stunning location and, with the…

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May 16, 2014

Garden and landscape design: you get what you pay for!

A storm has been brewing in my mind for a while and now I feel its time for a little thundercloud to burst!!   Those who are not keen on controversy or who are used to my more image-based blogs may want to stop reading now!!  My subject matter is of course money: the costs of…

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May 7, 2014

Grand designs live Revisited with my Gourmet Retreat Garden

Phew just back in Manchester today after 2 days at Grand Designs Live in London – what a busy couple of days!!   Having won the Grand designs Live competition for Garden Designer of the year in Birmingham October 2013,  I was invited to visit  the London show to discuss my Gourmet Retreat urban kitchen…

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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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