January 31, 2015

The legacy of Beth Chatto: Ecology and Aesthetics: a powerful association

At a Society of Garden Designers ceremony in London to celebrate the best of garden design and garden designers last night, the well known plants woman Beth Chatto was awarded the John Brookes Lifetime achievement award!- Hip hip hurrah for such a fitting tribute to a lady that has given so much to the profession and our approach…

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July 12, 2014

Sculpture heaven

Whilst spending time on the West Coast of Wales recently, we stumbled upon this quirky, thought-provoking, out of the way place: SculptureHeaven. We nearly missed this one : it was nearing the end of our stay and the start of a surprisingly grey day (all the others had been sunny with blue skies, amazing for…

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Filed under: Garden & show visits — Liz @ 8:39 pm
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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December 8, 2013

On top of the world: The Birmingham Library Roof Terraces

My recent visit to Birmingham was memorable for a number of reasons; firstly I met with so many great businesses and the entrepreneur shopkeeper himself Theo Paphitis at the SBS awards at the ICC.  It was an inspiring and enjoyable event, meeting with so many fantastic small businesses from chocolate makers to lawyers.  It was…

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July 29, 2013

Plant winners for me at Tatton

  There were so many different plants that I loved at RHS Tatton Flower show this year,  I am afraid that I was a little bit ‘child in a sweetshop’!  However, within the main show gardens, there were a few plants or plant combinations that stood out for me, either for particular characteristics or for their…

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July 28, 2013

Tatton Flower Show 2013: Ideas to take away!

Following my visit to the RHS Tatton Flower show 2013 on 25th July in glorious sunshine,  I have captured some of my thoughts on the gardens in an article for Cheshire Life (September edition, available in a few weeks time).  Show gardens are great for inspiration and ideas.  Here are a selection of initial thoughts…

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June 10, 2013

All for show: My show garden experience at Gardeners World Live (NEC June 2013)

Although I am a chartered landscape architect and garden designer with over 13 years experience in the profession, it is only recently that I have gone back to my roots (excuse the pun) to set up my own company Poppyhead Consultancy delivering garden and landscape design services.  Prior to this I was responsible for the…

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May 28, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-my impressions mark 3: Favourite plants

I have to confess that I spent so much time looking around the show gardens at Chelsea (check out my favourites here) that by the time I was able to get to the Grand Pavillion in the late afternoon and some of the nursery plants, I was a little bit exhausted (I suppose that I…

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May 25, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 2: My top themes from Chelsea

  As ever with remarkable RHS shows such as Chelsea, there is a huge amount to see and take in: its rather like being in a favourite perfume or clothes shop!.  Despite the mass of things to experience, from show gardens to stalls to plant displays in the Great Pavilion, there were a number of…

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May 24, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 1: Favourite gardens

  This week I was fortunate enough to attend the 100th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea flower show and not surprisingly, much has changed in that 100 years.  Moreover, I have not visited the show for 10 years and in that time I have seen a marked shift in focus; whilst good…

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