May 31, 2015

The Modern Garden : A basis for dynamic and functional landscape design

This month we were appointed to design the outside space, of a new build modernist eco property in Birmingham.   This is an exciting project for us, as fans of this style, because the property is a clean lined modern property, which warrants a similar powerful modernist narrative for the landscape. In this first of a…

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April 30, 2015

Fabricating bespoke design features

As a landscape designer, the components of a design often require fabrication separately to the creation of the space itself. They may require special materials, skills, tools and facilities to create the elements. Often, especially for roof terrace design and unusual spaces or particular garden projects, I work with local UK-based fabricators to create elements…

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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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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 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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October 27, 2013

A blog for Autumn

I have always loved autumn.  It is my favourite season and when, 25+ years ago my sister announced she was emigrating to the southern hemisphere I couldn’t help but think:  How could she miss out on all those British autumns!  It didn’t bear contemplating!  Some years later, whilst work took me frequently to America, I…

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August 5, 2013

Poppyhead Consultancy: Sweet dreams are made of this…

I have been running Poppyhead Consultancy full-time for just over one month (from 1st July 2013) so I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about me and our business so you can get a flavour for what we are about and our passion for garden design.  You can also hear…

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Filed under: Garden Design Cheshire & Manchester,Inspiration — Liz @ 5:24 am
July 22, 2013

Top Tips for Small gardens & courtyards

At Poppyhead we have a passion for and interest in small gardens & courtyards, balconies & roof terraces.  I think this is because we have grown up with them (my very first garden was tiny and now we have a small courtyard and a boutique allotment!-you will probably have seen my extensive blogs, pictures and…

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July 15, 2013

Employing the services of a garden/landscape designer: Why use us?

Everyone has seen those garden makeovers on the TV, which claim to turn your garden around in half an hour, and with little money.  However,  to get something of quality, that will grow and develop effectively, isn’t quite as simple, or as cheap as that, although it doesn’t have to break the bank.  But would…

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June 24, 2013

Why the grass isn’t always greener- Alternatives to lawn

Perfect green lawns are an English obsession and have been so for centuries- the sweeping green lawns of Capability Brown in the 17th Century are iconic statements and without the lawnmower, cricket, football, ruby & tennis would not have become the games they are today.  But are traditional lawns always appropriate in our gardens? Will…

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