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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October 8, 2013

Liz Ackerley of Poppyhead Consultancy is the Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the year Oct 2013 with her winning garden: The Gourmet Retreat

I have now returned from the NEC and Grand Designs Live having won the title: Garden Designer of the Year!  It has been a bit of a roller coaster journey and I am thrilled, following 5 weeks of preparation after shortlisting at the end of August, to be awarded the title.  After all the pre-work,…

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October 1, 2013

Day 1 of the build of my Gourmet Retreat Grand Designs Live show garden

The first day of the build is complete – its been quite a day!  First of all I’d like to thank everyone for all their well wishes yesterday and today-it is much appreciated and I feel very lucky to have such support.   It was an early start to the day:  4.45 from Manchester for…

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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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