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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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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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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September 19, 2014

Know your onions? (or are they enough to make you cry?)

It occurred to me recently, that onions play an important part in our boutique allotment and garden life (perhaps I should get out more?) not just as a vegetable but also as flavorsome herbs and as ornamental plants in the form of flowering alliums which are amongst my favourite bulbs in contemporary gardens for their…

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September 7, 2014

Gorgeous grasses

I have always had a love for ornamental grasses and the contribution they make to a planting scheme. At Capel Manor college some 15 years ago, where I first studied landscape design, there were some great  mixed perennial planting schemes including grasses and  I started to develop a big love for this family of plants…

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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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March 8, 2014

Raising the roof with Lavender!

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a series of workshops at the Kensington Roof gardens in London, about yes, you’ve guessed it: Green Roofs and roof gardens!! As you know, this is a particular interest of ours as we design roof terraces as part of our portfolio of outside spaces.   One of the…

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February 23, 2014

A Designer’s guide to: Planting Design

For the last several weeks, I have been involved in teaching on a university landscape architecture course and the subject of that teaching is planting design.  It’s a big subject and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been taught in the past by some great planting designers including Hilary Thomas, Kim Page and Andrew Wilson. …

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Filed under: Designers' guides & Design Process,Planting Design — Liz @ 10:34 am
January 27, 2014

Contemporary Roof Terraces : Poppyhead Planting Design approaches

  As you will know if you have read my previous blogs on the subject, I am a great fan of gardens in the sky, with memories of the stunning High Line in New York and Promenade Plantee in Paris as well as visions of terraces closer to home-you might say I am a roof terrace…

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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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