September 30, 2015

Helping us manage water and heat in towns and cities: A vital role for Green Space

Water shortages and floods as well as heat build up are becoming more common; partly because of climate change that is resulting in more extreme weather patterns but also, because of the way we use and manage the land. As hedges, woodlands and natural wetlands have been removed the countryside has become far less absorbent.…

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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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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 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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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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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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