Empowered clients

July 22nd, 2016

I designed this garden in 2009/2010, the hedges were planted spring 2010. My clients have done all the work themselves including the planting and planting design. Lovely areas have been created providing privacy from neighbours and dog walkers in the field beyond. Work is on-going.


In addition to all the soft landscaping, my clients have invested massive amounts of time and energy into creating their garden: levelling the lower lawn and building a beautiful stone terrace.  Levelling the top lawn and creating a another terrace is the next task.

Summer border

July 21st, 2016

Client’s border 2 years after design and planting – blues, purples and whites dominate in this planting scheme.

Willow herons – Strode College

July 14th, 2016

Before

After

This workshop was part of Strode College’s Summer School programme.  The workshop ran from 9am – 3pm with several participants finishing early!

Let your grass grow

July 14th, 2016

Natural meadow area at the centre of Strode College campus, with two table tennis tables in a mown glade at the centre (not shown).  This approach has a lot going for it:  beautiful colours, textures, low maintenance, cheap, easy,  native, beneficial to moths, butterflies and all sorts of other insects…

In a few weeks time the meadow needs to be mown (or scythed) to tidy.

Sold to highest bidder

July 14th, 2016

Willow & silver birch nest

Approximately 1m diameter x 30cm high, with simple metal stand
I am very pleased this sold to the highest bidder at Secret (black) Swan Art Trail, Frome 1-10th July 2016
40% of the sale is being donated to Black Swan Arts towards their current fund raising campaign, see also the 1000 postcards.      http://www.blackswan.org.uk/

Circles – Poundbury

July 4th, 2016

A new garden on the Poundbury estate just outside Dorchester.  This garden is a slightly awkward shape, dominated by a lovely high curved wall, beyond the wall is another high brick wall with a circle embellishment that the clients were keen to reflect in this garden.

The new garden will be lushly planted around gravel circular areas for year round interest and enjoyment.

The Priddy Hog

June 20th, 2016

On Saturday the rainy skies cleared and I helped a small group from the Priddy Folk Festival committee and Mendip Creatives to create a ‘Priddy Hog’.  ‘Hog’ was woven using a sketch drawn by Belinda Brownlea, he will be found at the bar supporting beer cups!

Priddy Folk Festival runs from July 8th – 10th.  www.priddyfolk.org

Murmurations

June 17th, 2016

Home made iris, reedmace, crocosmia cordage murmurations

These forms will be in the exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery from 2nd July – 13th August

Secret Swans – Frome

June 17th, 2016

As part of Frome Festival & Frome Open Studios, I have made a large willow and silver birch nest for the Secret Swans trail that runs from 2nd July – 10th July.

This is an exciting trail – 30 artists in 30 different venues (shops, cafes, galleries…) around the town.  The artwork is available for sale by secret auction.

The event celebrates 30 years of  the Black Swan Arts centre in Frome and money raised will go towards essential building repairs needed at Black Swan Arts & the Round Tower.

http://bit.ly/1Xt1Vwk

Martyn Sheppard – photographer

May 26th, 2016

Here are some fabulous photographs of my work by Martyn Sheppard