Posts Tagged ‘design’

Masterclass with Dr. Nigel Dunnett

Friday, June 8th, 2018

I was both taken by surprise and transfixed by Nigel’s introduction:

‘We are bound into nature, we are tied tight to nature, this bond is buried and hidden in people explaining our affinity for nature, it is in our core, it is inescapable. Nature makes us feel complete’. Bold statements, I love them!

He says his mission is to provoke positive emotions in people (i.e. Joy), offering an immersive experience; ecology and biodiversity are secondary. Think back to the stunning Olympic park plantings, mass pictorial meadows on derelict sites with paths mown through and check out his more recent roof garden at the Barbican.

Then there is his skill in ‘layering’ where the planting schemes change through the season like a never ending roman candle firework, finally coming to rest in the winter with a strong structure (a garden should be judged in the winter not in the summer).

I have come away from the day with my head buzzing with plant combinations and the challenge to increase my plant densities, cramming my borders in search of an even better roman candle effect.

Secret garden

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

We transformed this sloping walled garden by taking the radical decision of removing a huge overgrown pergola that divided the space and then pruning  many of the shrubs and putting in some stone retaining walls.  The garden has been opened up to create an outdoor kitchen with hoggin paths that link to a theatre space (a yurt space in the winter), there is also an enlarged upper terrace and several of my willow pieces installed around the garden.

One year on

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

This small garden used to be dark and dominated by a large chestnut tree.  The tree succumbed to honey fungus and has been removed, some low retaining walls give a sense of space and the plants hum with bees.   The client had enough local stone for the low walls and a garden office provides a good focal point; set at an angle one can glimpse past it to the vegetable garden.

The landscaping was carried out by http://blueskylandscapes.co.uk

New house & garden – near Bristol

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

This is the second time I have worked for these clients, this time a new house is being built and the challenge is to make the garden fit with the surrounding topography without creating too many retaining walls.  Currently 1000′s of tons of stone has been excavated and the house will be on split levels.

Beautiful hanging baskets

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Castle Gardens garden centre in Sherborne make the most beautiful winter hanging baskets.

In this basket I can see low growing / creeping rockery plants:

Arabis, Euonymus, Veronica, Alysum, Erodium, Ajuga, Lysimachia nummularia, Aubretia

Plus plenty of violas, narcissus and a ‘tail’ of ivy

New plans for garden – Alton

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

I first visited this garden in 2004 when I did some design work and planting plans.  I have been invited back to help with another phase in the development of this garden; how gardens change, owner’s requirements change, how everything changes!

New pub garden – The Litton

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

The wait is over and The Litton is open for business, there are lots of exciting features in the pub and the garden is a lovely space to relax in too!


The landscaping has been done by Green & Gorgeous of Frome    http://www.greenandgorgeous.com/

University campus concept sketch

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

The current issue of BA2 – the magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Bath – celebrates the university’s 50th year and in there is a beautiful concept sketch for the campus layout.
a place of metamorphosis!

I also wrote about the university campus in my blog on 12/4/13…

Growing well – Devon

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

This garden was planted in spring 2015 and it is very exciting to see how well it has established, the hedges have bushed out well and need just a couple more season’s to start approaching the desired height.

The pools attract hundreds of  dipping swallows, a spectacle to behold!

Another good looking border

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

My clients planted this border in May this year following my planting plan, the plants have bulked out well in just a few months and what is very exciting is that the clients are fast becoming keen horticulturists.