New plans for garden – Alton

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!

Photography by Martyn Sheppard

March 9th, 2017

Martyn Sheppard spent a day in my studio photographing my latest work for SAW Art Weeks Festival 2017  ‘Prospect’ http://somersetartworks.org.uk/

I have uploaded more pictures on my  ‘Sculpture’ page

New pub garden – The Litton

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/

Exhibition in Shaftesbury

February 8th, 2017

I am a committee member of the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival and our first festival is being launched at 10am on Friday 16th February in the Market Place.  This is a festival to celebrate James Allen, the first man to breed snowdrops and who lived in Shepton Mallet, there are full details at http://www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk/.

As part of this project we have cultivated links with the now well established Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival and  I have been invited to exhibit some of my willow work at their pop up gallery during their festival http://www.shaftesburysnowdrops.

17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR - what was Bell Street Cafe (right next door to the Arts Centre)
Friday 10th February – Saturday 18th February

University campus concept sketch

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…

Landscape Magazine feature

February 4th, 2017

The current issue of Landscape Magazine has a feature on me and my willow weaving, here are some of the photos taken for the article by Heather Edwards.  These initial photographs were taken 3 years ago when they were submitted to the magazine, it is a long lead time!   http://htedwards.co.uk/ The article was written by Emma Pritchard http://www.emma-pritchard.com/

http://www.landscapemagazine.co.uk/

Leaf forms

January 19th, 2017

I am working on a new body of work for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017 “Prospect” when I will be exhibiting with multi-disciplinary artist Fiona Campbell at Black Swan Arts in Frome.

Here is a taste of some of the work I will be showing

Black Swan Arts Saturday 16th September – 7th October 2017

Wishing you a Happy New Year in your gardens

January 1st, 2017

Galanthus elwesii heralding the beginning of spring

This plant started to flower on 13th December

Have you heard of The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival?  www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

Mole problems

December 8th, 2016

Gardening for wildlife can be very testing, a couple of years ago I had a lot of grass snakes in the garden, they have since moved on much to the relief of my nerves.  Currently I am blighted by moles, gorgeous little creatures I agree however my lawn areas are being churned up, in my polytunnels the salad beds are being hollowed out causing death to my plants and now the moles have moved into my flower beds.  I have tolerated these moles for several years but the situation has become severe.   Extermination a tempting thought but it is not the way forward for a wildlife gardener so I am going to try the following deterrent:

Mix 2 tablespoons of detergent, 6 oz of Castor oil in a gallon of water – mix one ounce of concentrate per gallon of water and apply to the lawn. Re-apply after rain or watering.

Lets see if it works! …


November colour

November 2nd, 2016

It is November and there is still plenty of colour in the garden, thanks to a record breaking warm October .

Geranium sanguineum & Geranium psilostemon, Verbena,  Dahlia, Erigeron karvinskianus, Aster frikartii ‘Monch‘, Abelia grandiflora, Fuchsia, Salvia greggii ‘Lipstick‘, Cyclamen hederifolium, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve‘, Osteospermum and Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ continue to provide fresh flowers whilst some roses and Anenome japonica manage one or two last flowers.

Of course it isn’t all about flowers, autumn colour  is very good this year both in the herbaceous borders (e.g. Hakonechloa macra) and shrubberies (e.g. Viburnum burkwoodii, Hydrangea).  Textures of foliage and brightly coloured berries all add depth of interest to our gardens too, for  example the wonderful berries of Rosa moyesii, Rosa glauca, Rosa rugosa, Cotoneasters & Crataegus prunifolia or the cut foliage of many Geranium contrasting with grasses, Dianthus, Cyclamen