A Little Chaos … but beauty too!

A Little Chaos … but beauty too!

A Little Chaos … but beauty too!

April 26th, 2015 by Caroline

The garden is waking up with energy and vigour!  This time of year is always special with the fresh green foliage that emerges in abundance.  Later on in the summer, the green colours are less differentiated and take on a more homogenous background blur; but at this time of year, they truly zing with freshness! Below […]

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A Week in Spring … the life of a garden designer, florist and fledgling flower grower

A Week in Spring … the life of a garden designer, florist and fledgling flower grower

March 25th, 2015 by Caroline

One of the best things about my job is the variety. Even when I only worked as a Garden Designer, each day was different but now I have ventured into the growing and Floristry world too, the diversity of my projects is constantly stimulating. The last week has been a particularly good example of how […]

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A growing garden … from recommendation to realisation

A growing garden … from recommendation to realisation

March 6th, 2015 by Caroline

We’re planting a small, pocket-sized garden at the moment for a lovely client in Surrey and I thought it might be useful to write a Journal Entry showing the development of the garden from concept to completion. The garden is within a fairly new development of attractively designed houses on the site of the old Royal School […]

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50 Shades of Green …

50 Shades of Green …

February 16th, 2015 by Caroline

Another Journal entry and another film title – or almost! To offer an alternative (as many people seemed to have done!) to the much-debated launch of the film, I thought I’d get up close and personal with the colour green! In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have a seasonal climate with all the wonderful […]

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Georgie and Oli’s Winter Wedding

Georgie and Oli’s Winter Wedding

January 20th, 2015 by Caroline

It was an absolute honour and pleasure to be involved with Georgie and Oli’s Wedding at the beginning of December.  They got married in one of our beautiful local churches and had their reception at the amazing Long Barn in our village. Georgie was an absolute star to work with as she named a few […]

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Into the Woods …

Into the Woods …

January 11th, 2015 by Caroline

To celebrate the launch of the fantastic new Disney film, I thought I would celebrate the wood and with it my favourite woodland planting. I think we all have a landscape where we feel most at home and most comfortable.  For me it is always woodland.  I grew up with a garden that backed onto […]

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My Brand … defining and designing

My Brand … defining and designing

January 8th, 2015 by Caroline

In the farming world, it is common practice to brand livestock to identify them to one particular owner and branding has been used for hundreds of years to denote ownership with a particular mark that stands for something. Nowadays, the terms brand building, brand identity and brand values are more commonly associated with corporate marketing […]

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All change for the end of the year

All change for the end of the year

November 1st, 2014 by Caroline

In my part of Hampshire, the most dramatic of seasonal changes is that from Autumn to winter. Driving up the hill into our village is like entering a wild tunnel, with the beech trees reaching over the road from one side to another, joining in the middle and forming an almost Cathedral ceiling-type scene.  Indeed, […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Chelsea Flower Show 2014

June 1st, 2014 by Caroline

Chelsea Flower Show 2014 was my fifteenth visit to the show but the first time I’d ever exhibited in my own right. In the past, I’d helped plant some of Andy Sturgeon’s gardens and had a taste of how special the ‘behind-the-scene’s experience’ is; how everyone helps each other and how the show looks before the […]

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Character building: making spaces and places Part 1.

Character building: making spaces and places Part 1.

June 10th, 2012 by Caroline

As garden designers, our canvas is the space outside a house.  Our designs alter the way that a client uses or views their garden and our manipulation of this space creates a new place for them. When I first meet a new customer and take a brief, I am often asked to create different moods, […]

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