Part of the pleasure of designing a garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show is, for me, creating a garden that is very much a real garden: a garden which gives the sense that its owner has just stepped out of it for a moment, but will be back very soon. I need to ensure that […]
One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the RHS Chelsea plans is ‘what’s the planting scheme/colour theme?’ Last year I went for a very restrained white and green with a touch of apricot; this year I’m looking at creating a bit of a subtle clash. An oxymoronic planting scheme – will it be possible?
My recent Cornish stay, and my appropriately-named lodgings, the River Retreat, reminded me that we in the UK have a rich cultural heritage of writers and gardens, writers inspired by the immediate landscape. This heritage really was a source of inspiration for me when I was designing the M&G garden. I’ve always loved visiting these places: at […]
So here I am, back to plans after a weekend in Cornwall saying a sad goodbye to an old friend whose 86 years never stopped her from enjoying life. By coincidence, within a couple of hundred metres from my lodgings, Darren Hawkes is busily preparing his RHS Chelsea show garden, so I took the opportunity […]
I run on impulse. The CanWest Horticulture Show in Vancouver Canada kindly asked me to be one of their speakers in the Landscape Designers Symposium as part of their education program. All very exciting, and as prescribed in my DNA, I immediately agreed and so Canada, here I come! Reading the brief post scriptum, has […]