As I write this on 12th Night, Christmas and New Year celebrations seem a distant memory. Anyone else set themselves a New Year Resolution? I’m not usually very good at these, but a few years ago I set myself the target of completing Veganuary, that challenge to exclude all meat and dairy from your diet … Continue reading Happy New Year
New Vectorworks workshops
I'm continuing my series of workshops in the use of Vectorworks for Garden Designers, on behalf of the Society of Garden Designers. take a look at their website. The next planting design in Vectorworks workshop has sold out, but beginners and planting workshops are running again in January. https://www.sgd.org.uk/events/calendar
Gardens and Flooding
My blog on how to slow the flow of flood water in your own garden.
Good Hedges, Good Lawns and Good Edges – The Future of a Slack Lawn (or my lawn!) and how to Garden Ecologically
The View from Slack There is an old gardener’s saying: “Good hedges, good lawns and good edges”. To this day I don’t know where it came from, but it is something I repeat to students annually. If you look after the hedges, keeping a tidy cuboid presence, and then edge your lawns to a clean … Continue reading Good Hedges, Good Lawns and Good Edges – The Future of a Slack Lawn (or my lawn!) and how to Garden Ecologically
Below is a planting plan nearly ready to go. The garden should be built late this winter/early spring, and planted soon after.
Garden History and Conservation of Heritage Gardens
This short course is part of the Foundation Degree in Garden Design run by the Northern School of Garden Design/Craven College. It is a module which can be taken as a stand-alone course. The course covers basic elements of the history of garden design, enabling students to research and present on some chosen elements of … Continue reading Garden History and Conservation of Heritage Gardens
A design and planting in process
Still looking good.
Work in progress
A design I'm working on to add woodland, meadow and interest to a blank canvas/paddock.
The threes and the fours
Firstly, the THREES. This fantastic herbaceous perennial is Trillium chloropetalum var. giganteum, commonly known as the Giant Wake Robin. It is one of nature’s curiosities because its leaves and petals are all arranged in strict multiples of three. Three parts to the leaf, three petals to each flower. The leaves are handsomely mottled in burgundy, above which the … Continue reading The threes and the fours