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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021

We came, We saw, We thought …. I was so excited this year to receive my first ever Press Pass to this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show! So myself and trusty photographer friend H, (whom you will all soon meet in the next series of podcasts from ‘The Plotting Shed‘) rose at the crack of dawn to drive to

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What is a Contemporary Garden?

As a designer, I get asked all to frequently about either designing a low maintenance and or modern/contemporary garden – but what really are these? What is a contemporary garden anyway. What is to be created in fact, what is the client actually asking for? This got me thinking; because it is actually quite hard to define a style in

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Congratulations to our competition winner – Alice!

Now clearly we aren’t going to be able to hide a shed quite this big…. so the trick is was make this border as interesting as possible. Alice wanted a really pretty, cottage style, easy care, low maintenance, football friendly border that was also a magnet for bees and butterflies … and that would also hide the shed….! OK, it

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Garden Shows & how they reset our gardening compass

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Garden Shows: Resetting the Nation’s gardening compass Garden Shows are increasingly popular as a new generation of would be gardeners strive to learn the best way to create their own gardens. Their influence stretches far beyond the confines of the showground and resets our collective gardening compass, but once that compass begins to swing and we head in a different

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Topiary leopard

Have fun with your hedge trimmers folks ! STOP PRESS: The Rules on ‘How to Have A Proper British Hedge’ will no longer apply after BREXIT. We no longer have to conform to British Standard BS5376616 –  for Neat & Proper Hedging anymore. So cut up your string, chuck the spirit level in the bin and go sharpen those topiary

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Can you make a Chelsea Flower Show Garden at home?     It’s show season & the horticultural world is gearing up for the biggest & most prestigious of all…. Chelsea Flower Show 2016.   We, as ‘garden mortals’, are going to look on in wonder at the ability of the professional horticulturalists and garden designers to produce the most amazing and utterly

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Garden Makeovers – part 4

Garden Makeovers – it’s easier than you think!   We thought we would do a few mini-makeovers with our border designs, so you can see how you can adapt them to any space.   Thousands of new homes are built each year in the UK and so are thousands of new gardens, but if you are faced with a blank

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