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Designing with 3D software

I have slowly been making the change over to using 3D software to create my gardens designs. I must admit it’s quite a steep learning curve but it really does solve the problem of customers who are unable to visualise a garden from 2 D plans.   Though time consuming to produce I really do […]

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The smallest garden I have ever designed

This garden is exceptionally small, in fact there is barely enough room for a rotary washing line. Good design can make all the difference where space is limited by maximising the potential of every square inch. I this instance the garden has been realigned so that the new axis is from the kitchen doors to […]

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Design for a small front garden

It often seems that front gardens are very much neglected these days. Most are concreted over for parking and the remainder are seen as a nuisance and given very little attention.   It’s a great shame because front gardens are so important, not only in the way they can enhance or detract from the appearance […]

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Creating an a-MAZE-ing feature.

Sorry about the red top headline, but today I am designing a large scale garden maze and it is the first one I have had the opportunity to design for a few years. I am really quite excited about this one, it is going to be quite a challenge, both to perfect my my idea and […]

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Vegetable plots can look stylish.

Many years ago I had the privilege of dining at Raymond Blancs restaurant, Le Manoir Aux Petit Quat Saisons, in Oxfordshire, there he has a particularly impressive vegetable garden where they grow many of the herbs and vegetables used in the restaurant. This productive garden only resembles your Grandad’s allotment tin so much as it is […]

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A Town Garden

This is quite an unusual town garden which wraps around the house. None of the areas are very big but they go around almost three and half sides of the property creating a challenging design commission for me but, one with lots of possibilities.     The client wanted water features, places to entertain, somewhere […]

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So much dishonesty and deception.

Whilst reviewing my internet presence and carrying out the tedious but necessary process of checking my position on Google etc. I have been looking at the websites of some other ‘Garden Designers’ in my area. There are a handful who, like myself, have been doing this for some time and have well established websites displaying […]

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A Garden Revisited

I recently went back to visit a small garden we created in Cambridge in early 2014. It was designed to be very low maintenance and included easy care smooth paving and artificial grass. Beds and borders were minimised but the whole design was set at an angle so that the borders would still have some […]

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Work on an estate in Norfolk

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I have been commissioned to design the garden for an estate in Norfolk. Formerly a farmhouse, this has been a residential home for a few decades. The existing grounds where badly neglected prior to being taken on by the current owners and even after examining the site carefully it is apparent that the grounds and […]

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Another Cambridge Town Garden

May 2014 saw the completion of this small Cambridge Garden. The design brief was to create a very low maintenance garden, the rest was left up to me.  

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