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A Landscapers water feature

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Any landscaper will tell you that a single bold statement feature can hold together an entire garden. This project involved taking into consideration three major points of view. First was a 6m wide set of bifold doors framing the view from the kitchen, which really is the center of this home, plus two separate seating […]

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Modern Small Garden

Small gardens are very much the norm these days. They also tend to lack any privacy and can leave the owners feeling very exposed and uncomfortable about being overlooked by dozens of neighbouring windows.   It’s not often a practical solution to screen the garden with extra high fences and tall trees and shrubs as […]

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A great design project from a few years ago.

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I was privileged to be able to design a series of gardens and features at this prestigious property, including extensive new tree planting, meadow areas, four small formal gardens and a tree lined avenue. However the feature that I enjoyed designing the most is this devilishly deceptive maze.

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Contemporary Townhouse Garden

The rising cost of land and pressure for more housing has seen a huge rise in the popularity of town house accompanied by a trend for ever shrinking garden sizes.   First floor lounges and balconies are a great place to view your garden from, and for showing up a poor or weak design. Strong […]

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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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