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Unfortunately our climate is not kind to wood and many homeowners have learnt the
hard way that decks built in shade quickly become very slippery in the resulting
damp conditions and that it is not a surface you can just leave for years and expect
it to stay in good condition. With the correct care and attention a decked area
can easily exceed 30 years of use. More...
Coton Manor is a beautiful traditional English garden centred around a honey-coloured
17thC manor house. In the 1920s the present owner’s grandparents began developing
the garden and successive generations have continued this process to the present
day, making best use of its natural setting which provides stunning views across
the Northamptonshire countryside. More...
Designers are always looking for interesting items to finish off a project and make
it unique. Sculptural items are perfect for focal points or more subtle decoration
but can often be extremely expensive. Tom Clark is a stone carver who caters for
all pockets, not only creating large figures and statues with a price tag to match
but at the same time producing casts of his most popular carvings for the smaller
Einstein said ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would
only have four years of life left. No more pollination, no more plants, no more
animals, no more man’. So how many bees have you seen in your garden this year? More...
Some photos of this year's amazing Show gardens by the world's top designers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. More...
Some photos of this year's amazing Artisan gardens by the world's top designers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. More...
Some photos of this year's amazing Fresh gardens by the world's top designers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. More...
Some great photos from this year's BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2012. More...
RNIB's RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden offers a voyage of discovery where visitors
feel compelled to take off their shoes, according to designer Paul Hervey-Brookes. More...
The 2011 M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a modern take on a traditional
kitchen garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Bunny Guinness. The title
sponsor’s garden is one that you can both live from and live with – a modern take
on a traditional kitchen garden – a beautiful, relaxing space and also a working
plot producing bountiful fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers. More...
If you are looking for beautiful, thought provoking and educational gardens that
have something for all the family then you couldn’t do much better than to visit
the Butterfly World Project, St Albans. More...
Pergolas and arbours can create atmosphere, link
different parts of the garden or provide a shady place to walk or sit. They give
instant height and allow the gardener to grow climbers somewhere other than a wall
or fence. More...
We are all familiar with using plants to cover walls and fences but these are normally
planted in soil. The latest trend is for vertical planting on the
wall itself. More...
Late in 2007 Williams and Marsh were contacted by landscape gardener Johnny Winter,
who was looking for a unique wooden pergola to surround a circular
paved area for a recently completed project. The brief was for an octagonal oak pergola with joinery to match that of a new barn at the front of
the house. More...
This is the book anyone who has seen Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens
either in the flesh, in magazines or on television has been waiting for. I am sure
what is on everyone’s mind is 'How does he do it?'. More...
Some of the inspirational garden designs on show at the BBC Gardeners' World Live
Show 2009 in Birmingham, UK. More...
Future Gardens is the first phase of the Butterfly World Project; it encompasses
twelve competition designer gardens and seven permanent gardens. We have photos
of the inspirational gardens by some of Europe’s best known garden designers as
well as some new faces to the gardening world. More...
Use our unique Find A Garden Designer service to find a garden
designer near you. More...
UK designers register here. If you are a Garden Designer
in the USA or Canada you can now register to appear
in the new North American Find A Garden Designer directory.
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A good place to start is by looking at the website of the Society of Garden Designers.
All garden designers listed on their site have a minimum of two
years' experience, have gone through a rigorous process of evaluation and have proved
they can carry out their work to a very high standard. However, if a garden
designer is not listed it does not mean they cannot provide a good
In 1981 a few of the country’s top garden designers decided their
industry needed its own professional body and as a result The Society of Garden
Designers was established and today is still the only professional body in the UK
dedicated solely to garden design. More...
The design and build of a garden is much like that of a house: the main construction
is crucial but the fun stuff is what comes at the end. In a house that means choosing
bathroom and kitchen furniture, paint colours and fabrics while in a garden it will
be planting borders and sourcing water features, patio furniture and sculpture.
As the early spring colour of snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses comes to an end
it is time for the early-flowering perennials to take over. One such favourite is
Dicentra spectabilis, also known by many romantic names such as bleeding
heart, lady’s locket and lady in the bath that describe the flower characteristics.
In today's computer oriented world the internet appears to be king! Every business
wants to be top of the Google listings and garden designers are
no exception. More...
When considering colour in the garden, plants are usually the first
thing that spring to mind, and of course are a vital component in 99.9% of gardens
(there are a minority of gardens that have no plants in them whatsoever, but that
is another article in itself). More...
Every June, Birmingham National Exhibition Centre becomes the venue for a show full
of inspiration for gardeners. Following hot-on-the-heels of the Chelsea Flower Show
(the most famous flower show in the world), it might be thought that the British
gardener would have had enough of show gardens and expensive lawn mowers. But apparently
not! With its special mix of live gardening entertainment, fantastic plants and
shopping opportunities Gardeners’ World Live attracts thousands of people every
‘Year-round interest’ is probably second only to ‘low maintenance’ as the most frequent
request from client to designer and to achieve this part of their brief designers
need to include some form of evergreen planting. Evergreen plants are often considered
to be boring, but they come in a huge range of size, leaf colour and shape. More...
Garden designers need to be aware that from the 1st of October
2008, new government rules regarding the paving of front gardens come into force.
If you are seeking design ideas for your garden, inspiration can
be found from looking in the right books, visiting great gardens and noticing the
shapes and patterns that can be seen all around you every day. Many people make
the mistake of buying a book of designs and expecting to find one the exact shape
and size of their garden. Disappointment is sure to follow as no two gardens are
the same. More...
To be honest, at first I wasn't sure about this publication. After the first quick
flip-through my initial impression was it's just another pretty picture book – I
have now changed my mind! More...
It is probably safe to assume that most garden designers join the
profession because they love either planting or design and sometimes both. However,
it is less likely that they will profess a huge knowledge of construction and yet
it is hard landscaping that forms the foundation for most designs.
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designers. If you're looking for a garden designer you can use our
unique Find A Garden Designer service to
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If you are a garden designer this is the best place to find information about garden
design. If you are just starting out or if you have an established business we hope
you'll find useful information here. Why not register
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