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  • Final Preparations!

    Posted by Pip Probert on 24 Apr 2012 at 01:35 PM

    We are currently finalising the last few details before starting on site at Ness Gardens next week. All materials have been checked and everything is more or less ready. The debate today has been about our tall turf waves. I really think that some designs, have a love or hate relationship with the visitors, and I hope that this new garden within the grounds of the Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral, will be loved by the visitors.

    The garden has been named ‘Making Waves’ because this is most definitely what we intend to do.  The garden is modern and quirky, and will have a big impact on the site, as it will be seen from many different positions on the site. The design is based on a circular, spiral path that guides visitors around the plot, allowing them to view the plants at different angles throughout the journey. Colour plays a huge role in the design, and solid blocks of colour will sweep around the spiral path.  The turf waves I mentioned earlier will emerge from the floor all over the plot, giving softened boundaries within the design, and blocking off the view at different stages along the route. Read More...

  • Designing Something Special!

    Posted by Pip Probert on 17 Apr 2012 at 11:57 AM

    It’s that time of the year when us garden designers are really busy!  Although I enjoy designing gardens of all shapes, sizes and styles every now and again something special comes along.  I am very proud to be involved in this current project, and can’t wait to start on site, and keep you all updated with our progress! 

    I am currently working on a project at Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral, where we are bringing modern design into Ness.  This year sees the 50th Birthday of ‘The Friend of Ness’, and to celebrate we are building a ‘new’ garden.  Construction of the botanic garden began in 1897, with Arthur Bulley changing the face of British gardens.  The garden is made up of many different areas showcasing numerous plant types within the various spaces on the 65 acre plot.  We hope to create something fresh and new, giving Ness an up to date and modern space for visitors to explore, sit and enjoy.  Most of all I hope that the planting combinations will be something that people can take away with them, as I feel that is the most important part of any outdoor space. Read More...

  • People's Choice Award at Hampton Court Show

    Posted by Philippa Pearson on 10 Aug 2010 at 04:41 PM

    A rather belated 'thank you' to all who voted the Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Show the People's Choice Award Best Show Garden! I'm still walking on roses and beaming with joy, one month on Big Smile


  • Captains Log Star Date 2010...

    Posted by Tony Smith on 26 Jul 2010 at 09:32 PM

    Well, who would have thought it, a gold medal from the RHS for a crater made entirely of lettuces and an alien from who knows where and made of who knows what. It was great fun telling everyone, including the judges, that as our garden was all about perspective, and as humans simply don't possess a sense of perspective, the whole exercise was completely pointless!!

    Despite this, we still got a gold medal and this in itself leads me to question whether the judges... oh no, I don't want to go there!!


  • Finished - that's both the garden and me!

    Posted by Tony Smith on 18 Jul 2010 at 09:23 PM

    Having planted 12,000 lettuces over 3 days I have had enough. Knees, legs and back are all complaining. However, standing back and admiring our luminous green crater with its otherworldly inhabitant, I think it's been worth it. If nothing else, it's got to be the brightest exhibit at the show!

    Now all we can do is to wait for the verdict of the judges and the reaction of the public. It should be fun if it ever stops raining.

  • It's Gardening Jim, But Not As We Know It

    Posted by Tony Smith on 13 Jul 2010 at 04:27 PM

    We arrived, or should I say landed, at Tatton yesterday morning at 8am Earth time! When I say we, that's me and Rob with his digger. Having marked out the site we spent the day creating the most realistic impact crater I have seen in ages!

    Now I am back in Sussex preparing my garden for a film shoot that will hopefully form part of a new Alan Titchmarsh series to be broadcast on BBC2 in the autumn


  • Tatton Park Day 2

    Posted by Pip Probert on 12 Jul 2010 at 09:58 PM

    The start of the build always feels like you can't really do much, or that you are not really going as fast as you would like - but in fact you are getting all the really important and necessary things done.  The things that you won't even see, but they have to be there.

    We have been building our walls, which are quite complicated as we have Ivy panels being set into them.  I have been to Congleton today to collect the ivy and the walls have been built around the panels


  • Tatton Park 2010 - Day 1

    Posted by Pip Probert on 11 Jul 2010 at 07:08 PM

    Today was the first time we actually stood on our plot.  Looking around the site, there is already lots of activity and I got the feeling it is going to be a fantastic show.  There are lots of familiar faces looking very fresh and raring to go.  We have scraped the surface layer off our plot and marked out ready for tomorrow.  Today has mostly been putting the finishing touches together on certain parts of the scheme ready for loading the vehicles for tomorrow.  I have just finished putting the wood into the van and packed the pick up with tools ready for a very early start tomorrow.  I am constantly keeping an eye on the plants and Cathrine (my supplier) is doing her normal, fantastic job of sending me photos of all the plants so I really can keep tabs on everything whilst at the show.

    Well I think an early night is in order ready for the week ahead!


  • A View From The Other Side

    Posted by Tony Smith on 10 Jul 2010 at 09:32 PM

    I visited Hampton Court Show on Tuesday as a visitor rather than an exhibitor for the first time in 5 years. I have to say it felt strange not to be exhibiting, but at the same time enjoyable not to have the pressure and stress that comes with creating a show garden.

    The conceptual gardens were a revelation; by far the most impressive element of the show this year. The quality of both the finishing and the thinking behind the gardens was great to see. Well done to all the conceptual designers for putting on such a quality show. Truly inspiring!

  • Delivering one of the Girlguiding UK Containers to Hampton Court, did it survive the journey?!

    Posted by Lydia Powell on 09 Jul 2010 at 09:09 PM

    The 32nd All Saints Kettering Rainbows delivered their flower display to Hampton Court - it survived the rough ride very well in the van!

    All the Rainbows were really delighted to be having a day off school to go and visit the flower show