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Phillippa Probert

Pip Probert Garden Designer - Outer Spaces Wirral

Young, talented and inspiring, Phillippa Probert is an RHS Gold medal-winning designer who has produced stunning gardens at Tatton Park, Gardeners World, Malvern & Chelsea since 2005.

  • Date Joined: 10 Apr 2008

Isn't Time Flying!

Posted by Pip Probert on 28 Jun 2008 at 11:26 AM

Well, we start on site at Tatton Park next weekend. I have already been to Tatton Park twice in the last few weeks, just to have a walk around the site, and get a feel for where my gardens will be.

Stew, my main construction man has been working hard alongside myself and also our suppliers to ensure that everything will come together once we start building on site. I have been down to Gloucester to see the Organic Stone team, and to see the first samples of our bespoke paving stones, made specially for the Shown Garden - Aqua Life. The colour is amazing, and the texture is beautiful. I left the show room very optimistic and excited about the whole thing. We have made a slight alteration to the design, and included another new product that will highlight the pathway that runs alongside the pool. Not giving too much away, but it is something a little bit different. The Bigger Plant Co have also put my mind at ease (once again) when I went to check on my gorgeous trees. We have two different varietes of tree on the 'Aqua Life' Show Garden, and a Phontinia Hedge on the 'Time Out' Back to Back Garden.

General planting has also been finalised this week, with a trip down to Bagshot. I have been strolling around the grounds at Crocus.co.uk, which for a plant lover is doesn't feel like hard work at all. We went through the plant lists with fine tooth comb, omitting anything that will not be at the correct standard, when it arrives at Tatton Park in two weeks. Baring in mind everything has to be perfect for that dreaded Judgement Day!! We are still debating on the size of our filter for the swimming pool, and I have a meeting set up with Special Aggregates to decide on the tiny aggregate that is required within the altered section. So there are still a few last minute things to sort, but.... I'm not panicing!! Well, may be a little. At this point my main worry is planting, as it is something you can't control. Also that fact that I have two gardens. I would hate to feel that one of them suffered from a lack of attention, so I am arranging my timetable to ensure the correct amount of detail is given to both gardens. Delegation is not something i am very good at, but with my brilliant team, I am sure that both gardens will look amazing.

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