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Project Update – first half 2017

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I spent the first part of this year predominantly completing projects begun in 2016 – some build completions, lots of planting design and even…

Six years on: Dull suburban plot to Open Garden!

I would like to share recent photos of a garden I designed for my ‘star client’, Gill, in 2011. She was downsizing from a…

April and May are all about plants and planting!

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At this time of year I am fully occupied with planting plans, plant sourcing and organising planting days. I normally have a mix of…

Welcome to March Madness!

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I always have great plans to get on top of outstanding non-client-based administration tasks over the winter months, but once again, the time has…

Reflecting on 2016

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As I was thinking about the gardens that I most enjoyed working on this year it struck me that it is now over 10…

Cowden Castle Japanese Garden: The Restoration Continues…

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It has been two years since my last visit to this superb garden restoration project and, if you didn’t see the blog article I…

Before and After: Profile of a Rural Garden Project

Sometimes the best way to fully appreciate the changes in a garden are to see photographs of how the site was initially, and how...

Simple Pleasures…

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Increasingly, I find that the greatest pleasures in life stem from the simplest things: Wandering out into the garden and seeing that a plant…

Come and see a Shades of Green garden!

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On Sunday 22 May 2016, a long standing Shades of Green Garden Design project will be opening to the public as part of Scotland’s…

Shades of Green Machines

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At this time of year I might appear in your driveway in the four-wheeled leafy machine, or on two wheels, depending on the weather…