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February 27, 2019

We were recently contacted by Wayfair.co,uk (purveyors of everything one could ever want or need for the home and garden) and asked if we knew much about sheds.

"Of course we do," we replied, "we can talk for hours on the subject. After all, a shed is a man's best frien...

February 21, 2019

Modern Gardens Magazine seem to like featuring our gardens (and there's another of my garden designs featuring in the forthcoming April issue).

This 6-page article entitled 'I've finally got my wow factor garden' shows you what we did to give the garden a contempor...

January 15, 2019

If you’re reading this article you’re most likely thinking about updating or improving your garden and wondering how much a garden designer costs to hire.

Whilst there is no straightforward answer to this question, this blog will hopefully give you some insight into how...

November 27, 2018

If you’re planning on carrying out some landscaping work in your garden – whatever the size of the project - it’s vital to get a landscape contractor who actually knows what they’re doing. This sounds obvious but many a client has suffered the consequences having taken...

August 1, 2018

I get lots of calls from people looking for a garden designer in Hampshire, Surrey and London, and they often ask what the garden design process involves, how long will it take, what levels of service I can offer them and lots of other sensible questions to help them d...

February 1, 2017

The first of February and it’s a cold and wet day.  Outside, people are dashing around, heads bowed, trying to get from one warm dry place to another as quick as possible. With another month until spring flowers arrive and trees start coming into leaf it’s easy to thin...

November 30, 2016

What a joy to wake up this morning to a sparkling hoar frost on the last day of November – an unusual sight in London. So as soon as I’d bundled the small person off to nursery I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures

in my north facing front garden, before my finger...

November 26, 2016

We’ve recently completed a small courtyard garden design-and-build in Clapham, incorporating a stunning ‘living’ wall.

The clients, who were looking for a London garden designer to create a space for entertaining and relaxing in, commissioned us to design a contemporary...

September 23, 2016

I was out for my morning run in my local park in South East London earlier in the week and was stopped in my tracks by the sight of the park maintenance crew digging up a large circular bed filled with brightly coloured Dahlias, in preparation for planting up with a ne...

September 12, 2016

The client was looking for a south east London garden designer who could improve their neglected front garden. The small north-facing garden in Lewisham was paved with setts and contained surrounding borders which were void of planting. The client had a tight budget an...

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In the media - hiring a garden designer

August 1, 2018