It's been a busy time for me these past few weeks, with lots of exciting design projects coming to fruition but also it's the time that I make Christmas wreaths for friends and clients. After a marathon few sessions I am finally done - this is number 15, and hangs proudly on my own front door!
If you're in London (and even if you're not!) then please join me and a host of other talented makers, crafters and artists at a Christmas sale to raise money for the very worthy Child Bereavement charity. I will be also taking orders for Christmas wreaths and other decorations.
Date: Thursday 17th November
Time: 2:00pm until 9:00pm
Location: 42 Chepstow Villas W11 (Entrance on Denbigh Road)
Bring your friends and your cash and help us support this wonderful charity!
English Garden magazine have featured one of my projects in their November issue, with photography by Clive Nichols.
I've been mentoring three young people - Will, Tilly and Cappy. They've been accompanying me on planting jobs and getting stuck in and learning lots as they go. It's a great relationship and fantastic to be able to help the next generation of gardeners. Here they are, still smiling, after a long day planting down in Bath with head gardener Jonny.
Thank you to the lovely people who have sent me kind words and, even more kindly, made further donations to Perennial after the open day on 1st June. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it and hopefully we will be doing it again next year!
Yesterday I opened my garden to raise money for Perennial, formerly the Gardeners Royal Benevolence Society. It was a sold-out event and I hosted 30 people and gave them a tour of my garden, talked about my favourite plants and answered a lot of questions! Despite the weather not being on its best behaviour, a great day was had by all, and my beautiful wildflower turf was looking fabulous for the occasion too!
A couple of shots of me planting at Chelsea were featured in the Homes and Properties section of the Evening Standard!
After a busy few days planting with the team, we've finished planting up the willow balls which dress the Artisan Gardens area. The balls are made by Camilla Kingham and look fantastic on the ground and hanging from the trees:
One of the projects the RHS asked me to undertake at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show was to plant the roundabout at the Bullring entrance. We contacted Cleve West, who's designing their show garden this year, to get his plant list and used some of the same species to ensure consistency across the branded spaces. Some of my favourites are XXXXX.
I've been asked by the RHS to do several projects at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, including a 3 x 3m bed in the Fresh area, and also dressing the Artisan Gardens. Here's the sketch I submitted, which luckily they LOVED!
The life of a garden designer is a busy one, especially now that the sun has graced us with her presence and everyone is looking to get their outside space ready for summer, so taking on the responsibility of a blog seems a little crazy! So instead of long posts, here you can expect snippets of my life - photos of work in progress, inspirational places I visit and the odd tip about fantastic plants. I hope you enjoy my posts!