September Blog post: A Day in The Life of A Gardener (a little hymn to the joys of garden maintenance)
September Already? The greatly fanfared blog is still waiting for me to sit still for a minute, the problem will be deciding what to write about as it's been such a busy and interesting summer. Garden maintenance work has been hugely satisfying, getting some really beautiful gardens under control. Design projects are gearing up for the planting stage so busy times ensuring ground is prepared and orders are on schedule.
My personal plant collection has reached ridiculous proportions - thinking of ways to create more space is fun
Industry events have been really enjoyable - from an illuminating and inspiring symposium at Majestic Trees to The Landscape Show in London. Connecting with other professionals in the wider industry - it's great to see developments in vertical wall technology and develop a deeper understanding of the strength and porosity of different paving materials from specialists in the field.
I'm halfway through a course 'Planting The Piet Oudolph Way' assessed by the one and only Noel Kingsbury. There's some familiar stuff there, but enough new nuggets to make it a useful thing to do - so anyone wanting a Dutch Wave perennial border, get in touch!
And finally, I'll leave you with a pretty picture. During a brief holiday to the Lake District I visited Lowther Castle to see the relatively new work of one of my favourite planting designers, Dan Pearson. Enjoy ?
New Blog The Border Designs blog has arrived. Give it some time. At present there is a test welcome haiku of dubious quality. New blog post notifications will be published on the Border Designs Facebook Page as they emerge
June has been a wonderful time of growth for Border Designs, along with the plants!
I've been rather too busy to update the website as I've been occupied with planting design work, horticultural consulting - from private gardens to school grounds, and of course, lots of lovely gardening in some beautiful spaces.
My SGD membership has been fantastic as I'm meeting lots of great designers and broadening my knowledge - a recent course on construction detailing has shown me how interesting hard landscaping and construction can be, and how much you need to know before you undertake construction jobs.
I've managed to squeeze in some garden visits - Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court this month, as well as a brilliant day at the Chelsea Flower Show. Looking forward to July.
My First Article Published for Thinkingardens www.thinkingardens.co.uk
A blog created by Author and Garden Maker, Anne Wareham 'For people who want more than gardening from gardens.
Read my ruminations on garden design: 'What Style?' by Kate Cox
So excited to announce that I have been accepted as a Pre-Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers
As THE professional association in the U.K. for garden designers, the standards are extremely high. As a new designer I've got to get a few more designs under my
belt before there's sufficient evidence for full registered membership. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of other designers and landscapers, sharing tips and training. Exciting times ahead!
NEW FOR 2017 - GARDENING COACHING with Kate from Border Designs
Prices start from £120 for a half day session
Spring is here, the sap is rising, now is the time to get back out there
If you need a bit of guidance on what jobs you need doing to make your garden gorgeous this year, or a bit of company to make the work more fun, get in touch and we can work out a plan!
If you get the opportunity pay a visit to some Winter gardens this month. I have had a wonderful visit to Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge this month and came away really inspired for new planting ideas. Visit my Border Designs facebook page to see the full photo album.
New Planting Design at Firstsite, Colchester
So excited to have been asked to re-design the planting outside Colchester's Firstsite gallery. The original planting is long gone and the empty bark enclosure is not a worthy fit for the fabulous construction or the gorgeous neighbouring Minories garden.
I'm looking forward to selecting beautiful hardy low maintenance plants suited to the varied conditions of the site - from hot sun-baked to deep shade, robust enough to thrive in a busy public space.
Photo: East Anglian Daily Times
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