Small garden – 4m x 4m. Previously an overgrown and unused space. Now a stylish outdoor room.
A complete transformation of a tired and overgrown garden in Chiswick from the drawing board to finished garden.
The pictures below show the garden before during and after.
Great Dixter with Fergus Garrett and Rosemary Alexander from the E.G.S.
A fascinating early morning tour round this timeless garden; we had the garden to ourselves and the sun shone.
The English Gardening School have moved back to their old premises at the Chelsea Physic Garden, a fantastic venue. I shall enjoy seeing the garden grow over the coming months.
A lecture this week by Martyn Cox, garden writer and author on the subject of Ilex aquifolium. Who thought there would be so many varieties of holly available. A great day with an interesting speaker.
Noel Kingsbury – The Ecology of Planting
Another great day at the EGS, this week with internationally known garden writer, garden/planting designer and horticultural consultant, Noel Kingsbury.
The morning was spent looking at how plant ecology can be used in garden design, the different stresses that garden plants are subjected too, such as dry shade, and how you must work with plants that are best suited to the environment whilst requiring minimal intervention from the gardener.
In the afternoon we examined various bare-rooted annuals and perennials and discussed what to look for when determining their habits, i.e. spreading, clump forming, clonal, etc.
The day was then rounded off with a presentation on ‘New ways with perennials’.
RHS London Plant and Design Show
19 & 20 February 2013. RHS Horticultural Halls, London.
Spend an inspiring day out at the RHS Plant and Design Show. Meet leading UK nurseries showing their new blooms. See the dozens of exhibition stands for stimulating ideas.
RHS Garden Wisley with Roy Lancaster & Matt Biggs
Last Wednesday I visited RHS Garden Wisley on a private tour with Roy Lancaster & Matt Biggs as part of the EGS Plants and Plantsmanship diploma. We started in the Botany department where we were shown their engaging research and work on various publications. Botany staff provide advice to members and the media, and give botanical support throughout the RHS, including Curatorial staff, the Trials Department and RHS plant committees.
We then moved into the Plant Pathology laboratory which is involved in diagnosing and providing advice on garden diseases and associated research. It was a fascinating insight which the general public doesn’t get to see.
This was followed by a tour round the gardens where Roy and Matt entertained us with their fascinating anecdotes about the gardens and their lives as horticultural experts.
Sarah Price: Innovations in Planting Design
On November 10th, I attended a fascinating lecture by Sarah Price at the EGS.
Sarah is an RHS Gold medal-winning garden designer who co-designed the 2012 Gardens at the Olympic Park in east London and remains at the core of the team planning the post-Games legacy design and maintenance of the gardens.
We started by learning about her background and inspiration, her progression from RHS Hampton Court to RHS Chelsea and how that led to her involvement in the Olympic Park gardens. She explored the process of designing innovative planting schemes, giving an insider’s view on the 2012 Olympic Park gardens and other projects. She offered insights into how the planting designs were conceptualised, designed and implemented and will be maintained.
All in all, a riveting discussion.
The Cactus Garden, Guatiza, Lanzarote
No Plants and Plantsmanship at the EGS last week; a fascinating visit to the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote.