We were recently commissioned to design what was an old vegetable garden into a walled garden, party garden with garden building to match. Here is our concept production. We are now working through samples and budget costings ahead of presenting and agreeing best way to proceed. Watch this space….!
A video of garden party from a project we just finished in Condicote, The Cotswolds. There are some nice night time pictures of the garden showing off our lighting design. We were also welcome guests and can been seen in the background if you look closely.
Party hosted by and videoed by – http://www.moversandshakerscocktails.co.uk/
In 2013 Bas Smets rang me. ‘Can you meet me in London to look at this project?’
We have worked with Bas Smets Bureau – http://www.bassmets.be/ on a couple of projects and they have been small but very interesting. So i replied, ‘of course, let me know when and where’. Down the rabbit hole it was.
We became involved in creating a Babylonian garden in central London for the 34 bedroomed ultra luxury boutique hotel in central London The Mandrake – http://www.themandrake.com/. In time we will write a full project report but for now see some pictures below of how the gardens are now 1 month before opening.
Because we are so proud of our what we do we had this video commissioned of our landscaping work at Yelford Manor in the Cotswolds. Enjoy the summer breeze blowing through the site.
There are some beautiful shots of peak flowering through out this video and wonderful cameos from the insects. Be sure to watch it all!
Now just 12 days off of the solstice and i thought it was about time to update this blog as everyone is sleeping in, a rarity with two children under two.
As ever, we have been engaged in a range of projects from contemporary to the very traditional, everywhere in between and even a private playground. It has also been nice to see some of our bigger commissions from the last few years filling out and looking really lush this year. I offer some pictures of where we have been and what we have been doing.
I sit in the office reflecting on the year. We are two employees stronger, 5 in total and i have another heir with Floyd John Jones being born in a rush on the night of 19/9/15. We are in a good place. The order book is full until April with a series of diverse, challenging and interesting projects. While we are in the process of finishing off some of our best work to date.
Below are some pictures of works over the last few months and i thank you for taking the time to look at this blog while wishing you the festive best and an enjoyable 2016.
We recently cleared an over grown border in Lower Slaughter for planting in the spring. While this was much needed it was apparent afterwards that removing a tree from my home opened up views of the bin store from the neighbouring hotel. A big evergreen tree required.
The problem was the only access into the garden was a through a 95cm wide gate which meant we couldn’t get any machinery in. Cue a few tricks learnt over the years for moving things you can’t lift or drag.
Part of my extraordinary enjoyment in this work is the wonderful places it takes me. I have been lucky enough to see some not many do and that many would like to. A recent project has made a new entry into my top ten work places. We are implementing the first phase in what i hope will become a multi layered garden landscape built considerately over a few years.
It felt like time for an update of the fun we have been having through the winter. We seem to have been fortunate with the weather which has allowed us to get on with some really good work and the diary is slowly filling up with bigger and better projects for the spring and early summer.
After finishing my training at RHS Wisley nearly 5 years ago, gulp, I spent some time working in rural Holland as described in other places on this site. One afternoon while busy working in the Nursery a lovely but out of place Yorkshire lilt was audible across the beds. I said hello and spent a delightful few hours speaking with Stephen and Kim of Dove Cottage Nurseries. In short, they run a beautiful garden and nursery near Huddersfield in the naturalised style popularised by Oudolf and were travelling around Holland and west Germany to see the concentration of gardens and nurseries who work in this style. Anyway, I was invited along to see their garden and nursery should i ever be travelling nearby.
Last week a visit to a quarry took me just down the road and 4 and half years later i made the visit. The wait was worth every day and i would have waited longer. A beautiful garden run by beautiful people and a very interesting selection of plants of which some filled the hire car on the way home. Some so interesting there are probably less than 20 pots in the uk and will see their way into wider cultivation over the next few years. Hopefully we can propagate and be able to offer them to our clients.
I shall let the pictures speak for themselves, although the light was a bit problematic so some are a bit flat. if you ever get the chance make the trip. You won’t be disappointed.