The Best Gardens at Chelsea 2014

Oct 06

The Best Gardens at Chelsea 2014

A couple of gardens stood out for me at this years Chelsea Flower show. The Positively Stoke-on-Trent garden with its giant stainless steel and water arches is a fabulous contemporary design that makes for a great show piece. I can even forgive the use of Roses as there is so much to like about this garden. The idea behind this garden was to encapsulate the idea of a dynamic city, resurgent and powering ahead, with the natural world and energy at its heart. The use of clean lines, steel and glass contrast with the natural planting and calming water pool to achieve this.

 

My personal favourite garden this year is The Mind’s Eye garden by LDC Design which has been awarded Gold and Best Fresh Garden in Show. There is so much I love about this contemporary garden, from the layout and hard landscaping right the way through to the planting. In particular I like the clean lines and materials such as perspex, granite and glass used for hard landscaping with wonderful splashes of bright colours which contrast perfectly  with the softer planting scheme. The young designers, for whom this is their first garden at Chelsea, really should be very proud and I will look forward to seeing more from them in the future.

 

A few other gardens worth a quick mention are the Extending Space garden for the angular pergola design. The Waterscape garden for its angular, geometric suspended patio. The Reachout garden for minmalist design and striking metal sculpture and the Telegraph Garden for the pebble shaped box and canopy of lime trees.

 

This years Chelsea Flower Show was as always an enjoyable visit however I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more contemporary gardens to inspire me.

 

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Best New Products at Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Oct 04

Best New Products at Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Two new and very different products caught my eye at this years Chelsea Flower Show.

The first were some fabulous sculptural metal flowers by Tom Critchley.

 

The second was a vertical planting system called BloomWall which was similar to a retaining wall product I have seen used in portugal. I have now discovered the BloomWall is also a portuguese product. The modular wall system is lightweight, rugged and simple to assemble with many possibilities. I think it is an ideal alternative to the traditional boundary fence or could be used to hide an existing fence and give your garden a contemporary feel. This is certainly something I am going to consider as part of my garden design which is currently work in progress.

 

www.bloomwall.com

 

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Playful Garden Design on display at Grand Designs Live

Oct 04

Playful Garden Design on display at Grand Designs Live

During my visit to Grand Designs Live this weekend I spotted a simple and fun garden design on display.

The garden designed by Georgia Lindsay and named ‘The Family Garden’ is a colourful, fun and low maintenance family garden.

I particularly love the use of the colourful plastic tubs (Tubtrugs®). It just goes to show with a bit of imagination what can be done with a widely available and low cost product. My particular favourite use for the tubs, were the kids’ sized chairs.

All in all a wonderful playful garden and was my winner of the competition.

 

Contact Details for Georgia are

Georgia Lindsay Garden Design

gl.design@hotmail.co.uk

www.georgialindsaygardendesign.com

 

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 Highlights

Oct 04

Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 Highlights

This week I visited Hampton Court Flower Show for the second time, there is a slightly different feel to the Hampton Court show compared to Chelsea. Its a little more relaxed however the weather and show gardens didn’t disappoint and offer plenty of inspiration to garden lovers. My favourites this year are A Room With a View, The Macmillan Legacy Garden, Mid Century Modern and Layers and Links. They are all quite different gardens but stand out for me in one way or another.

A Room with a View designed by Mike Harvey
Unusual wooden round stepping stones wind there way up through the planting to lead you up to an elevated terrace. Framing the rear of the terrace and providing some architectural interest is a curved wooden wall with a large opening, a curtain that opens and close can provide extra protection from the elements without restricting your view. The curtain is made from metal bars that are normally used in construction for reinforcing concrete and adds a bit of an industrial feel. Additional apertures in the wall allow your eye to grab different views of the garden as you walk around and the muted colour scheme throughout the planting reflects the tones of the wood and rusty metals to great effect.

 

Macmillan Legacy Garden designed by Rebecca Govier
The centre piece of this garden is the geometric pavilion. The angular shape and sharp lines are contrasted with the calm and fluidity of the surrounding water.

 

Mid Century Modern designed by Adele Ford & Susan Willmott
This garden uses some great iconic pieces of furniture such as the tulip chair and bubble chair together with a bold orange feature wall to provide structure. It reflects the best of 50′s design and the use of plants with orange flowers connects the hard and soft landscaping . Its a high impact garden that I just cant help but love.

 

Layers and Links Designed by Raine Clarke-Wills
This sunken garden provides seclusion and a place to entertain. The design uses rectangles and a variety of levels to great effect. Its a a more formal garden however the hard landscaping and box hedging is softened by the taller plants such as grasses and agapanthus. The blue tone of the walls is carried through to the plant selection and three metal panels provide a focal point and complete the look.

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A’Court Place a delight and an inspiration

Oct 01

A’Court Place a delight and an inspiration

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I was on a photo shoot today at a fabulous location house owned by the very talented Sue Williams A’Court.

Sue is an artist who works from home in her loft studio and as I have discovered is a highly acclaimed artist who has been short listed for this year Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013.

The home of an artist as you would expect has plenty of her work on display however it did not feel over bearing, the artwork simply enhanced and personalised the space.

The house has been very cleverly designed with the layout using every inch of space to its full potential. Its furnished with retro and contemporary items and a neutral palette gives cohesion to the interior as a whole.

In particular I  loved some of the detailing which demonstrates Sue’s creative touch that makes the house such a success.

A lampshade made using the iconic paper ball lampshade with polystyrene cups attached, is hugely effective and goes to show great design can be done on a shoestring.

The great design doesn’t stop with the house, the garden was fantastic and has definitely inspired me.

I feel the perfect balance has been struck between function and design.

 

The decking provides an eating and lounging area with an elevated view of the garden.

Beyond the decking is a curved area of grass with a pebble path and two feature trees which  provide shade and focal points. A hanging chair provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings whilst a table tennis table is there to provide entertainment for family and friends.  The boundary of the garden is defined with box hedges and open slatted fencing with mirrored acrylic which completing the contemporary look. Lastly planters on the decking and thr front bedroom balcony show some effective planting combinations.

All in all this house and garden demonstrates Sues creative talents are not only channelled into her paintings but into every aspect of her life and has led her to create a wonderful home. I certainly enjoyed spending a day there.

To see more of her work or to contact Sue Williams A’Court please visit her website www.suewilliamsacourt.co.uk.

To hire the location contact 1st Option www.1st-option.com.

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Showerhead Water Feature

Oct 01

Showerhead Water Feature

I love this unusual water feature I spotted at Chelsea Flower Show . Its made using the Grohe Rainshower Icon shower heads and this design works brilliantly resulting in a fantastic sculptural & contemporary water feature. Its certainly given me some food for thought for when I start designing my own garden and it has been added to the list of items to have when we re do the bathroom. The shower heads are available in a wide variety of colours to suit your taste or decor and are very affordable.

Landscape designer Juliet Sargeant created the iconic stand ‘DrainArt’. The showerhead feature was used alongside Aquascape linear drains & lighting by Lateral Design studio within a lush green planting scheme.

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