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Duncan Heather

Duncan Heather is one of Europe’s foremost garden designers, to-date having won five gold, one silver & one bronze medal and three best of show awards for his design work. Duncan sat on the SGD council from 2004-7 during which time he was responsible for producing the first industry standard fee scale as well as instigating the publishing of the first standard contract.

Pinterest Ideas: How to use it in Your Design Business

How Pinterest Ideas and inspiration is replacing traditional media.  And how we as designers can use it to help both us and our clients define their sense of style. I used to tell my design students to subscribe to various magazines for inspiration, primarily to help develop their sense of style.  Something I used to call ‘their internal design library’.  Magazines like Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Sunset Magazine where good examples.  But not anymore! Today all they need is Pinterest. I would go so far as to suggest that using Pinterest [...]

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Gardening Zones for Europe, US, Canada, China, Japan & Australia

  With the recently updated USDA gardening zones for the USA more than 80 million gardeners will find themselves declared a half zone warmer this week. This is the first update to the map since 1990 although the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has stopped short, of confirming this is a trend towards global warming. Europe Gardening Zones Map USA Gardening Zones Map Canada Gardening Zones Map China Gardening Zones Map Japan Gardening Zones Map Australia Gardening Zones Map To learn more about garden design and Garden Photography why not check out our 1 Year [...]

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Garden Images: 10 Professional Garden Photography Tips

Garden images Tip 1. On cloudless days to obtain the best garden images, try to visit the garden early or late in the day to get the best light. ‘The Golden Hour’ is consider to be some of the best light for garden images and many phone apps such as ‘Sun Position’ by Stonekick tell you the start and end times are for that day. Garden images Tip 2. A breeze is the garden photographer’s worst enemy. If you’re hoping to do some close-ups, check the five-day weather forecast, and try to go on a day when the wind strength is low – preferably 6 mph or below. Take a Wimberley Plamp (Plant [...]

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Website Design For Garden Designers Pt 2

In the first part of Website Design for landscape and garden designers, we look at your website as a digital portfolio. In this second part, we’ll look at the ‘About’ page and how to market your website The About Page. The About page is an opportunity to show your personality. A brief bio is helpful, just don’t get too cocky.  Draft this as you might your Twitter or Instagram bio.  Most are accustomed to quickly skimming these for information and they can say a lot about your character with very few words. Text People aren’t going to read a life history or paragraphs of text, [...]

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A Digital Portfolio: Website Design for Garden Designers

Your website is your shop window. A digital portfolio which can be easily changed and updated.  In this 2 part article we’ll discuss what to include, what not to include, where to host yours, and tips for designing and maintaining one.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to make one that’s flexible and useful over time whether you’re a student or a professional. Your Website As A Digital Portfolio A website is a professional statement of who you are, the kind of work you do, and your design philosophy.  It speaks for your brand in your absence and everyone needs one. First [...]

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