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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.

Wholesale Plants: A Buyers Guide

How and where to buy wholesale plants in the UK There is an enormous choice of wholesale plants in the UK.  From small independents like Orchard Dene and Babylon Plants in Oxfordshire, to large wholesale/retail nurseries like Hillier or Evergreen.  For trade only consider nurseries like Coblands, Palmstead or North Hill.  You may have to pre order, as some nurseries are only open by appointment.  While some like Hillier, Coblands, and  W Godfrey & Sons offer a select & collect service, allowing you to hand-pick your wholesale plants. Types of Plant Nurseries If [...]

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Timber Specification for Garden Design

Timber Specification: Understanding  Quality and Strength  The proper timber specification is very important as it's a natural material and therefore its quality varies considerably.  Defects can include knots and shakes (splits down the grain), twist, etc.  Softwood joinery is classified into 3 qualities in British Standard EN 942.  Class 1 is the best quality down to Class 3, the poorest. The highest class will have no splits or shakes, etc., and any knots will be small. This classification is for its visual quality only and not its strength. For garden designers, some timber specification [...]

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Open Garden Squares Weekend London (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017)

Press Release Tickets are on sale for this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend - a highly anticipated event in the capital’s cultural calendar, and London’s biggest garden visiting weekend. Organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust, this event, now in its’ 20th year, highlights the significant social, cultural, environmental and economic contribution that gardens, squares and green spaces make to the capital and its inhabitants. With 237 gardens confirmed for 2017, a record number for the event, visitors will have the unique opportunity to discover and explore some of London’s most [...]

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How A Garden Can Add Value To Your Home

10 tips on how a garden can add value to you property. Gardens have become a lot more than places to grow plants and vegetables. They have become spaces for rest and relaxation; an oasis or retreat from the pleasures or everyday life. They now act as an extension to the living environment of our homes, where plants now take a back seat or may not exist at all. As land prices increase, houses get larger are gardens are becoming smaller. Now the average suburban courtyard in no bigger than the typical drawing room. One should invest the same amount of thought and expense on decorating their outside [...]

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Nature As Inspiration in Garden Design

Designing with nature requires the designer to develop heightened awareness, not just of suitable plants for a specific location, but of climate, prevailing wind direction, exposure, aspect, gradient, soil type, indigenous vegetation, geology, threats from animals domestic and wild and the site’s general ambience and atmosphere. [...]

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