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How to Best Use Stone In The Garden

Some thoughts to consider about the use of stone in the garden as ornament or feature.  Many of us are so used to living with brick and concrete all around us that we rarely have the opportunity, or the time to think about, study and appreciate natural stone in the garden. Nothing beats its beauty, in all its variations of form, texture, striation, weathering, colouring, weight and durability. Marble, granite, limestone, slate – all have their own special characteristics and uses in specific settings. Past civilizations have used the extraordinary natural beauty and gravitas of stone to [...]

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Inspiration Overload

At the end of May, the wondrous, bizarre, inspirational and manic theatre of The Chelsea Flower Show again unveiled garden design inspiration for the delight of millions, worldwide. Probably the most influential horticultural show on the planet, Chelsea is an event on a par with and maybe surpassing the international fame and popularity of other British events such as Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and Henley. It is the garden professionals' equivalent of The Grand National. For an emerging designer and even long-experienced practitioners it is oh, oh, oh so easy to fall in love with the astonishing [...]

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Paths, Desire Lines & Routes of Flow

Paths.....lead you to somewhere and/or away from somewhere. This may appear to state the obvious but in the context of a garden space the notion of a path becomes infinitely more complex as function and aesthetics interact. The traditional garden path was straight, narrow and uncompromising - a concrete route to 'the shed', often dissecting a rectangular lawn, straight down the middle and maybe passing an old apple tree in the grass on one side. Direct, yes, durable, yes (dependent on the depth of concrete, which was usually way in excess of necessity), useful to a degree but pleasing to the eye, [...]

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Great Expectations

Managing your clients expectations: -  A key to business success The relentlessly accelerating pace of contemporary living is a challenge for both designer and client. To achieve the gorgeousness seen in show gardens and on television programmes requires expertise, time, patience, love and commitment. These are exactly the qualities that are difficult to allocate to a leisure space, when just keeping the house (and children) clean and tidy and providing meals takes up all the time and energy available after a day's work. The TV cookery and gardening programmes presented by celebrity chefs, [...]

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Starting a Garden Design Business

Armed with your newly minted diploma you are ready to make an impact and earn money. Unless your course is deliberately chosen as a leisure activity, or you aim to further your study academically you will want to see a return on your investment. You may already be an experienced business manager, or have a background in micro-management, or responsibilities for staff, projects, or finance. You might be an experienced freelancer. You may be adept at sales, or marketing and a whizz with figures. You might be highly creative and talented in three dimensional or visual arts. You will rarely be all [...]

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