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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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Garden Paths, Desire Lines & Routes of Flow

A garden path should 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 [...]

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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 Gardening Business

So you are considering starting a gardening business? Armed with your newly minted qualification, you are ready to set up your business and earn money. Unless your course was deliberately chosen as a leisure activity,  you will want to see a return on your investment. Setting your own gardening business requires a multitude of skills.  You may already have experience running a business, or have a background in business management, or responsibilities for staff, projects, or finance. Being an experienced freelancer or be adept at sales and marketing and a whizz with figures is invaluable. You [...]

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Out in Front: Front Garden Ideas

So you are looking for some front garden ideas? Front gardens or front yards are more usually associated with domestic residences rather than commercial buildings. But similar principles of good design apply to both.  Many clients will be focussed on the design of their back garden. The private person or family leisure space. However, the front garden is the space that provides instant first impressions and 'kerb appeal' to visitors and passers-by. It makes an immediate statement about the building and its occupants and is an integral part of the entire landscaped setting. The front garden [...]

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