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Winter Garden Structure

In temperate and northern climates architectural plants are most evident during the skeletal winter months, when all is laid bare. So what is an architectural plant? Structure and form are its two common elements. Visually strong and ever-present, architectural plants are the backbone of every planting scheme and are the first and most important choices to be made by the designer. They create the framework that supports the entire planting plan and are therefore usually large shrubs, grasses, bamboos, ferns, hedges or trees. They may be deciduous or evergreen, but chosen for permanency in the [...]

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Aspire and Specialise

Should You Specialise In One Particular Design Style? Aspiring garden designers, just like any students of a new discipline, may have dreams or ambition to design other than domestic or local commercial landscapes. The world of landscape and garden design is just that: a big wide world full of opportunities and challenges. Your design course will give you a thorough grounding in the history of garden design through the ages, in climates and conditions some familiar, others that may be completely alien to the environments and climates you have experienced. You will learn how to manage and exploit [...]

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A Moment at Dusk

Taking Inspiration from Nature.  I took my dog Oliver for a favourite walk at dusk this evening. It was 5.15pm and still just light enough to make out the path which runs high above and parallel to the sandy strand edging the bay. Known as 'green lanes' around here they are tractor-wide grassy tracks flanked by dry stone walls and hedges. They criss-cross and meander through paddocks and fields, unseen and away from asphalted roads and used almost exclusively by farmers checking on livestock and moving them from pasture to pasture to graze in peace. From the air these tracks are visible, [...]

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Aspire and Specialise

How training as a garden designer will change your whole outlook on life. Aspiring garden designers, just like any students of a new discipline, may have dreams or ambition to design other than domestic or local commercial landscapes. The world of landscape and garden design is just that: a big wide world full of opportunities and challenges. Your design course will give you a thorough grounding in the history of garden design through the ages, in climates and conditions some familiar, others that may be completely alien to the environments and climates you have experienced. You will learn how [...]

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Container Gardening

Designing With Containers – Avoiding Tacky! Almost anything that holds soil and can have drainage holes inserted maybe used for containing plants. Retail outlets stock a vast range of traditional ceramic, terracotta, glass fibre and stone pots, window boxes and containers, some attractive and some hideous. It's important that they are frost proof, so check those imported from Mediterranean or far eastern countries as they may not be. Be careful of pots with a narrow neck, as the plant will be almost impossible to remove once its roots have developed. Avoid plastic pots. They are ugly, clash [...]

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