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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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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Out in Front

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 personal 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 is infinitely more challenging and tricky to design [...]

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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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