Pinterest Ideas: How to use it in Your Design Business

How Pinterest Ideas and inspiration is replacing traditional media.  And how we as designers can use it to help both us and our clients define their sense of style. I used to tell my design students to subscribe to various magazines for inspiration, primarily to help develop their sense of style.  Something I used to call ‘their internal design library’.  Magazines like Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Sunset Magazine where good examples.  But not anymore! Today all they need is Pinterest. I would go so far as to suggest that using Pinterest [...]

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Plant Pots: Designing With Containers

Almost anything that holds soil could be used for plant pots. Shops stock a vast range of traditional ceramic, terracotta, glass fibre and stone pots, some attractive and some hideous. It's important that they are frost proof, so check those imported from Mediterranean or far eastern countries. Be careful of plant pots with narrow necks, as the plant will be almost impossible to remove once its roots have developed. Avoid plastic pots. They are ugly, clash with every colour except, perhaps dark green and quickly become brittle and crack or split. Plant Pots: Creative Ideas There are plenty [...]

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Gardening Zones for Europe, US, Canada, China, Japan & Australia

  With the recently updated USDA gardening zones for the USA more than 80 million gardeners will find themselves declared a half zone warmer this week. This is the first update to the map since 1990 although the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has stopped short, of confirming this is a trend towards global warming. Europe Gardening Zones Map USA Gardening Zones Map Canada Gardening Zones Map China Gardening Zones Map Japan Gardening Zones Map Australia Gardening Zones Map To learn more about garden design and Garden Photography why not check out our 1 Year [...]

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Garden Images: 10 Professional Garden Photography Tips

Garden images Tip 1. On cloudless days to obtain the best garden images, try to visit the garden early or late in the day to get the best light. ‘The Golden Hour’ is consider to be some of the best light for garden images and many phone apps such as ‘Sun Position’ by Stonekick tell you the start and end times are for that day. Garden images Tip 2. A breeze is the garden photographer’s worst enemy. If you’re hoping to do some close-ups, check the five-day weather forecast, and try to go on a day when the wind strength is low – preferably 6 mph or below. Take a Wimberley Plamp (Plant [...]

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How to Design a Garden: Does Form Follow Function?

Does Form Follow Function?   A long-term and continuing debate has been whether form follows function, or function follows form? Initially, as a trained artist, but novice, student designer, I felt instinctively - and arrogantly - that the functions of the garden could follow its form; in other words, I would be able to design the ground patterns and layout I wanted, and could then translate these into a garden that fulfilled the functions required by the client. This approach is not entirely without merit and remains a luxurious possibility. Particularly if you are presented with a completely [...]

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