Garden Design Tutorial: Banning the Eraser

Why Banning the Eraser will Make you a Better Designer In this garden design tutorial, I ban my students from using an eraser! Instead, I encourage them to make mistakes which can then lead to happy accidents.  I have often used the analogy of ‘writers block’ when it comes to designing.  Some [...]

How to Measure A Garden

Site Surveying: How to Measure A Garden and Plot it on Paper Before you can start designing a garden, you need to know how to measure a garden, then plot it on paper.  In order to do this, you will need to carry out a site survey. Your area measurement should be as accurate as possible, as mistakes [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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