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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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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Landscape Design Style: Should You Specialise

Is specialising in one particular landscape design style a good idea?  Aspiring garden designers, just like any students of a new discipline, may have dreams or ambition to design other than domestic or 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 [...]

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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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