Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

Wholesale Plants: A Buyers Guide

How and where to buy wholesale plants in the UK There is an enormous choice of wholesale plants in the UK.  From small independents like Orchard Dene and Babylon Plants in Oxfordshire, to large wholesale/retail nurseries like Hillier or Evergreen.  For trade only consider nurseries like Coblands, Palmstead or North Hill.  You may have to pre order, as some nurseries are only open by appointment.  While some like Hillier, Coblands, and  W Godfrey & Sons offer a select & collect service, allowing you to hand-pick your wholesale plants. Types of Plant Nurseries If [...]

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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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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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Gardening Jobs: Thinking of Becoming a Garden Designer?

Did you know that most people in their 40's / 50's, looking at gardening jobs as a possible career change, choose garden design?  There are myriad reasons for choosing to study landscape or garden design.  Perhaps that is why you are reading this article? While some may be a school-leaver or new graduate entranced by the notion of working with plants in the great outdoors. Most are mid-life change of career students who simply want to get back to nature. Perhaps you are seeking a new career direction, want to escape the rat race.  Can't stand working in an office a moment longer, need a new [...]

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