Changing a ‘nice enough’ garden that isn’t nice enough!


A few years back, a friend of mine asked me to redesign the garden of a house she’d just bought. I was happy to help as I could see there was lots of room for improvement. Her family were all keen gardeners, and by the look on their faces, they were somewhat aghast at her […]

Garden update – sort of…


If you have been wondering what happened to my parent’s garden we featured in episodes 8 and 9 of the Garden Design Show, the one that needed the flower beds updating. Yes, the one where we’d removed a large hedge and mother nature had done her thing and put all sorts of clashing colour combinations together, […]

Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden makeover – Case study


When it comes to garden design, some gardens are definitely more challenging than others. A particularly tricky one  is the long narrow side garden, which often ends up as a junkyard. It’s not really large enough to do anything with, that’s the problem. Well actually, with a few cunning design tricks, you can turn that […]

[DESIGN SHOW 10] – Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas, with Niki Jabbour


To get Niki’s book, visit: Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas In this episode of Garden Design Show, Rachel will tell you all about how you can incorporate fruits and vegetables into your garden using stunning tips and tricks, regardless of what size your garden is. This episode features a guest expert, a broadcaster and the best […]

Large square garden makeover – Case study


Square gardens can be a little bit tricky to design, because you can see everything in one go, which often makes them quite boring to look at. So, how do you design your garden if it’s a boring square shape? Good question, glad you asked! If the garden is large enough, you can often divide […]

[DESIGN SHOW 6] – Front Garden Ideas


Check out the Great Garden Formula online garden design course that Rachel mentions in the episode: Front Garden Design Ideas In this video, you will learn how to transform your front garden. Professional international, garden designer, Rachel Mathews, will show you how to plan front garden design ideas in a number of ways. She […]

How to Draw and Group Plant Symbols


I’m delighted to introduce Lisa from the Lisa Orgler Design. Lisa is a fabulous designer and artist, she’s very kindly agreed to show us how to draw planting plan symbols like a pro. We all have grand ideas for our garden.  We scrutinize local nurseries, plant catalogues and Pinterest for plant ideas and interesting combinations, […]

[DESIGN SHOW 4] – Garden Makeover Ideas


Download your FREE landscaping design guide here: This Garden Design Show episode features the second quick-sketch challenge. In ten minutes or less, designer Rachel Mathews will come up with as many landscape design ideas as she can for a viewer’s garden in the UK, near Cardiff. You’ll be able to see how to do […]

[DESIGN SHOW 3] – Edible, modern landscape design with focal point and lighting design tips


Episode 3 – Creating an edible, modern garden Creating a garden that is full of edibles AND looks good, can be quite a daunting challenge. In this episode, landscape designer, Rachel Mathews, will show you how she transformed a garden in Malaysia into a contemporary, food-producing garden. This episode also looks at how to correctly […]

Gifts for gardeners – ideas to help prevent you buying your loved ones socks (again)!


If you’re struggling for what to buy beloved friends and family for Christmas, then here’s some suggestions that might just help you! Sarah Raven Garden Goodies (UK) Writer, broadcaster and teacher, Sarah Raven has put together a lovely selection of garden gifts, with everything ranging from tools, gardening kits, clothing, unusual see mixes and much, […]

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