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 getting a garden designer in! The garden was perfectly 'nice enough' as it was, surely? It only needed a … [Read more...] about Changing a ‘nice enough’ garden that isn’t nice enough!
In this Garden Design Show Episode... Rachel will show you how she has designed a wide garden, near LA. She'll discuss how to get the most from your landscaping materials, to enhance the space in your garden. How you divide the space in your garden, no matter what shape it is, holds the key to successful design. The garden featured in this episode is a wide garden shape. If … [Read more...] about [DESIGN SHOW 1] Californian garden design plan and how to place feature lighting
I was discussing garden design with Alison Kerr from Loving Nature's Garden the other day, specifically about how tough it can be to visualise how the garden design changes you want to make will look. The sentence “I just can’t visualise” has been muttered into my little ears more times than I care to remember from my garden design clients. But Alison’s remark got me … [Read more...] about How to visualise your garden design (especially if you can’t visualise!)
Picture this - you've designed a lovely garden. Everyone is happy with it. Even the builders have followed the plan to the letter, no one has changed or accidentally botched the design! It's almost finished. You know on completion it will look great... All that remains is to complete the garden design is to put in the perfect planting scheme and viola! It's done! (Yes I know … [Read more...] about Plant passion v precision (or when it all goes wrong for a garden designer…)