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Inspirational Gardens in London, England and around the world

As a garden designer based in London I am always visiting gardens for inspiration. I hope that this blog helps to share my enthusiasm for these fantastic spaces – perhaps even giving you ideas for layouts and planting in your own garden or landscape.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – Hampshire

Sir Harrold Hillier (of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centre fame) began developing these gardens back in 1953. As with many great gardens they mature and improve with age. His specimen tree planting has left us with some magnificent and unusual specimens to enjoy today.  The garden is famous for its seasonal interest. As we are … Continued

Stowe Gardens – Buckinghamshire

What a privilege it is to be able to walk around a garden that was created 300 years ago.With an abundance of purpose built monuments, ornate bridges, waterfalls and Gothic temples you could be harsh enough to call it the Disney Land of the 18th century. However, this would not do justice to the workmanship … Continued

Winter Countryside – The Lakes, Cumbria

My winter walking holiday in The Lake District revealed a stunning landscape as well as some ideas that can be used on a more domestic scale. Snow Day I was lucky enough to get a day where the landscape was transformed into a magical winter wonderland. When the world is transformed into black and white … Continued

Mottisfont – Hampshire

On a gloriously sunny day that had the crisp onset of autumn in the air I visited an intriguing garden nestled on the River Test in the Hampshire countryside.People have been gardening at this idyllic slice of Hampshire since the 13th Century but the layout we see today is more recognisably Georgian with its parkland … Continued

Penshurst Place and Gardens – Kent

Wow, what an amazing garden. If you enjoy gardens, grandeur and history then this is a must see. It is a living, breathing English country estate that has been in one family since 1552 and is currently owned by Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. The house and landscape here is steeped in … Continued

Chelsea Physic Garden – Chelsea, London, UK

I have been busy designing gardens, sending out quotes and booking landscape projects in so that people have a beautiful new space ready for them to use this summer. After a busy few weeks and lots of time either at my desk or zipping around London’s busy streets I was completely enriched by a visit … Continued

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

Walking around Singapore feels like the opening of a utopian Hollywood film set in a futuristic metropolis; I have not found a place so awe-inspiring for a long time. The Gardens by the Bay continued the futuristic appearance with a sprinkling of magic and wonder. As you walk past two skyscrapers with a giant ship … Continued

Kensington Roof Gardens

Whilst walking down Kensington High Street you could be completely unaware of a 1.5 acre garden suspended high above the street. This was the largest roof garden in Europe for the whole of the 20th century. The gardens are remarkable for the reason that you are transformed to an eccentric early 20th century country garden, … Continued

Borde Hill Garden – West Sussex

On an unseasonably warm autumnal day, with a few friends and Charlie the dog we enjoyed the beautiful russet tones and floral surprises of this Edwardian garden. The strong reds and yellows of autumn appeared even brighter against the grey backdrop of a misty day. Due to the lack of any really cold weather so … Continued

Voewood House – Norfolk

I was in my home county of Norfolk last weekend for a beautiful wedding in the Arts and Crafts setting of Voewood House. Although I had been told that this house was a great example of the period (dating from 1903) I was excited to find the gardens were similarly special. The gardens are still … Continued