July 11, 2019

The plants and I arrived on site at the NEC on Saturday 8 June, a mild sunny day, and the atmosphere was happy and expectant.  It was lovely to meet my fellow designers, all of whom were delightful and enthusiastic about the week to come.  We had all seen the weather f...

April 9, 2019

Back in January I was struggling to find sponsors for Sandringham 2019 when I heard BBC Gardeners' World Live were inviting entries into the Beautiful Borders category. 

As this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Gurkha Welfare Trust I particularly wanted to create...

December 18, 2018

We are hoping to create another Show Garden for the Gurkha Welfare Trust in July 2019.  

Being somewhat ambitious, I'd like this one to be three times larger than the 2018 garden, with not one, but two water features.  

I've chosen water as a theme in order to raise awar...

July 31, 2018

I was completely thrilled and very surprised to be awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Show for my Himalayan Garden in support of The Gurkha Welfare Trust last week.  It is finally sinking in.

My support team (lovely family and friends) worked tirelessly in temperatures of...

July 19, 2018

I am creating a Himalayan Garden at Sandringham to raise awareness of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

I’m writing this two days before I start building what is actually my first show garden and alarmingly there seems very little to do now apart from constant watering.  I wond...

Cutting back herbaceous perennials in late May – around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show – is a useful trick to improve plants’ flowering performance and longevity.  Various perennials benefit from the Chelsea Chop including geraniums, phlox, Sedums (confusingly now...

I was lucky enough to be invited on to the beautiful Savills & David Harber garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.  What a treat!  My sister-in-law and I were given a tour of the garden by the delightful David Harber, who explained the concept and walked us t...

I love clematis! Admittedly they are only in flower for a short time, but because my varieties herald the long-awaited arrival of summer, to me they are extra special.

We have several large flowering clematis beside our garden gate. Their feet are in the shade and they...

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