Modern Slavery Garden

Juliet Sargeant Designs Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to Highight the Existence of Modern Slavery in the UK & Effect Change

The Juliet Sargeant Designs show Garden is a celebration of the British Parliment passing the Modern Slavery Act  into law on 26 March 2015.

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However, this law is just the beginning. Ninety percent of actual change in circumstances is due to the actions of law enforcement and the general public. It is with this fact in mind that a group of like-minded individuals from all walks of life came together and created this garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Despite this law, statistics tell us there are an estimated 13,000 enslaved people in the UK currently, and more than 27 million people worldwide.  The aim of this garden is to raise public awareness of this issue. “Being involved in the RHS Chelsea Flower show affords us a wonderful opportunity to get the message into the living rooms of the great British public, build support and help end modern slavery” Mirabelle Galvin, Modern Slavery Garden Team Member.

The garden features a number of doors. First to meet the eye are bright, inviting doors surrounded by colourful planting schemes, used to illustrate the ordinary streets in which we live. Behind these doors, we glimpse a series of dark, imposing, locked doors, symbolising  the hidden ‘behind closed doors’ nature of modern slavery. 

Translucent planting separates the front of the garden from the darker inner space. Feathery fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and the stems of Verbascum and lupin (Lupinus) echo the vertical iron railings surrounding the garden. A ribbon of warm apricot and orange hues run around the perimeter of the garden and compliment the bright colours of the painted front doors. These ribbons include the brightly-coloured, cottage garden favourites, like Peony ‘Coral Sunset’ (Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’) and Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’. Included are recently introduced varieties like Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ , launched at Chelsea in 2010, and Heuchera macrantha ‘Palace Purple’ , which debuted in 1983.

Juliet has also chosen to include static pauses in the planting with Coprosma ‘Lemon and Lime’ and Coprosma ‘Pina Colada’ These contrast with the more dramatic forms of Red hook sedge (Uncinia rub) and New Zealand wind grass (Amenanthele lessoniana). This is clearly a garden of contrasts, the bright, uplifting colours surrounded the black heart of the garden’s interior.

The Pollen is coming, be prepared.

Spring has sprung and everything is waking. However, as flowers start to bloom, that ‘everything’ may include your hay fever!

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For those of you who like the outdoors, but suffer from pollen allergies, we want to help! As all doctors agree, prevention is better than a cure so understanding what kind of pollen you are allergic to is more than half the battle. If you can work out what triggers your hay fever, you can try to avoid it whilst still enjoying outdoor activities , especially gardening!

Since pollen is primarily carried by wind or insects, it is impossible to avoid it altogether. Airborne pollen is at its highest concentration in the morning as the temperature starts to warm and in the evening as the temperature cools. Warm, windy days are the worst for airborne pollen, but many allergy-suffering gardeners cannot stop working due to these conditions. In this situation, seeking medical advice and wearing personal protective equipment are the best ways to lessen allergy symptoms. Generally, different plant groups create more pollen during a specific time frame throughout the year. You may be able to identify what type of pollen you allergic by what time of year you have symptoms:

  • Tree pollen usually affects people from January to May
  • Grass pollen is released in May through to the end of the grass growing period (this is usually autumn).
  • Weed pollen season is late summer into autumn.

Easy ways to reduce your pollen contact:

  1. If you suffer from a tree pollen allergy, avoid planting trees or shrubs with catkins such as: alder (Alnus) , ash (Fraxinus) , beech (Fagus) , birch (Betula) , elm (Ulmus), ginkgo, hazel (Corylus) , mulberry (Morus) and oak (Quercus) . If you desperately want to plant one of these trees in your garden, check if it is dioecious so you can select a female plant that won’t produce pollen but will produce fruit.

  2. Choose plants that attract wildlife. Their pollen is generally collected by insects so it is less likely to be airborne. Plants like foxgloves (Digitalis), Campsis and other trumpet-shaped flowers are also good options.
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  3. Grass pollen sources include lawns, ornamental grasses, and meadows. Luckily, ornamental grasses such as Muhlenbergia, Stipa, Carex, and Miscanthus are low maintenance during the warmer months. Also, lawn grass pollen can be greatly reduced by frequent cutting.

For more information on allergic reactions, moulds, and more gardening tips for positive avoidance, please visit Allergy UK  

 

 

Mother’s Day Walk and Talk

A walk in an open space allows us to open our lungs and stretch our legs, see the beauty of gardens and the natural wilderness and also has a way of opening us up. Being surrounded by fresh air and lush green has a very positive effect on the brain, it calms the mind, boosts creative thinking and gives us a chance to reflect.

This Mother’s day weekend there are 20 NGS gardens open across the UK. Here are just 5 of the 20 for your to visit with your Mum and entire family:

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www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk.

Open on Saturday only: Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, a great for all the family; there are 30 acre of gardens that surround the Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables, model and historic gardens including a Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal garden. And for the little ones who are not yet the avid gardeners, there are animals to see and an evergreen maze and Jungle Gym to play in for hours of fun.

 

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Photo by Alan and Diana Guy of Kitemoor Cottage

Visit Kitemoor Cottage in Dorset to view the beautiful varieties and cultivars of the beloved Christmas Rose. Plants person Diana Guy invites you to walk amongst her 1/2 an acre garden filled with; an orchard,fruit and vegetable garden, mini meadow, naturalistic planting and cottage borders. Diana also has a large collection of Hellebores with the opportunity to purchase some too.

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www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

Fingers crossed they have had a perfect winter and the crocus field is full! For a look at naturalistic bulb planting and a field full of colour, visit Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria. They are happy taking admission by donations and also serve light refreshments in the Barn Cafe.

 

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www.boughtonhouse.org.uk

Boughton House is a great spot in Northamptonshire with fantastic vistas, newly created sensory and wildlife gardens and a wilderness woodland open for visitors to view the spring flowers. You may even see the emergence of their herbaceous borders that will tempt you back for more.

 

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www.kingjohnsnursery.co.uk

Close to the Sussex/Kent border, a Romantic garden for all seasons will open it’s gates for the first time this year. King John’s Lodge is 4 acres composed of a formal garden with water features, rose walk and wild garden and pond. Rustic bridge to shaded ivy garden, large herbaceous borders, old shrub roses and secret garden.

For more information on all of these gardens and more please visit the NSG find a garden.

And remember if you do visit, please email or tweet us your photos celebrating Mother’s day.

 

 

Front of mind with clients

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Shoot keeps Tendercare front of mind with our clients. Adam Robinson, Design (Tendercare)

Shoot for Professionals is a great way of maintaining continuity with a client beyond the garden handover stage and it also allows us to brand the regular care instructions which helps to keep Tendercare front of mind. If the client adds more plants to the garden themselves they can edit the Shoot garden page and we have an up-to-date record of what’s in the garden when they come back to us  to talk about additional plants or designing other areas of the garden.

We’ve just designed and built a small garden for a client in Flackwell Heath and, as the clients are not big gardeners and were looking for something low maintenance, we thought it would be a nice gesture to give them a year’s subscription to Shoot and upload all of their plants to the website in addition to the planting plans and other visuals. The full service Shoot package will ensure that Tendercare Design stays front of mind with the client.

Note: If you shop at Tendercare they will provide you with a PDF print out of your plants purchased to upload into Shoot.

Chelsea Flower Show Centenary

Chelsea Flower Show is the greatest flower show on earth. Once againt this year we were given press access to cover all the main show gardens. We are pleased to share with you all the main Chelsea Flower Show gardens including description, garden and plant photos as well as plants lists so you can bring a little bit of Chelsea into your own garden.

Please click on any of the links below to read more.

Arthritis Research UK Garden
Arthritis Research UK Garden
Best in Show Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings
Best in Show Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings
B&Q Sentebale ‘Forget-me-not’ Garden
B&Q Sentebale ‘Forget-me-not’ Garden
Brewin Dolphin Garden
Brewin Dolphin Garden
The Daily Telegraph Garden
The Daily Telegraph Garden
East Village Garden
East Village Garden
The Fera Garden: Stop the Spread
The Fera Garden: Stop the Spread
Homebase 'Sowing the Seeds of Change' Garden
Homebase ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ Garden
Laurent Perrier Garden
Laurent Perrier Garden
The M&G Centenary Garden
The M&G Centenary Garden
RBC Blue water roof garden
RBC Blue water roof garden
The SeeAbility garden
The SeeAbility garden
Stockton Drilling's 'As Nature Intended'
Stockton Drilling’s ‘As Nature Intended’
Stoke-on-Trent's story of Transformation
Stoke-on-Trent’s story of Transformation
The Wasteland Garden
The Wasteland Garden

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SGD AWARDS

The finalists in The Society of Garden Designer (SGD) Awards have been announced.

The Awards, which were open to SGD Fellows (FSGD), Registered Members (MSGD), Pre-Registered and Student Members of the Society, received a fantastic response with over 80 designers submitting projects across the 12 categories.

Entries were open to projects with a practical completion period covering five years, reflecting the important contribution of time in the creation of landscapes. Submissions ranged from a 400-hectare public garden in northern Japan to small urban courtyards.

We are delighted that some of our professional members have also been short listed.

Small Residential Garden by Charlotte Rowe MSGD

The brief for this 80sqm plot was to create a stylish, contemporary, family garden –  with no lawn. Click here to read more and to see plants list used in this garden.

Flatford Wildlife Garden (RSPB) by Catherine Heatherington MSGD and Alex Johnson MSGD

The brief was to develop a wildlife garden to provide the RSPB with an opportunity to communicate with the many visitors that already visit Flatford Mill. Click here to read more and to see the plants list used in this garden.

Old Coach House Garden by Amanda Patton MSGD

The brief for the garden was that it should be updated to reflect the clients’ taste and the classically contemporary styling of the interior of the house. Click here to read more and to see plants list used.

River Thames Sustainability Garden by Juliet Sargeant MSGD

The brief was that it remained ‘natural’ and in keeping with the river while allowing space for mooring boats. Click here to read more and to see the plants list used in this garden.

Good luck to all!

Converted farm garden

We just added a new garden profile entitled Converted farm courtyard garden for London based garden designer Claudia de Yong. As with all designer garden profiles we give you a full plants list for the garden to review.  One plant that Claudia used in this garden which caught our eye is Rhodochiton atrosanguineum (Purple bell vine). We think it is beautiful and a little unusual climber choice! Do you agree?

This is the 5th garden profile we have added for Claudia on Shoot each one with its own planting list to help you to get the look. To see a full list of her gardens on Shoot visit Claudia’s business listing in Shoot. Claudia also has an article on Shoot about container planting combinations and personal profile. Check them out and enjoy!