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!