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In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them.

Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind.

I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden.

I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.

Nigel Phillips- Classical Garden Design

One of my garden design mentors is Nigel Phillips. Have a look at this lovely garden he designed a few years ago. He takes all the best ingredients of classical garden design and the few twists he adds come from his sense of place and the knowing what will delight the client.
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Seeing Beauty in February

You have to look the hardest in February for beauty. January is survival time, March and April throw themselves at you but in February, Spring is around the corner yet nowhere to be seen or felt. You can make a start by going to a nursery to find plants in colour now and plan a surprise for yourself next year.

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Garden Design- spontaneous Charleston House

Charleston House- Where the Bloomsbury Group applied all their sense of humour, spontaneity and creativity to the inside of a humble English Cottage. The interior brims with painted baths and wardrobes, tables, chairs and fireplaces. The garden is equally quirky and fascinating having been kept in the spirit of the owners with many original sculptures still in place.


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Garden Design - Regent's Park

Regent's Park has many wonderful secrets and here are a few of them, including a bronze sculpture in St John's Garden.

Spot the images- the oldest tree, an oak, in the park, the strange nodules of Taxodium distichum (no one knows why they appear), the unusual Helleborus 'Silver Dollar' and an old Horse Chestnut silhouetted against the sky.


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Cheerful Colour from Australia

To my mind there are five golden principles for garden design.

1) Making a garden serve the functional needs of the person

2) Having good structural bones

3) Proportionally well balanced

4) Interest throughout the seasons

5) An adventure in colour and tone

The following photos I took on my trip to Australia. Notice how the background colour is just as important as the focal colour (You can imagine swapping it for another colour and notice how that would change the whole composition)
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