Wandsworth Common

2015- The front garden planting was like a supermarket carpark when we first started work in July 2015, with very sad shrubs and lot’s of bare soil. The rear garden had a high maintenance troublesome fish pond and austere hard landscaping. We replaced this with…

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  • Front drive border newly planted

    Front drive border newly planted
    June 2016

  • Front drive border

    Front drive border
    June 2017


  • Rhododendrons replaced by meadows

  • Terrace beds

    Terrace beds
    May 2017


  • APRIL 2017


  • Spring 2017

  • Before

    Before
    New terrace Spring 2016


  • First Summer

  • Before

    Before
    New Terrace Spring 2016


  • Spring 2017

Country Estate, Hampshire.

2015- This 36 acre property was in a state of disrepair when my clients bought it in 2015. There is still a lot to do, but at least the garden areas closest to the house are full of colour and interest (despite the rabbit and…

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Wandsworth Common

2014- In September 2014 we were called in to rescue this large london garden, which had become very overgrown.The hard-landscaping was fortunately still in good condition, so we only had to rejuvenate the planting. We have had fun with creating a dramatic contrast between the…

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  • April 2014

    April 2014

  • April 2014

    April 2014

  • Early summer - Year 2

    Early summer - Year 2
    2015

  • Late Summer - Year 2

    Late Summer - Year 2

  • August 2014 - Year 1

    August 2014 - Year 1

  • Year 2

    Year 2

  • Summer 2014 - Year 1

    Summer 2014 - Year 1

  • July 2016 - Year 3

    July 2016 - Year 3
    Cornfield annual flowers

  • May 2015 - Year 2

    May 2015 - Year 2
    Perennial meadow wildflowers

  • July 2016 - Year 3

    July 2016 - Year 3

  • July 2016 - Year 3

    July 2016 - Year 3

  • Year 1

    Year 1
    Cornfield annual flowers

  • May 2015 - Year 2

    May 2015 - Year 2

  • July 2016 - Year 3

    July 2016 - Year 3
    Pond

  • Year 3

    Year 3
    View from the house

  • Winter - Year 2

    Winter - Year 2

  • Autumn - Year 2

    Autumn - Year 2

  • Before

    Before

Black Mountains Herefordshire

The process of creating this new meadow and pond is shown in more detail in my blog. We started work in April 2014. The House martins, pollinators and dragonflies definitely approve. The clients seem very happy too, especially considering they don’t have to spend their…

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Village Garden, Gloucestershire

This property was purchased in early winter 2012. The clients asked me to make the planting wilder and less “twee” for their first summer – the beds had recently been landscaped and lined with lavender and the box balls were in predictable lines. We removed…

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  • Spencer Jenkins - Willow Artist

    Spencer Jenkins - Willow Artist
    Pretending to be a tree

  • Arit Anderson, Diana Charlton, Hannah Boyton

    Arit Anderson, Diana Charlton, Hannah Boyton
    My planting superstar volunteers!

  • Hannah - the handiest lady in the land!

    Hannah - the handiest lady in the land!

  • ITV news filming the local school children

    ITV news filming the local school children
    Listening to me talking about bumblebees

  • View down the long walk

    View down the long walk

  • John Warland

    John Warland
    Creative director and professional dreamer

  • The opening day

    The opening day

  • Alan Titchmarsh guest speaker and replacement for Her Majesty on the opening day

    Alan Titchmarsh guest speaker and replacement for Her Majesty on the opening day


  • View from arch to Windsor Castle

  • Year 3

    Year 3
    View from the house

  • Winter - Year 2

    Winter - Year 2

  • Bumblebee enjoying the Vernonia crinata flowers

    Bumblebee enjoying the Vernonia crinata flowers

Coronation Arch, Windsor Castle

The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society proposed to Her Majesty that they build a Triumphant Arch to celebrate the 60th anniversary year of her Coronation.  In Windsor from Georgian times through to the Victorian era the town would celebrate particular milestones of the Royal…

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  • Original Garden Plan

    Original Garden Plan
    Discovered in the shed


  • Front of house 2010


  • Front beds - early summer 2014

  • Crab Apple Blossom

    Crab Apple Blossom
    Spring 2014


  • August 2014


  • August 2014

  • John Warland

    John Warland
    Creative director and professional dreamer


  • View from arch to Windsor Castle


  • Neighbouring ancient by-way/double hedgerow

  • Bumblebee enjoying the Vernonia crinata flowers

    Bumblebee enjoying the Vernonia crinata flowers

Country House, Hampshire

This very large garden has a strong formal layout and rich history, the new owners found an old garden plan in the shed when they first moved-in in 2010 which has proved very helpful.There would probably have been 5-10 full time gardeners originally, which is…

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  • February 2013


  • February 2013

  • Crab Apple Blossom

    Crab Apple Blossom
    Spring 2014


  • April 2013


  • April 2013


  • Amelanchier and Pear tree blossom


  • June 2013

Wandsworth Common, South London

This garden was featured in my blog back in March 2013. In just a few months it looked like an established garden. All was well until Walter the puppy arrived in mid-summer; as a result the lawn looked a bit patchy, but it has recovered…

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  • Tennis hut meadow

    Tennis hut meadow
    Campion and oxeye daisies

  • Peter with the turf stripping machine.

    Peter with the turf stripping machine.
    Early spring 2012

  • Turf striipped

    Turf striipped
    Spring 2012


  • June 2013


  • April 2013

  • Next lawn to become a meadow...

    Next lawn to become a meadow...

  • New Orchard meadow

    New Orchard meadow
    Planted wildflower plugs into existing lawn

  • Meadow brown butterfly

    Meadow brown butterfly
    Blue Scabious

  • Wild carrot and Field Scabious

    Wild carrot and Field Scabious

  • Daucus carrota (Wild carrot) and Knapweed (Centaura nigra)

    Daucus carrota (Wild carrot) and Knapweed (Centaura nigra)
    July 2013

  • Orchard meadow

    Orchard meadow
    August 2016

  • Orchard Meadow

    Orchard Meadow
    May 2013

Meadows, Surrey

We have tried two different approaches to creating meadows from existing lawn areas in this large country garden: stripping the turf and then sowing wildflower seeds, plus planting perennial wildflower plugs into existing turf. The turf-stripped and seeded areas have resulted in a greater density…

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Country Cottage, Surrey

2010 – A weekend/holiday cottage tucked away in the woods – with a protected wetland site of special scientific interest – there is a stream running through the garden and a lake, which sits perfectly in the surrounding landscape. It belongs to clients whose London…

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