The Kyoto Garden – a hidden London gem and winter inspiration for the garden

    It was really quite a dull January day by the time I walked through Holland Park in West London yesterday afternoon. The skies really had clouded over and in the trees in seemed quite dark. I had stopped by to have a look at the The Kyoto Garden, a japanese garden I had read about as one of London’s best ‘secret gardens’. I wasn’t disappointed – it is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit.

Emerged, finally!

There has been a bit of a lapse in my blog posts. The reason is complete submersion in my two final projects for college, very different but both utterly consuming. Very little time for my garden or visits to anyone else’s. Now I’ve emerged, just about still intact, I thought I would write just to give a flavour of the projects, see what a garden designer in training gets up to before being thrown into the big, bad world again. Our […]

A few highlights from Hampton Court Flower Show

> Term has finished, I am now in Brighton doing some work experience and have found a bit of time to look through the masses of photos I took at Hampton Court Flower Show. Here are some highlights, particularly from the small gardens which provide great sources of inspiration: This is the Burgeon & Ball 5-a-day garden, basically masses of fruit and veg crammed into a tiny garden in lots of innovative ways. I rather liked the table centre salad and edible flowers […]

Bits and pieces – our garden, Chelsea and Hampton Court

I have emerged from project madness – this one was a primary school garden in Wimbledon and it has consumed my life for the last couple of weeks. We had to present our work at the school where it was judged by hundreds of 5-11 year olds! They don’t hold back, that’s for sure. Anyway, now I’m done and giving myself the morning off, I thought I would just put a few bits and pieces here that I’ve been meaning to add for a while.   […]