Artistic talent and a frivolous purchase

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Rachel Dein workshop

Rachel Dein at work

Many weeks ago when I visited the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, I came across Rachel Dein.  She creates the most fabulous botanical art in plaster and concrete.  In fact you may have seen her on Country File a couple of weeks ago when she featured on the show?

Salvia heather lavender & welsh poppy Rachel Dein

sage, sweet pea, japanese anemone, heuchera, lavender & Osteospermum Rachel Dein

I spent ages chatting to her and trying to decide which of her wonderful pieces I was going to buy and take home.  My eyes kept going back to the largest piece on her stand which for me really captured the essence of our new garden and surrounding countryside and, I think, because it was cast in concrete rather than plaster which felt much more up my street considering what I do for a living. This is the piece I brought…

My piece of art by Rachel Dein Lisa Cox

At the moment it’s leaning against the wall in our bedroom because until we finalise plans for our kitchen, we won’t know where it might fit downstairs, but it’s uplifting to wake up and see it every morning so it’s not such a hardship that it doesn’t have a permanent home just yet.

Majas wedding tile Rachel Dein

Daisies from Hampstead Heath Rachel Dein

What I particularly love about Rachel using concrete is that it will work outside in the garden.  Imagine how fabulous it could look if it was built-in to a new wall, especially in a courtyard garden or in a space that is visible from the house.  Or as the backdrop to a water feature maybe?

Alliums Rachel Dein

Dicentra in the frame Rachel Dein

Concrete is a reasonably new material for Rachel but she loves the possibilities it has. The beauty of concrete is that it can be strengthened and tinted so the opportunity to use larger pieces outside is really interesting.

Clay peeling off tile Rachel Dein

I think the photographs of Rachel’s work speak for themselves so I don’t want to write reams and reams about her and how she creates her fabulous pieces.  But if you want to learn more or wish to find out about the workshops she runs from her studio in North London, all the details can be found on her website


(Images: Gerard Wiseman, Rachel Dein, Andrew Montgomery, Lisa Cox)


The garden gem that is Dewstow

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Mixed border at Dewstow Garden Lisa Cox Designs

A few weeks ago I made an impromptu visit with my parents to Dewstow Garden near Chepstow.  I’d heard about it a while ago and I was curious to see what it was like. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it, but it couldn’t have surprised me more. Read more

A visit to Jekka’s Herb Farm sparked a horticultural debate

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2016 in Inspiration, Plants

Jekka's Herb beds Lisa Cox Garden Designs

A couple of weeks ago I visited Jekka’s Herb Farm with the Garden Media Guild.  What an inspiring lady Jekka is, so passionate about what she does and about spreading the word about the benefits of herbs to our health and well being. Read more

Super inspiring Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

I went to visit the garden at Allt-y-bela yesterday, Arne Maynard’s home in Monmouthshire. I can’t tell you just how inspired I feel after a couple of hours in his garden. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Back garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I showed you some pictures from my project in Weybridge which was planted in the autumn last year but today I want to share some photos of the Woking garden I redesigned with my clients 2 years ago. Read more

From the drawing board: My Weybridge project 9 months on

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Contemporary lounge chairs Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Whilst I was visiting RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of weeks ago, I spent a bit of time going back to see some of the gardens that were planted up over the last couple of years. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016 – Some final inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Feelgood front garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

To round of my week of coverage from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I thought I’d leave you with a few more snippets of inspiration from around the show. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: A couple of the main show gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Paved pathway Squires Garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

Today I’ve decided to share some pictures of two of the main show gardens with you.  The first is Squire’s 80th Anniversary Garden designed by Catherine MacDonald. Read more

RHS Hampton Court 2016: My pick of the Summer Gardens – Part Two

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

A Summer Retreat Garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

My pick of the Summer Gardens continues today with three more inspiring spaces.  The first is CCLA’s “A Summer Retreat” which was inspired by the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: my pick of the Summer Gardens – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Hampton 2016 Summer Garden Bowel Disease UK Lisa Cox

The Summer Gardens at RHS Hampton Court are always some of the most inspiring, I think because they’re smaller gardens.  This year was no exception and I think these were my favourite gardens of the show. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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