From the drawing board

Celebrating 8 years!

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jul 2015 in From the drawing board

Lisa Cox in Monmouthshire

Last Friday marked 8 years since I launched my garden design business.  In some ways it feels as though I’ve always been designing gardens, but I also can’t believe how quickly that time has passed.

It’s been a long time since I was an HR professional in the City of London and despite never having once looked back, I’m still grateful for those years of business experience, much of which I still use in the day to day running of my own business.

A couple of weeks ago I spent the day teaching at Garden Design School in Bristol and it was great to be reminded just how far I’ve come over the past eight years, from the point of handing in my final project and taking on my first real project for real clients and with a real budget.  Oh how daunting it felt back then!

There’s so much that I love about what I do now.  The satisfaction I get from helping clients to transform their gardens never fails to lift my spirits, even if the journey to get there is sometimes a little challenging.  There’s nothing that quite beats a happy client who loves their new garden.

I also love the flexibility I have working for myself and the variety that the job brings.  Each day is different – one day I could be meeting a new client, another I could be in the office or on site meeting with a contractor, or I could be out planting.  And I get to work with some amazing and inspiring people too, many of which I can now call my friends.

I’ve rediscovered a love for writing too, which is something I had at school and somehow forgot along the way.  My blog has been one of the successes of my business and I love that people are able to take tips and inspiration away from it.  I’ve also discovered a passion for photography…a big part, I believe, of The Room Outside.

But what I’ve learned most of all is that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything.  Big changes are scary and there’s always a reason to stay doing what you’re doing.  But at the end of the day, if you have the passion and the drive, you’ll absolutely find a way to get there!

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a large family garden

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2015 in From the drawing board

Concept Design for large family garden Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a family back in Surrey – I first saw them last summer but they weren’t quite ready and so it wasn’t until a few months ago that their plans to transform the garden got under way. Read more

From the drawing board – Concept design and sketches for a London town house

2 Written by Lisa on 4th Jun 2015 in From the drawing board

Back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Although I’m now living a fair distance from London, I’ve been working over the past few months with a client in Chiswick.  After an initial visit to site when I was up in London earlier this year, we have been liaising remotely and it’s working really well. Read more

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 – The finished garden!

10 Written by Lisa on 18th Apr 2015 in From the drawing board

Lisa Cox Cardiff Flower Show 2015 RHS Mazda Garden

I am thrilled to finally be able to share some pictures of my finished RHS Cardiff Flower Show garden for Victoria Park Mazda entitled “A Front Garden” I’m thrilled to tell you that we were awarded a Bronze medal. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – The build has started!

4 Written by Lisa on 10th Apr 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 build Lisa Cox SH Landscapes

It’s Day 3 of the RHS Flower Show 2015 build and we’re getting on really well. The structure for the Façade is up and the image will be mounted on it today. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – 1 week to go!

2 Written by Lisa on 2nd Apr 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Flower Show Cardiff Lisa Cox Garden Designs 2015

So, we’re down to our final week of planning and now I’m feeling very excited about the build starting next week. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – 2 weeks to go!

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

Colour sketch of bench RHS cardiff 2015 Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Another week goes by and we’re another week closer to the commencement of the build.  I’m really getting excited now that we’re almost there with all the logistics and I’ve ticked quite a lot off my list. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – only 3 weeks to go!

2 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

Golden narcissus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox

Today marks the “3 weeks to go” date until the build starts at Cardiff and it certainly feels as though the clock is ticking at double speed now! Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – An update

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks.  I haven’t been around much as we were in France for a few days (internet is always hopeless there!) and I’ve also been out and about sorting things out for my show garden with Victoria Park Mazda at Cardiff in April.  So hope you haven’t been having withdrawal symptoms…I’m sure you got by! Read more

The big Reveal…my design for RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015

6 Written by Lisa on 19th Feb 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

I’m very excited to be able to share with you the plans for my show garden at RHS Cardiff this year. I’ve been alluding to it for some time so it’s great to finally be able to show you the design and tell you more about it. 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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