Inspiration

A visit to Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2017 in Inspiration

My goodness the time has flown this year and I realised this morning that I still haven’t shared the photos I took at Stockton Bury Gardens back in April this year!

But despite it now being in the middle of summer, I decided it doesn’t really matter and I hope it inspires you to make a visit if you’re in the area.

I loved the informal nature of Stockton Bury, that it felt cared for and tamed to a point, but in a way that kept it true to its roots.  The garden sits within a working farm and it did that really comfortably.

Of course the gorgeous buildings helped things along.  I loved all the stone and old brick work and natural materials.

The Cafe was lovely too, we had an amazing lunch and cream tea there.  All fresh and home-cooked, much of it produced in the garden.

The garden was first created by Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn some 30 years ago and the modern garden still has many elements that were there at the beginning.

Raymond’s niece, Tamsin Westhorpe, is now part of the gardening team.  You may know her as former Editor of the English Garden Magazine.  She has such passion for the garden, the farm and her uncle’s legacy.

We were lucky enough to be shown around the garden by Tamsin who, as well as her obvious horticultural knowledge, had some very amusing anecdotes to share with us.

Stockton Bury is certainly worth a visit.  You’ll find lots more information about the garden and its opening times on the Stockton Bury Website.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

Wild flowers in the Swiss Alps

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

We went to the Swiss Alps last weekend for a few days.  we’ve never been to Switzerland before and my Stepson is living there are the moment so we thought, why not? Read more

Impressions of Bath – learning a new way to take photos

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Jun 2017 in Inspiration

I went on a photography workshop last week with Light and Land in Bath to learn a new way of taking photographs.  We took multiple-exposure shots and also some using a technique called Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) both of which I want to practise more. Read more

Some more highlights from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

0 Written by Lisa on 30th May 2017 in Inspiration

The Chelsea “breakdown” will now be well underway, always a tough moment for the designers and contractors after creating amazing spaces in such a short time and when they still haven’t managed to shake off the exhaustion. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2017 – some inspiration from Main Avenue

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2017 in Inspiration

As I write, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 is coming to a close.  I was there on Wednesday last week as I held fort on the Society of Garden Designer’s trade stand for a few hours. Read more

A trip to the bluebell wood

0 Written by Lisa on 10th May 2017 in Inspiration

It’s still really fresh in South Wales, but despite the cold the bluebells seem to be well ahead of schedule this year. Read more

It’s time to refresh your garden furniture

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Apr 2017 in Design Tips, Garden accessories

After a few weeks of dry, sunny days, I can safely say that the world has woken up and started to think about their gardens again.  It’s funny how we “park” all the jobs outside over the winter months, even if we didn’t really intend to. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show – Best In Show

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Apr 2017 in Inspiration

I can’t really believe that it’s two years since I built my show garden at the RHS Cardiff Flower Show.  This year’s show took place over the weekend and, as if by magic, the Amelanchier that took pride of place on my garden, came into full bloom. Read more

A spring visit to Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Mar 2017 in Inspiration

It’s a while since I visited Arne Maynard’s garden with my some of my garden design peers last year, but we were all so inspired last time that we decided to arrange another visit. Read more

Inspiration from the Cornish Coast

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Mar 2017 in Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I love being by the sea in the winter.  Somehow the rugged landscape is much more invigorating and the beaches are often deserted. 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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