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Create Your Garden course – Week 3

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2014 in From the drawing board

Create your garden course Lisa Cox The Decor Cafe Week 3

In the midst of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week I ran the final week of my Create Your Garden course at The Decor Cafe in Putney, with fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller.

We really enjoyed the course and are thrilled with the feedback we’re received from the people who attended who found it really helpful to have time between each session to work on their plans and come back to us with questions.

Having covered how to take a brief and pull together a mood board to define your personal style in week one, we moved on to getting started with the actual design in week two.

Defining style at decor cafe garden design workshop Lisa Cox

We looked at the basic design principles and how these can change the look and feel of a space.  There was plenty of time to get drawing and also to have some one-to-one time with Sarah and me to help get things started.

Designing on paper week 2 Decor Cafe Create your garden course Lisa Cox

Last week we started with a session about hard landscaping materials, how to choose them, how much they cost, where to buy them and we brought in lots of samples and brochures too.

It’s so important when you’re choosing materials that you get chance to look, touch and see them in the environment that they’ll be in eventually.

Natural stone paving samples

They must fit with your personal style and the style of the house and garden, but they must also blend well with the colour of the house in all weathers. Sometimes they can change quite drastically in appearance when it rains.

We also touched on planting design in this session which included different planting styles, information gathering about the site and how to start tackling the planting design.

Matthew Childs Brewin Dolphin Garden RHS Chelsea 2014 Lisa Cox

Planting is such a huge topic and there’s a lot that goes into a planting plan, so we’ve decided to run a follow-up “Designing with Plants” session which will cover the subject in more detail and allow people time to get started and spend some one-to-one time with Sarah and me.

M&G Garden planting at Chelsea 2013

How designers approach a planting scheme is often very different to the way a gardener would.  We think about shape and texture and the overall look and feel of the garden before we start thinking about actual plants.

We plant in drifts and groups and generally choose plants based on performance and overall impact, rather than because they have an amazing detail on the petals of the flower.

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 10 `

The Designing with Plants session is planned for Tuesday 1st July.  You don’t have to have attended the Create Your Garden course to attend.  For further details and to book, please go to The Decor Cafe website.


Create your garden course – Week 2

0 Written by Lisa on 14th May 2014 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Week 2 create your garden workshop Decor Cafe Lisa Cox

Yesterday was week 2 of my Create Your Garden course at The Decor Cafe in Putney, which I’m running with friend and fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller. 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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