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What is a Japanese Garden & Inspiration for your Outdoor Space

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If you are looking for calm and order in your garden, you can do a lot worse than bring in a few subtle Japanese influences. While the traditional Japanese garden is something more akin to a temple of serenity rather than a traditional western living space, there is much to be admired in their simplicity and attention to detail.

While we bring our own interpretation to Japanese gardens in the West, they do contain some standard structures that are easily recognisable:

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The Great British Garden Party – Tips for success

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With summer in full swing, many of you might be thinking of having a garden party, whether that’s a traditional barbeque or something a little more up market. As long as the weather stays fine and the guests arrive on time, the chances are you are going to have a good time.

One person who is famous for hosting successful garden parties is of course The Queen. Welcoming over 30,000 guests each year these highly successful events are on a much larger scale than anything we would plan in our gardens but taking inspiration from the way the Royals plan and execute these events can only be an asset.

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Tips on Creating Romance in your Garden

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Gardens are a place to relax, have fun and spend time with your family, but walk into a romantic garden and your whole mood can change. Hidden doors, secret sitting areas and secluded spaces all wound together with a soft curved design and colourful planting can bring out the softer side in all of us.

Planning Your Romantic Garden

A lot is going to depend on how much space you have but even a small garden can be transformed with the right amount of planning and a well-researched garden design. A simple bench surrounded by aromas of wonderful flowers in beautiful colours can certainly create the right atmosphere for romance and magic!

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Visiting a Garden Show This Year? Tips on getting the most from your trip

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Garden Shows have become a mainstay in the British calendar, not only popular with keen gardeners and garden designers, these fantastic events are now also a firm family favourite. Whether you are looking for the latest innovations from your favourite nursery, new ideas for fruit and veg for your allotment, looking for exciting furniture for your garden or simply want a great day out with your family, UK garden and flower shows can deliver.

For a quick overview of some of garden shows in the UK take a look at our blog and for a few great tips on getting the most out of your visit to a garden show this year read on.

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Who are the RHS?

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The Royal Horticultural Society is actually a charity and its main aim is to help develop and promote all aspects of horticulture and gardening. It does this in a variety of ways, including putting on events such as the Chelsea Flower Show as well as running educational courses for amateur and professional gardeners. It gets involved in areas such as the science of horticulture and has a large collection of books and artwork in the RHS Lindley Library, one of the most important horticultural resources in the world.

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Creating a Scandi Style Garden in the UK?

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Scandi Style is very much the in vogue design concept at the moment, influencing fashion with great designers like Stockholm girl Ann-Sofie Back and food influences such as the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Scandinavian Style is on the map and nowhere is this more apparent than in our homes and now our gardens. Incorporating clean lines and understated elegance, with a thought and the right choice of plants and furniture you can easily bring a touch of Nordic charm to your outdoor space in no time at all.

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Chelsea Flower Show thoughts

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week presented an amazing spectacle. Sadly I am neither a celebrity nor royalty, so I wasn’t there on the first day.

But like many of you, I saw on telly the bands by the Great Pavilion, the dancers whirling, and the amazing acrobat who balanced on top of one of the huge monoliths - itself balanced on another stone! Not forgetting the poppy-red uniforms of the Chelsea Pensioners and the equally amazing sea of knitted and crocheted poppies by the Great Hospital.

Wow.

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