Challenge and Transition: the story of a Show garden

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I’ve heard it said that new experiences not only start the brain synapses fizzing but that taking on a new challenge keeps us fresh and full of life. Back in September it therefore seemed an excellent idea to try something we’d never attempted before – designing a show garden! Harrogate Flower Show were looking for designers to design and stage a show garden for their 2016 Spring Flower Show and so we thought – why not!

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Green is the New Black

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They say that art imitates life so it is no wonder that so many fashion designers take their inspiration from gardens. When haute couture meets horticulture a dazzling array of floral designed fabrics and organic shaped garments are paraded on the catwalks in style. Floral fashion is not an idea of the past, the Spring /Summer 2015 Chanel Catwalk in Paris was Bloom themed couture as imaged by fashion heavyweight Karl Lagerfield.

See Chanel Catwalk Floral Fashion Here

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Autumn foraging – wild food for free

It may be October, but it's not too late to do a bit of autumn foraging. Although the weather in July and August was disappointing for us holidaymakers, it was just right for many of our fruits and berries. Plenty of late blackberries, and other vitamin-packed goodies, have now had time to ripen in the glorious September sunshine. They’re there for the picking along our lanes - and in other places like the edges of golf courses and parks too.

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The most popular gardening events in the world

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The world is a big place with many gardens, and it is not just in the UK where we take our approach to gardening very seriously. Now seen as an essential extension to the way we live, outdoor spaces -no matter how big or small, are an important part of our lives.

Here is an overview of the biggest and the best gardening events from around the world and why they are such inspirational places to visit.

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Getting started with pruning

One of the common reasons for plants not flowering is that they were cut back at the wrong time of year, and therefore emerging flower buds were cut off. At North Leeds Garden Design we find that people often come to us with questions about this and other queries about pruning: which plants need pruning, how do I know what time of year is best - and why do we do it at all.

So in this blog I want to dispel the mystique about pruning. Most of it is actually pretty straightforward and not something to be scared of!

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What to sit on!

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So you have your new garden and now you need to decide what furniture to put in it. There is a lot of different garden furniture out there; you can choose from many different styles and materials and all budgets are catered for.

Tight on space?

If you have a small area or balcony you might choose a bistro set, this is typically a small round table and two chairs, often made of metal but it could be wood.

It gives you a great spot to enjoy a coffee, breakfast, a snack or dinner for two whilst not taking up too much vital space. Importantly a bistro set is usually at the lower end of the budget.

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An Italian garden

I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday travelling around southern Italy. Whilst I was there I fitted in a trip to the island of Ischia and the stunning garden La Mortella up in the hills.

It was owned by the British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinean wife, Susana, both of whom have now died but it has passed into a foundation who care for and maintain it. Susana started to develop it in 1956 with the help of the English landscape designer Russell Page and subsequently following her own inspiration. Lady Walton opened the gardens to the public in 1991 following the death of Sir William.

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