Madeira, island of bounty

Madeira, island of bounty

This month I want to transport you away from the wet, dark winter days of the UK all the way to Madeira, the lush, green volcanic island 400 miles off the coast of Morocco.   We all need a bit of sun on our faces and the longer, warmer days of sub-tropical Madeira...
Living with Nature

Living with Nature

Hello, I’m Funda Kemal, an architect and urban designer living and working in the beautiful city of Bath in Somerset. My passion is design for a healthy planet. I invite you to join me on a meander through three imaginative architectural projects. Each incorporate...
The joys of a bulb lasagne

The joys of a bulb lasagne

I am in the midst of exciting planning for the spring, to make sure that I have a colourful and scent- filled few weeks at the beginning of the gardening year. I have been selecting my bulbs for planting in the garden and also in pots; you need to get them soon if you...
Glorious Wildflower Meadows

Glorious Wildflower Meadows

Today we’re introducing Kate Woodhead a long-time passionate plantsperson and also occasionally part of our planting team! We’re inviting Kate to share some of her gardening knowledge and insight with us, and her first blog is about growing wildflower meadows.  ...
Historic garden with a modern twist

Historic garden with a modern twist

The re-awakening of Lowther Castle & Gardens Summer is a time to indulge in one of the nation’s favourite pastimes – visiting stately homes and gardens.  Looking for somewhere for a day out a few weeks ago, I realised I’d never been to Lowther Castle & Gardens...
Garden Structure is frozen in time

Garden Structure is frozen in time

We recently ran a blog about the importance of structure for a garden.  We had a lot of interest and quite a few readers wanted to know more about the nuts and bolts – just what elements in a garden are structure and how do they work?  Well, we’re here to help...
The joys of a small garden

The joys of a small garden

We sometimes get clients saying to us, ‘We’ve only got a small garden.  I don’t suppose you can really do anything for us?’  This is so not true.  We love working on small gardens, they have their own special qualities. When imaginatively and sympathetically designed...
We all need good structure

We all need good structure

Now is the time of year when our garden at last starts to fill out, the gaunt bare days are at an end.  Soon the trees will be in leaf, the joyous daffs and tulips will be joined by the annuals, the shrubs and ornamental grasses. Borders will become a riot of colour....
Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Last March we were in lockdown and life was getting tough.  Oh wait, we’re still in lockdown.  But the thing is, that’s just us humans – all the other wildlife around us is getting on with life just as usual this Spring. That makes me feel just a teeny bit better.  I...