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2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Skin Deep 

I am very proud and excited to announce that I will be show casing the Skin Deep garden at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Skin Deep is a conceptual garden and has been created for an established UK skin care company. Concrete blocks have been used to represent different human faces and skin conditions. Each one represents a different condition that could affect any one of us over a lifetime.

Our outer layer reflects our life story and reveals to the world our joys, stresses and worries in the form of everything from birthmarks to wrinkles. It is a window into our genetic past. This concept is echoed in the garden’s textural planting scheme.

The plants used have been chosen for their form and texture, reflecting different skin conditions. Small pools of water add a reflective quality and are symbolic of the necessity of water to maintain healthy skin. The path leads through a virtual cityscape sculpture to an area for contemplation on the story our own skin tells.

Judging Windsor Street - Cambridge In Bloom

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I had the honour of being asked to judge the front garden annual competition on Windsor Road in Cambridge. It was lovely to be part of such an event that is supported by the community. Congratulations to the winners and runners up.  

Tulips

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Tulips looking spectacular in a clients garden.

Before photos on a new country estate project

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Really excited to be giving this garden a new lease of life. All the plants are to be removed, yorkstone lifted and relayed and a whole brand new scheme and borders will be created for this area of a country estate in Hertfordshire. Watch this space.

Hertfordshire New Build Taking Shape

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Garden almost finished in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Trees, structural hedging, shrubs and herbaceous planting are in but will need time to fill out. Garden designed on a 45 degree angle to maximise the space. Clients very happy.

Hertfordshire New Build Garden

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Garden coming along nicely in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Trees, structural hedging, shrubs and herbaceous planting to follow in the spring. Garden designed on a 45 degree angle to maximise the space. Clients very happy.

Chiswick Garden Looking Good

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This week I visited my clients Chiswick garden that I designed and built last year. The garden is to feature in an upcoming edition of Pro Landscaper magazine which is very flattering. These photos were taken by my client in late spring. The garden is still looking great in it's now autumnal form.

Day 6 - Time to rope

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Day 5 - Plants start to arrive and we make our own polytunnel

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Plants start to arrive and we create our own shade

Day 1

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Wood is Good

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Collecting our oak posts from the saw mill. 

Last Kelways Visit

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The Model

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I created a model of the garden so that I could double check the scale and proportion. 

Second Kelways Visit

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A visit to Somerset to see the great Dave Root and the Kelways team to see how the plants are getting on.

All Change

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I have made some important changes to the design of the garden. It wasn't sitting well with me that the six main posts represent six people and yet the posts within the design were all the same size. To make the design more in keeping with the concept I have changed the heights and widths of the posts so that they all vary in size. Neil at Crayonfire very kindly helped me bring my two illustrations together to make an updated image.

Playing With Rope

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Here is Jamie playing with rope on a rainy day. We have constructed a mini mock up of the garden to experiment with rope threading techniques.