Trees for Winter Interest

December 14, 2012

  I try to include at least one tree in all of the gardens I design and at this time of the year my mind turns to those that offer interest through the winter months. For the purpose of this blog entry I decided to restrict myself to choosing only five trees and have selected […]

Design inspiration in Northern Portugal

July 25, 2012

  Travel stimulates the senses, not just those “big” trips to unusual places but even a local walk to a new spot can be a good source of inspiration and stir creativity.   A recent trip to Northern Portugal proved exciting for me when we visited the Contemporary Art Gallery in Porto (unfortunately I didn’t […]

Shady plantings

March 23, 2012

    As a garden designer, I am often asked for suggestions for plants that can cope with shady conditions. Generally it seems that people regard the shade in their gardens as a problem to be dealt with, rather than seeing it as an opportunity to grow interesting and sometimes very beautiful plants. The joy […]