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A Gold for Llandudno and Blind Veterans UK


We're celebrating a big win in the Britain in Bloom Awards this week for Llandudno where our garden for Blind Veterans UK garden at the charity's centre at the entrance to the town played a big part in securing a Gold Award. With the restoration of a large 4 acre woodland with new planting and access for the members, staff and volunteers, as well as local schools and community groups we also managed to help effort towards increased biodiversity. And everyone loves the garden, especially for a quiet moment in the sun!

 

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Royal Warrant Holder visit


Andrew this month delivered a seminar with renowned plant specialist and designer Peter Thurman at HM The Queen's tree nursery, Barcham Trees, in East Anglia.

The day started with a look at planting design to achieve different and more interesting plant choices led by Andrew who is known for his creative approach to planting design that results in better, more sustainable mixed plantings. It continued to a guided tour of the more unusual tree stock that Barcham Trees have. Over 50 attendees were then treated to a look at the challenges facing our tree population in the UK and some suggestions of new, resiliant species that we should be using by Peter.

Our trees are facing unprecedented attacks from pests and diseases and so this day coudln't have come at a more opportune moment. If you are interested in having something different or more resiliant trees for the future then please contact us.

 

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Time to cut your meadows


This might seem a bit of a strange post but more and more of our customers with large gardens are opting to plant perennial meadows. You might have visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (we were advisers on part of the scheme for the site) and seen the amazing pictorial meadows that were designed and planted especially for the 2012 London Olympics. Well we learned lots of lessons about how to create sustainable and long lasting colour in planting and now we're benefitting.

Even small spaces can benefit from a pictorial meadow. The picture above shows part of a 500 square metre meadow planted in the shade of some very old oak trees. We've used a woodland edge mix that starts with some yellow but quickly gives blues and eventually this high density of creamy white Ammi in high summer. We've cut this back to 8 inches now so that other perennials can establish for the second and succeeding years. Plants like evening primrose Oenoethera odorata introduced by the Veitch Nurseries in Victorian times but now an essential part of an English summer garden.

If you're interested in establishing a colourful summer meadow give us a call to find out more.

 

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New Heath Club Swimming Pool opens


We're not just creating private residential gardens. Recently a new swimming pool and gardens were designed for Roehampton Country Club in London and after a 6 month build they were opened to members. 

The opening has gone well despite the recent spate of British Summer rainfall (!) and one member commented " I would like to add my congratulations to all involved for an outstanding job. What a transformation. The design of the new pool is excellent, as is the artificial grass interspersed with carefully selected and landscaped flower beds."

We are now working on permanent planting for the club this autumn and further developments to support their position at the top of London's private sports clubs.

 

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Streetscape apprentices at Warren House


This week we were able to host Streetscape at Warren House to support the regular gardeners with a big renovation of the rose garden and an early summer tidy up of the Veitch Heritage Garden. Apprentices were able to learn about what it means to work in a heritage garden where there are lots of visitors and find out about the history of the house and their famous neighbours in Coombe Wood, the Veitch Nurseries.

There are still some tours available for this year at Warren House, just contact the house direct on 0208547177.

 

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It's a Gold!


We're very happy to have received a Gold medal AND the Best Construction Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 this week. The award is for the Blind Veterans UK garden that we have been working on for some 2 years and features some of the most complicated and detailed structures we have ever tried for a show garden. Tribute to the 65 people who came on site and the additional 40 who have worked in workshops and supported this project was paid when we received the outstanding award for construction excellence, something that is so important to our work.

 

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We're on site and planting


We're now on day 12 of the Blind Veterans UK #allboutcommunity garden installation. The hot weather last week was pretty intense but we have managed a few cooler days now and we are on track to create the largest show garden design we've ever attempted in the UK. If you are thinking of coming to the show make sure you book up your tickets now as they are sellig fast. And if you mention this article we'll try and get you a tour of the garden by one of teh blind veterans themselves!

 

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We're getting ready for Hampton Court


With just 7 days to go to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show we're busy getting together everything we need, checking our plants and making plans to meet Landform and all our craftsmen on site. It takes almost 20 days to build the garden and get it ready for the visitors, working around the clock regardless of the weather, so keep an eye on our twitter @fishertomlin and Facebook page for updates on our progress over the next few weeks.

 

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50 Days to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


With just 50 days to go until the opening of the flower show we are busy getting ready to start on site in just 4 weeks time. All our plants are growing at nurseries around the South of England and our craftsmen are building metalwork, willow sculptures and oak framed buildings. Tickets are now available by going to rhs.org.uk

 

 

 

Craftsmen sign up for our next garden


We're delighted that we've been able to commission a number of craftsmen for our next show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show including blacksmiths, oak frame builders, willow artists and even a craft brewery. So if you want to see some traditional crafts in a new way come along to the show.

 

 

 

It's all about community - Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer are creating RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show's largest garden!


It was announced today (10/02) that military charity Blind Veterans UK will be sponsoring a special garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. The ‘It’s all about community garden’ has been designed by renowned designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin & Dan Bowyer and it will be the largest show garden at Hampton Court this year. Blind Veterans UK are the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. They support anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, who is now living with significant sight loss. Garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “The blind veterans, volunteers and staff are an inspiring community that come together to ensure veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. “Our garden reflects this sense of community, exploring many different aspects of what Blind Veterans UK does - bringing people together, supporting passive and active therapy, providing vital life skills and independence, offering learning, training and recreation opportunities.” The charity was founded more than 100 years ago to support those blinded in the First World War. The Blind Veterans UK community has grown and the charity now supports more than 4,000 veterans, more than ever before in its history. However, the charity estimates that there are up to 55,000 blind veterans that would be eligible to access its specialist support but are not currently aware of it. Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: “This garden, at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to the thousands of blind veterans out there who don’t know they’re entitled to our support. After the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the garden will be divided between the charity's two main training and rehabilitation centres in Llandudno and Brighton.

 

 

 

Pictorial Meadows take off in private gardens


We're delighted to be installing pictorial meadows in a number of new projects. The seeded perennial meadows are a particularly good way of creating large areas of colourful and sustainable flowers at a low cost. You may well have seen the meadows at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park created using the same technique. We'll also be creating an instant pictorial meadow in a summer show garden. More details to follow soon.

 

 

 

Party for Perennial Announced


Andrew will once again be the honorary auctioneer at the first big event of the horticultural year. The 2016 event raised over £30,000 for Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all horticulturists and their families in times of crisis. Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial says: "As in previous years, there will be something for everyone on offer in our auction and raffle – we have a luxury exotic holiday in the pipeline as well as loads of weekend breaks, meals for two and several horticultural themed prizes. Last year our auction alone raised over £10,000 so we have high hopes for 2017." The 2017 event is sponsored by CED Stone Group, Bulldog Tools, the HTA, Bulrush, The Landscape Show and Sodexo Horticultural Services, and is supported by media partner Horticulture Week.

 

 

 

Britain in Bloom award for Warren House


Warren House has helped Kingston Upon Thames scoop one of their best awards in the annual London in Bloom competition. The judges said ''It was a plantsman's garden with historic connections to the 1860's Veitch nursery located nearby. The standard of the planting design and garden maintenance was exceptional.'' This is the third time we have won a Britain in Bloom award for real garden designs.

 

 

 

Fisher Tomlin at the Gardening World Cup Japan


Andrew Fisher Tomlin will be this year's Convenor of Judges at the Gardening World Cup 2017 to be held this year at Huis Ten Bosch in southern Japan. Andrew has previously been a judge at the competition but is this year honoured to be the Convenor, he said "this is one of the world's leading garden events and the most prestigious for designers in both Japan and beyond. It gives exhibitors and opportunity to show their skills alongside some of the world's most well known designers."

 

 

 

Landscape Show 2016


Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer will be represented at the UK's premier industry garden event this year by both Andrew and Dan who will be leading sessions on how to get on in business. If you'd like to hear more about how to have a successful garden career please register at www.landscapesho.co,uk

 

 

 

Hampton Court Palace Garden to go to local school


Elements of our recent award-winning garden from RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are shortly to be installed at Blossom House School in Motspur Park. The planters that were especially made for the garden will be donated to the special needs school's garden club so that the school's pupils can have fun and learn about growing vegetables and flowers.

 

 

 

Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer awarded Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


We are delighted to have been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Summer Garden at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Bowel Disease UK garden for Crohn's Disease received perfect marks for it's construction and planting with the judge's praising the use of unusual and rare plants and the quality of the detail.

 

 

 

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show work begins!


We're starting our garden for Bowel Disease UK at the world's biggest flower show this week. The show opens in two weeks time so book your tickets now.

 

 

 

Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer wins 2016 Best Contemporary Garden Design Company


We are delighted to have been chosen by the annual BUILD architecture awards at the best contemporary garden design company for our work both overseas and in the UK. Many of our gardens are for brand new developments and major refurbishments of homes for which a certain degree of experience is required to design landscapes that fit with the new interiors and contemporary styling.

 

 

 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Garden News


Our garden for this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will start building in just 3 weeks. The show itself opens with a special Preview Evening on Monday 4th July. For more information about the garden please visit www.boweldisease.org.uk

 

 

 

Chartered Horticulturist status awarded


Andrew has recently been awarded the title of Chartered Horticulturist by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. The Institute only received their Royal Charter in 2015 and Andrew is therefore one of the first to be given this title, reflecting his extensive experience in horticulture and design.

 

 

 

New Stud Collection Planter shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Flower Show Product of the Year 2016


We have recently been working on a brand new collection of furniture in collaboration with Oxford Planters. The collection uses the latest sustainable materials and methods to create a beautiful eye catching, yet sustainable, planter designed with great care and consideration for the environment. The material alone comes with a 50 year guarantee. It has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society and was shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Flower Show Product of the Year 2016.

 

 

 

Best Customer Service accolade awarded by Houzz


We've been awarded a Best of Houzz 2016 for customer service - a testament to the work of everyone including our landscapers. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

 

 

What House Awards 2015


A new home by Q Developments for which Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer provided the garden design has won the prestigious Best Luxury House Award at the What House? Awards 2015. The judges praised "the cumulative effect of the subtle, luxurious detailing that makes this a timeless property of the finest finish." We're delighted to be associated with this project. It's actually the second time we have won a What House? award, our first being with Harrods Estates in Knightsbridge.

 

 

 

Blind Veterans UK Centenary Woodland Garden wins accolades


Thanks to the huge efforts of staff and volunteers at Llandudno centre the Centenary Woodland Garden that we designed and helped build has been awarded a Royal Horticultural Society standard of 'Outstanding' in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' Wales in Bloom competition. Awarded the highest level in it's first year, the garden was praised for the quality of it's planting and other features including the wooden post and rope handrails. Llandudno town (of which the garden was a part) was awarded Gold standard for Wales in Bloom and now goes forward for Britain in Bloom; the results of which will be announced in October.

 

 

 

Build Magazine awards news


We've been awarded the Build Architecture Awards coveted Garden Designers of the Year for London 2015. The award is made annually to practices that have shown expertise in the profession.

 

 

 

The Veitch Heritage Garden wins praise from the press


There seldom seems to be a week goes by without the new Veitch Heritage Garden that we designed for Warren House in Coombe Wood doesn't get into the press. The latest editions of The Resident and Gardens Illustrated contain examples and we'll be loading them up to our media page soon.

 

 

 

Blind Veterans UK Centenary Woodland Garden


We were very proud to be invited to the opening of the Centenary Woodland Garden that we designed for Blind Veterans UK. The garden is already getting lots of use at the Llandudno centre where we helped transform 4 acres of woodland. The project was designed and built entirely with voluntary help from lots of companies and local community groups not least Scottish Power and a few banks. At the opening Andrew was honoured with a special outstanding volunteer award from the charity.

 

 

 

Designing for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016


We've been commissioned by Bowel Disease UK to design an exciting show garden for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. We won't know if we've been accepted to the show until January but we hope to confirm everything at the annual BDUK dinner at the end of that month. The garden promises to do something a little different, something never before seen in a RHS show garden and with plants that are not your ordinary July show garden plants. We'll let you know more in January!

 

 

 

Veitch Heritage Garden


The garden that we have been building at the heritage Warren House this winter is now showing the first signs of life having been planted with the help of students from the London College of Garden Design. The garden will open from 1st June 2015 on specific dates with bookable tours and of course Warren House's renowned hospitality.

 

 

 

Our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Projects


Since 1995 we've been involved with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and this year is no different. This year's projects include our regular design and planting for the Royal Horticultural Society's own exhibits (for obvious reasons these aren't judged). A special new project will be planting the main feature for the new Fresh sculpture at the centre of this area. We'll also be supplying planting to other stands around the show garden. As Andrew is Chairman of Show Garden Selection for the show we can't exhibit gardens at Chelsea at the moment but we will be exhibiting at other shows and two are already in planning for 2016!

 

 

 

Work begins on Warren House heritage garden


Work has begun on a new garden at Warren House in Kingston upon Thames, the brainchild of author VKL Good who was inspired by the gardeners that have worked there for over 150 years and the famous Victorian plant hunters who worked for the Veitch Coombe Wood Nursery upon which the gardens partly stood. Ms Good and Warren House commissioned us to redesign the walled garden that will feature many of the plants that were brought back from around the world. Ms Good said “We wanted to acknowledge the skills of the Warren House gardeners over many decades who have maintained this garden for future generations to enjoy.” The Veitch Nurseries and family were famed for sending out legendary plant hunters such as EH Wilson and William Lobb and introducing iconic plants, trees and conifers to Britain. Many are now instantly recognizable in European gardens and all started out being propagated in Coombe Wood when they were sent back by the plant hunters from distant countries. The Veitch Garden will be open later in 2015 for special pre-booked tours.

 

 

 

Andrew talks to Radio New Zealand's leading daytime show


Our work on therapeutic gardens and Andrew's career in horticulture featured in a half hour interview with Andrew on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme this week. You can find a podcast of the interview in our Portfolio on the Therapeutic Landscapes page along with another interview given to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last year.

 

 

 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park now open


The Waterglades in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are now open for visitors and local residents. Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer acted as horticultural advisers to Volker Fitzpatrick on the implementation of the £4.5million scheme during 2010-11 prior to the opening of the 2012 London Olympics where it formed part of the Athlete's Village. Please contact us if you would like any more details of this unique wetland reserve.

 

 

 

Amiens Floating Garden to become permanent feature


The garden called "Remnant" created on an island by Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer opened for the Amiens ‘Art, Cities and Landscapes’ festival in Northern France in 2014 is to become a permanent feature in the city.

The garden is inspired by local history and industry. The Romans first encouraged the development of fabric and the growing of woad in the area known as the Hortillonages. The islands in the city are a direct result of cutting canals from the River Somme. The garden that we have designed is based on a remnant of blue and yellow fabric. Yellow for the woad flowers and blue for the indigo it produces.

This year's show opens in June and visitors can access the garden on an island by bridge or boat.

 

 

 

Blind Veterans UK Centenary Garden construction starts!


Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer have released details of the new woodland garden that will be built at Blind Veterans UK new Llandudno Centre. Work is now underway to transform 4 acres of woodland into a useful resource for those using the centre and local residents.

The new woodland will include a series of experiences linked by a matrix of paths where vision impaired ex-servicemen and women can enjoy the woodland in groups as well as on their own. Other features include a special wildlife and bird watching walk as well as shelters, hides and a raised walkway through a densely planted tree planting.

In addition to the woodland Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer have designed a separate kitchen garden that will include some more unusual edible plants. Paul Wynne-Williams who is leading the project said “Blind Veterans UK has been providing services to veterans since 1915 and as we approach our 100th year this is a great way to celebrate the work that we do by providing a resource that not just our visitors but the whole community can use.”