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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!