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Low maintenance garden design – Stansted

A few pictures of this design in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

The owners wanted a low maintenance space, with an area to entertain with evergreen planting and a water feature. We screened the fence with black trellis, added a decking area and raised beds and used artificial grass both at the front and rear.

Gardening Talks 2015 – Get Involved!

Our last gardening talk of the year at Hatfield Heath Gardening Club last night. Every year we give 5 or 6 talks to horticultural societies, local gardening clubs, Women’s Institutes and U3A groups (University of the Third Age). Mostly, they are well attended by enthusiastic and passionate gardeners and non-gardeners alike and they all seem well received and we love giving them. One thing is common of all the talks this year and that is the age of the audience. In order for these clubs to continue and thrive they must attract a lot more people and more younger people at that. Most towns and villages have a gardening club or a horticultural society and we would urge everyone to find one local to them and get involved.  You will find it incredibly rewarding, meet like minded people, meet new friends and learn something, so what’s stopping you………

The First Gardening Show of the Year!

If you love lilies join Adam for the first gardening show of the year on Ideal World TV for some amazing offers on lily bulbs and a host of other great plants. One of the nation’s favourite flowers, lilies are very easy to grow; plant them in pots or straight into the border and they will come up year after year and give you a dazzling display of flowers. Happy in sun or shade, just keep an eye out for the little red lily beetle and support them if necessary. We like to plant them in pots so that we can move them about the garden to brighten up boring areas.

Pack of 50 bulbs of ‘Lily Oriental Love Story’ for just £14.99 + P&P, absolutely REMARKABLE value!

Log onto www.idealworld.tv for further details

Get inspired!

Tune into Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 from 11am 18th January 2015

A few of the gardens we look after – 2014 Photos

A few of our recent garden designs – 2014 Photos

Guest Presenting on Ideal World

Join Adam, the regular gardening expert for ‘Lead the Good Life’ on the Ideal World Shopping Channel, over the forth coming weeks for some amazing autumn offers on ‘Handy’ and ‘Fiskars’ garden tools together with some incredible deals on plants from Thompson and Morgan. Adam will be demonstrating products and plants live on the show so tune in to pick up a few tips.

This Sunday 21st September at 11am plus more to follow!

Tune into Sky Channel 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 813

Log on to www.idealworld.tv or www.leadthegoodlife.com to preview up and coming gardening products or download the Ideal World app from the app store for a schedule of gardening shows.

Hampton Memories

Hooray for Hampton Court!

We are delighted to have been awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for ‘The NSPCC Legacy Garden’ at The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden achieved acclaim from both visitors and press alike and was runner up in the People’s Award for Best Small Garden in Show.

The garden highlights 130 years of the NSPCC with a journey through time. The garden is divided into four eras; Victorian, 1920′s, 1970′s and present day. The idea is that although garden styles change, plants change and toys change through those years one thing hasn’t changed and that is the constancy of the NSPCC fighting for protection for children. The word ‘Constant’ is carved into the bench at the centre of the garden. There are 130 messages in jam jars, some from young people who have used the services of the charity and  some from supporters, some on our legacy tree and the rest around the garden. Inspirational messages such as ‘no fear’, ‘more smiles’, ‘more sunshine, less dark’  and hopes for a better future. John Hurt’s message, see below, reads ’If you want perfection, learn to put up with less’.

Happy birthday NSPCC, it’s been an honour to create this garden for you, with the help of Conway Landscapes, who have been a big part of the project. Here’s hoping that we have drawn attention to your amazing work and have encouraged people to think about the importance of leaving a gift in your will, your own legacy, to help you continue the work that is so sadly needed. www.nspcc.org.uk

Here’s a few pics.

Hampton Diary – 22nd June 2014

It’s nearly here! In three days time we start building ‘The NSPCC Legacy Garden’. Its been a busy weekend ensuring we have everything that we need to start the build; hotel booked, plant deliveries confirmed, tree seat nearlycompleted and most importantly contractor happy.

We’ve finally managed to locate some original pier caps for our Victorian garden section, having toured the country’s reclamation yards looking for them. Rarer than Chelsea Gold medals! In the contemporary section we’ve had our first look at the oak posts, paving  and steel wire work and they all look fab. The new, smoothe dark granite will contrast nicely with the reclaimed granite cobbles of the Victorian section.

We’ve had a final meeting with Cormac and his team (our contractor Conway Landscapes) and everything looks good for a smoothe build, just got to pick up our RHS passes so we can get on to site. Everyone is buzzing and can’t wait to get started. Hoping to be on site from 7.30 wednesday morning to get stuck in.

On the plant front, we’ve had a little worry about our roses for the 1920s section and may have to substitute one or two varieties if they’ve gone over. Will decide  later this week. On the plus side we have had some amazing deliveries of Asarum europaeum from Crocus and our sponsor The Garden Centre Group’s ‘Gardens for Good Programme’ have come up trumps with some fantastic plants for the rest of the garden.

Awesome Asarums

Young people who have used the services of the NSPCC have also chosen some historically appropriate toys for each section of the garden and our original Victorian child’s scooter is being hand delivered this afternoon!

Will keep you updated live from the Show via twitter:

@WoolcottSmith @Mrplantmad @conwaylandscape @NSPCC

Also facebook:

www.facebook.com/Woolcottandsmith

Also check out the NSPCC at Hampton Pinterest board

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