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October 11, 2019

Women of the Year & Ann-Marie Powell

Ann-Marie is honoured, proud, (and slightly self-conscious!) about being nominated as a Woman of the Year at the annual Women of the Year Lunch and Awards sponsored by Barclays.  The annual event (this year being held on Monday 14th October 2019 at the Royal Lancaster London), is the longest running celebration of extraordinary women in the UK. Each year a nominating council elects just 450 […]
September 25, 2019

Wallpaper* Magazine features Cottonmill Spa & Club at Sopwell House — St Albans, UK

We are delighted to have been featured in prestigious Wallpaper* Magazine for our new garden at Cottonmill Spa and Club at Sopwell House. As the ubiquity of private members’ clubs grow, Sopwell House, the grand Hertfordshire-based hotel, has taken the quest for exclusivity quite seriously with the relaunch of its wellness facilities into a sprawling private members’ spa comprising Cottonmill and the even more exclusive […]
September 23, 2019

Your autumn bulb planting questions answered

It’s a busy and important time of the year for garden forward planning with the added pressure that many of these tasks are time-sensitive too; at AMPG, there’s no doubt that we entering prime planting season. But whilst you’re considering plugging border gaps with herbaceous, trees or shrubs, don’t forget about that group of plants which are indispensable in extending your garden’s interest early in […]
September 16, 2019

FIRST LOOK: Sopwell House’s new Cottonmill spa prepares to open after £14m project

The new spa at Sopwell House Hotel is opening its doors, following a £14m investment project. Cottonmill is a new three-storey, private members spa, which offers two tiers of memberships to both hotel guests and non-residents. Sparcstudio, a privately-owned, creative, design studio that has established an enviable reputation for producing highly successful, creative and award winning Spas, Wellness/Fitness, Hotel and Resort facilities have designed the […]
September 11, 2019

Ian Jakeway Joins Ann-Marie Powell Gardens

As practice principal, I’m delighted to introduce our newest team member, Ian Jakeway, who brings a host of experience and talent to Ann-Marie Powell Gardens. Here, in his own words, he describes what makes him tick. Ian, welcome to AMPG. “I have always loved being outside and look back at fond memories of landscape experienced as a child, with country walks exploring with my dad […]
May 31, 2019

Graduate Garden Designer vacancy

We are looking for a newly qualified garden designer to join our enthusiastic team, working on a variety of public, private and commercial gardens.  The successful applicant will need to be a talented, motivated and organised designer; keen to be a valued member of our friendly, committed team.
March 5, 2019

Springload your borders with Ann-Marie Powell Gardens

Finally, the days are getting brighter and ever so slightly longer, and as adventurous stems begin to unfurl from long slumbering soil, the optimism of the new garden season reaches from the border into our studio. March is the time that farmers to begin planting spring crops and us gardeners to prise open sheds and reach once again for trowel and spade.   After the […]
February 14, 2019

Fall in love with your garden – and reclaim grown-up space…

Having just returned to the studio after maternity leave, whilst at home with my new baby, I heard the phrase: ‘Remember to look after yourself and take time off as a couple once you have had the baby’ countless times. ”Yes yes, of course, I will”, I *might* have dared to think, assuming I’d master the working/family/life balance in a breeze. If you’re in a […]