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November 26, 2018

Futurescape 2018

Being on the constant hunt for new materials, unusual yet performing plants, exquisite furniture, breathtaking features with which to thrill our clientele is in my opinion one of the best, yet overlooked part of being a Garden Designer. For this reason, we always try to make time for Futurescape in our – always busy- November calendar. With so many lovely and diverse projects to source […]
November 5, 2018

From Law to Lawn – why our Mary Guinness chose Garden Design Over Law

Although I grew up in the countryside, running wild in the garden, I never dreamt I would end up gardening for a career.  I thought gardening was just a hobby – surely no one would actually pay me to play in the garden? 
October 17, 2018

A Garden Designer’s favourite tool isn’t a spade….Katarina on Vectorworks

I think when clients or suppliers walk into our studio at Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, they’re surprised to see so many screens. I can understand why people don’t consider Garden Design as an IT focused profession, but there is no denying that myself and my colleagues are working in Vectorworks most of the time. It’s always open on our Macs – to ensure accuracy, we keep […]
October 3, 2018

Great Dixter in East Sussex: a garden that never ceases to inspire.

As garden designers, we are always looking for inspiration from and outside our industry, and is not uncommon to find us here at Ann-Marie Powell Gardens headquarters chatting animatedly about the latest exhibition, show or garden we visited. I personally love to draw inspiration from the past and reinterpret it to suit modern lifestyles. When friends and colleagues ask me to suggest a garden to […]
June 13, 2018

Ann-Marie Powell Gardens Designing Countryfile’s Anniversary Garden at Hampton Court.

Countryfile’s 30th Anniversary Garden, designed by award winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, is inspired by the British landscape and will encourage visitors to reconnect with nature to mark the anniversary of one of Britain’s best loved and most watched TV programmes, which shares the people and stories at the heart of the British countryside.
May 25, 2018

Design for the RHS Wisley World Food Garden revealed

  Our design for the new RHS National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning on the Hilltop at Wisley, the World Food Garden will form a ‘living laboratory’ when it opens in spring 2020. Inspiration has been drawn from the traditional large vegetable garden, but delights in embracing the UK’s exciting new innovations and cultural shifts in ’grow your own’, to form a truly contemporary plot […]
May 25, 2018

AMPG design for the RHS Wisley Wildlife Garden

  I am very honoured and proud (and slightly late!) in revealing my designs for two new gardens at the new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning on the Hilltop at RHS Garden Wisley RHS. Both The Wildlife Garden and World Food Garden will form ‘living laboratories’ when they open in Spring 2020 and play an important part in the enhanced learning experience by illustrating […]
April 30, 2018

Bursting into bloom – spring flowering trees for your garden

Bursting into bloom Spring flowering trees for your garden It’s been a long time coming this year, but after last week’s warm spell, spring is finally leaping out of the ground, from the branches of trees and strewing itself gently all around the place. I love this time of year. Everything brings the promise of good things to come; foliage is fresh and fat buds […]