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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 […]
February 11, 2019

Celebrating great design

Last week saw one of our industry’s most hotly anticipated events, as the great and the good of the garden design world gathered together for the Society of Garden Designer’s 2019 awards.  Here at AMPG we love any opportunity to put our glad rags on, and so we were all delighted to receive lovely invitations from Marshalls, Hardscape and Harrod Horticultural to join them for […]
January 24, 2019

Going Wild with RHS Wisley Planting Plans

by Katarina Ollikainen We’re finally at my most exciting part of the RHS Wisley Hilltop project – Planting Plans! For a few weeks now, all of us at AMPG have been pouring over books about woodland plants, sunny open spaces, water gardens and evergreens. We have been considering growing habits, competitiveness of various plants, hardiness and exposure, colour clashes and complimentary combinations, scent and seed […]
January 7, 2019

Why I’ll always design gardens by Ann-Marie Powell

  After some twenty years as a professional garden designer, I feel slightly self-conscious in admitting that I’m still very much in love with my job. When the phone rings in the studio, I am genuinely excited about each and every client enquiry and feel privileged to be invited by individuals or companies to redesign their outdoor space. At dinner parties, I’m often told that […]