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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 […]
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 […]