July 16, 2020

Sopwell House – Luxury after Lockdown..

  Looking for some luxury after lockdown? Today’s the day that our wonderful clients at family-run Sopwell House Hotel finally reopen their doors again to their guests. For the first time in months, visitors will be able to enjoy the hospitality of their brasserie, cocktail lounge, conservatory, bedrooms and the ample grounds we designed there. They’re offering some fabulous post-lockdown packages, all with your safety […]
May 23, 2020

Health, Happiness and Horticulture for The Royal Horticultural Society at RHS Chelsea 2016

  This is the exact spot where I stood as a student in 1997 when I arrived to help the wonderful Lady Xa Tollemache of Helmingham Hall Gardens on her RHS Chelsea garden for The Evening Standard way back in 1997. I was signed up to stay for a day as an extra pair of hands during planting, and ended up staying for the whole […]
May 13, 2020

RHS Chelsea Flower show 2011 – remembering to be bold.

Try as I might, I cannot get the RHS Chelsea Flower Show out of my head and I am so grateful to this show for the wealth of memories. The Chelsea Flower Show is many things to many people, but for many designers, it’s a place where you can flex your creativity, and if you’ve got a client brave enough, it’s a place to experiment, […]
May 3, 2020

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Memories of Gold Medal Winning 2010

This Sunday my mind returns to a life-changing moment back in 2010, when my dear friend Jane Owen telephoned to ask if I’d consider doing a show garden at RHS Chelsea with her. She’d recently stayed with a community of Baka hunter-gatherers for a few days in a remote part of southern Cameroon a few miles from UNESCO’s 526, 000 hectare World Heritage Dja reserve. […]
November 27, 2019

Be one in a million: Plant a tree to fight climate change #EveryTreeCounts

At AMPG we are passionate about how the role our gardens can play in helping to fight against climate change, but we know it is often difficult to know where to start.  This month we have been inspired and enthused by the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback. We would like to ask you to start by planting a tree.  A small individual step, but collectively […]
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 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 […]
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 […]