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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 […]
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 […]
March 5, 2018

Help the Birds this Week

As the temperature plummet this week, our feathered friends need our help to survive in our gardens – us providing  food and water can be the difference between life and death in many cases.
February 7, 2018

How to turn your garden into nature reserve

February is such a promising time in the garden.  The days are starting to get longer and the earliest bulbs starting to emerge from their winter’s sleep. Winter aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and hellebores provide a carpet of colour in our gardens, but for wildlife, February is typically a month of bitter cold and food is starting to get very thin on the ground. We’ve got some […]
January 10, 2018

A New Year, a new start in the Garden – Jobs for January

The January garden seemingly rests at this time of year, slumbering through long hours of darkness and short January days. But those precious hours of crisp light that punctuate day upon day of grey can be immensely useful in getting a head start in creating a better garden for you to enjoy this summer. Grab a tool and get out there…