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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
Ann-Marie was delighted to attend the much awaited RHS Hampton Court Flower Show press day today, where she and la creme de la creme of the garden industry had the opportunity to see first-hand the work of many emerging designers, some of whom have been inspired by her past successes at the Show, such the much acclaimed Macmillan Legacy Garden for MacMillan Cancer Support. You can […]