June 6, 2011

Road to Chelsea 2

Road to Chelsea video 2
May 5, 2011

Ann-Marie Powell – The road to Chelsea

The road to Chelsea video
March 5, 2011

On the up

When there’s barely a moment to pause for breath and questions and decisions need to be answered or made at every turn, its reassuring to know that one element of the chelsea garden is finalised, complete and out of my hands; the green wall boundary. The RHS Chelsea show garden that I’ve designed for the British Heart Foundation (in association with Brewin Dolphin) comprises some […]
February 6, 2011

The British Heart Foundation Garden Chelsea 2011

On a Friday afternoon in the middle of November, the long awaited email from Alex Denman (Chelsea Show Manager) regarding our submission for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 finally arrived with ominous aplomb. Having initially met with the wonderful Mike Napton of the British Heart Foundation in August, this email would be the end, or the beginning of several weeks of meetings, sleepless nights, […]
February 5, 2011

Chelsea Plants

As far as plants are concerned, the Chelsea Flower Show is a little chicken and egg – by the time you have hurdled the commissioning rounds, it is mid November, and just as you’re revving up to place plant orders, every plant countrywide has collapsed below ground for a well earned rest. But, if you want the plants you’ve specified in tip-top condition, you need […]
November 5, 2010

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned.

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned. It has been at least six months since I last blogged. I hope to atone myself, but believe me, it’s been a hell of a six months. In brief: I have designed various gardens, large and small ranging from a long large oak (yes oak) rill which strides though the client’s new jungle, under a tree-walk and house, […]
March 5, 2010

Has spring sprung for you?

Now I know its not quite spring (as Lilgreenfingers tweeted yesterday, its not officially spring until we reach the vernal equinox, this year on 20th March), but with the sun shafting through the office windows illuminating shimmering motes of dust dancing in its beams, well this girl feels like a seasonal corner has been turned. Lady Birley readying herself for some heavy pruning……   And […]
February 5, 2010

Herculean Annuals

Finally I have banished the giant stems of our long faded sunflowers from the borders, a hugely satisfying experience which went something like this. Heave out the erratically swaying monster dead plant (with banshee like wail), put a boot over the rootball, snap hollow stem away from the roots, revel in satisfying almighty crack, then chuck roots into wheelbarrow (ready for the base of the […]