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November 4, 2015
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The autumn tidy up

With autumn half term over it’s a good point to get the garden ready for winter. Look after your garden now and it will look great for you next summer. An autumn tidy up eases your garden into a state of hibernation, allowing it to rest, recuperate and summon up the energy to shine again next year. To find out how click ‘Continue reading’ below… […]
October 13, 2015
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Eating Humble Pie

I just came by one of Ann-Marie’s old musings in our archives and thought I’ll share it. It reminded me of how Beth Chatto read The Well Tempered Garden by Christopher Lloyd and discovered his dislike of the same plant. Beth Chatto wrote to Christopher, he invited her for lunch and it lead to a lifelong friendship. Where do you fall in this (apparently) charged question?..   […]
October 9, 2015
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Outdoor fireplaces

  As autumn draws in a fireplace can transform the garden, and a gardener’s spirits, after dark. To find out which fireplace would best suit you, click ‘continue reading’ tab below. Photo of a Kadai fire pit; www.kadai.co.uk At Ann-Marie Powell Gardens we like to use the garden all year round! These outdoor fireplaces turn terraces into dramatic open-air living rooms – places for friends […]
September 8, 2015
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Extend the planting season with bulbs

            At Ann-Marie Powell Gardens we like to extend the planting season. An easy and inexpensive way to do this is with bulbs. They add depth and interest to borders, whilst taking up a minimum of planting space. Press ‘Continue Reading’ below to discover how we do it! What appears when? The first to appear in late winter are the […]
August 24, 2015
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GOLD!!! RHS Hampton Court Thanks

              It may be a few weeks since Ann-Marie Powell Gardens were awarded a Gold Medal at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, but I want to make sure everyone involved gets recognition for this fantastic achievement…………. (please read on by clicking below) Firstly I would like to thank David Dodd and his amazingly supportive, skilled team at […]
June 15, 2015
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Hampton Court Day Six. It’s all about the structure

        The success of our Macmillan Legacy Garden at RHS Hampton Court rides upon many factors, but a key feature is on the structure whose shape and function will anchor the space. It’s designed to be a soft, round shape, resting at the woodland edge, where one can escape from the strains, pressures and unimaginable angst when in a time of turmoil. […]
June 11, 2015
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Glorious Green walls

Ann-Marie went to Biotecture the other day and brought back these fabulous ferns blocks.   Biotecture are the lovely people supplying the Living Wall System for the structure on our MacMillan Legacy Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Biotecture have supplied several walls for us in the past, including Ann-Marie’s Chelsea Flower Garden in 2010. ‘Green wall’ or ‘Living Wall System’? As a garden designer I […]
June 5, 2015
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The story behind our Macmillan Legacy Garden at Hampton Court 2015

              Finally we’re ready to go to build with a garden that we are extremely proud and privileged to have been selected to design and build for Macmillan cancer support. Our RHS Hampton Court build begins on June 10th 2015, and tomorrow morning sees main contractor The Outdoor Room and I on site at 7am to mark out a […]