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June 2, 2015
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The Mews at Sopwell House Hotel

We are very pleased and proud to announce that implementation of our Mews Garden at prestgious Sopwell House Hotel has now been completed.  Interior designers Sparc Studio have individually designed sixteen Mews suites within the grounds of the 4-star 128-bedroom boutique hotel Sopwell House, all of which are accessed through a private courtyard designed by Ann-Marie Powell Gardens. Enclosed by pleached hornbeam trees, yew hedging and bespoke woven oak […]
May 13, 2015
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The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge on BBC2

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the British gardening calendar and the most famous gardening show in the world. Now for the first time, in a partnership between the RHS and the BBC, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge will see six amateur garden designers compete to win the biggest prize in gardening – to design and build a garden feature on Main […]
October 20, 2014
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The Pleasure and Pain of Bulbs

As I sit at my desk, I know I’m not alone in my guilt. It’s the bulbs you see (it’s always the bulbs)…….  Each year as the annual flurry of bulb catalogues thud through the studio’s letterbox (even though every inch of my garden is jammed to capacity) I am bewitched by the possibilities. The vividity of the colours, the promise of scent, blooms for […]
October 7, 2014
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Greenfingers – creating magical spaces in children’s hospices.

Last year I received a phone call from Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers Chairman, old friend and fellow garden designer inviting me to join a team of experts curating the ten children’s hospice gardens forming part of Greenfingers  Rosy Cheeks Appeal.Thank heavens I took the call that day! Children’s hopices receive no funding from central government – there’s isn’t any spare cash for hospices to spend on the […]
June 10, 2014
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My Highlight Show Gardens of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

 I was lucky enough to be at Chelsea for almost the entire week that The Royal Hospital in Chelsea welcomed the public into its grounds to celebrate the very best that British Horticulture has to offer.  You can still take a tour of the show gardens that Chris Beardshaw and I covered for the coveted People’s Choice Award 2014 by pressing on the link here, […]
May 12, 2014
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Financial Times – How to Spend it

Leading garden writer Tim Richardson, features gardens and commentary from Ann-Marie Powell in his recent article for the Financial Times ‘How to Spend It’ magazine.  In his article ‘Statement Front Garden’s’, Tim Richardson discusses how front gardens are coming to the fore with dynamic new styles that bring a strong sense of personality. Our studio is delighted to have been included, with much comment from […]
March 10, 2014

Alitex’s Gardener’s Question Time

Are you free on Thursday 13th March at 6.30pm?  Then why not join Ann-Marie, John Wood from the National Trust’s Hinton Ampner, Tony Kirham from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Andy Lewis from National Trust’s Uppark for leading glasshouse company Alitex’s third Gardener’s Question Time? Already in its third year, Alitex’s Question Time for gardeners has proved to be a popular event for professionals and […]
February 26, 2014
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The Telegraph article on How to Design the Perfect Conservatatory

We are delighted to let you know that Ann-Marie has just written a comprehensive article for The Telegraph’s weekend gardening pages on designing your perfect conservatory. How to Design the Perfect Conservatory   The article was a wonderful opportunity to sing the praises of many of the specialist conservatory designers and plantsman we admire. Click on the link above to read more about them, including […]