Apple iTree: the botanical trend reaches new heights with Ficus maclellandii ‘Alii’

This week Apple reopened its flagship London store on Regent Street after months of renovations to reveal the focal point as n

Beauty of life in all its stages (4 Macauley Road, Clapham NGS)

Time is a wonderful gift, it changes things. None are more aware of this than gardeners.

NGS Camberwell

As my longtime readers will know I am a huge, huge fan of the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Chris and I visit loads of gardens

Modernist garden design at The Homewood

After learning of The Homewood while studying garden design history with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, I finally visite

That sinking feeling – RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The other week Chris and I went to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show where two things stood out: sunken gardens and garden

From the streets: Brighton’s futuristic municipal planting

I don’t know what they put in the water down in Brighton (where I work) but I suspect it’s either Maxigrow or R

Lambeth Palace Gardens

As part of the RHS Level 3 course we have to learn about different garden design eras, one of which is medieval. Lambeth Palac

7 Chiswick Open Gardens in One Day! (NGS)

On Saturday 28 May 2016 Chris and I popped to west London to visit the four NGS open gardens on Chiswick Mall. On paying to e

24 Things at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016

This is my third year at the Chelsea Flower Show and it remains an emotional experience. Excitement, inspiration. Admiration f

7 Trends at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

I’ll have more blog posts this week with my photos and thoughts from the Chelsea Flower Show 2016, but I wanted to quick

Gallery: Chelsea Flower Show 2014 & 2015 recap

“People can only dream of a Chelsea Flower Show garden” they say. To that I say: “utter tosh!” Anythin

PHOTO GALLERY: Barbican Conservatory, London

Brutalist, futurist. Despite the concrete, the Barbican exudes such atmosphere and style that you’ll feel as though you

Alan in Wonderland: East Ruston Old Vicarage

I knew East Ruston Old Vicarage in Norfolk would be special. What I hadn’t appreciated is that what Alan Gray and Graham

Rousham: getting to the heart of landscape garden design

As I arrived at Rousham, the single other visitor was leaving and I had the entire place to myself for the duration. The onl

Photo Gallery: My favourite garden design inspiration from my travels

This gallery contains a selection of my favourite garden design from 2014 and 2015. Photos are from the last two Chelsea Flowe

Autumn at Kew Gardens

It feels like Kew Gardens is upping its garden design efforts – or perhaps I’m just more aware of them. The grass

National Dahlia Society Annual Show 2015 & RHS Dahlia Trials

I returned to the National Dahlia Society’s Annual Show today after being totally gobsmacked last year. Though trying n

Regent’s Park a high summer stunner

I can’t be very observant. I’ve been visiting Regent’s Park my whole life but only paid attention to the inc

NGS 2015 – one of the greatest things to hit British summertime

Quite unexpectedly, one of the highlights of my year snuck up on me and I now look forward to it more than a raspberry Magnum

Sissinghurst & Monks House – intertwined lives endure in the gardens

We visited Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Castle and Virginia Woolf’s Monks House on separate days during our

Great Dixter – a garden outside of time

Stepping onto Great Dixter soil is like stepping into a dream world of wispy, airy meadows, curvy Dali-esque hedges, alien jun

Nymans, Hayward’s Heath

On Sunday 5th July, we visited Nymans, one of the four famous gardens featured in the BBC mini series, British Gardens in Time

A walk on the South Downs at dusk

It started with a lama and ended with an allotment of Delphiniums, with wildflower meadows and immaculate fields in between. E

Standen House, East Grinsted

On the first morning of our summer holiday in Sussex we were diverted by rain from Wakehurst to nearby Standen House, and I&#

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in early summer

My fourth trip to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the first time at the start of summer when everything is bursting in

Ferns at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

I’ve gone fern mad – I don’t even know how it happened. This weekend, on my final (boo!) RHS Level 2 study days at t

15 Things at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Last year was my first trip to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it changed my world. This year, it didn’t have the same gobs

NGS 2015: 51 The Chase, Clapham by Charles Rutherfoord and Rupert Tyler

The very first garden we visited last year on the National Garden Scheme (NGS) was the Clapham based 51 The Chase by designer

It’s all grow in the Eden community garden

I’ve been really lucky in recent months to be allowed to use a small 2 x 2m raised bed in my local community garden in

RHS Wisley in spring

I had two gardening epiphanies on Friday at RHS Wisley (that place gets me with every visit!). First, just sitting in the sun

Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie, London

“It’s like being at Kew Gardens in the sky!” exclaimed one visitor – I’d liked to have responded

[PHOTO GALLERY] 2015 so far

Not a lot going on in the garden right now. I’m planning, planning, planning while also revising for my RHS exams in ear

25 Photos of interesting autumn sightings (and what I thought at the time)

Here are 25 things I spotted in September and October that I thought were beautiful for all manner of reasons and managed to

Chelsea Physic Garden in Autumn

Today I made the most of my new Royal Horticultural Society membership and visited the Chelsea Physic Garden next to the Thame

From the streets: who needs a garden to garden?!

I was just moseying around Brighton at lunch and four houses caught my eye down a street by the North Laines. They don’

RHS Wisley Flower Show 2014

Yesterday I went to RHS Wisley for the flower show, in particular the National Dahlia Society’s annual show and I hadn&

National Dahlia Society Annual Show 2014 at RHS Wisley

It’s not often something knocks my socks off and genuinely makes me say “wow” out loud but then I have nev

Camley Street Natural Park, King’s Cross, London

This weekend I was in central London on a trip as a treat for our work’s volunteers. During one of the activities I stum

35 Turret Grove Open Garden

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is brilliant because it raises money for charity and lets us snoop around other people’

Cragside, Northumberland

In July 2014 we went on a road trip around the north of England and Scotland, covering off some of the most beautiful areas of

Biddulph Grange

In the summer of 2014 we had a staycation in the UK, roadtripping it to Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scotland, the Lake District

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

I went to the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time this year and it was a much better experience than I expected. There were

Clapham Manor Street front garden

At the Chelsea Flower Show 2014, one of the gardens I loved the most was the London Square garden, inspired by the many London

28 Sibella Road, Clapham

The garden of designer, Lorraine Johnson Rosner was open over the summer and is an immaculate space with an extra side garden

Ham House, Richmond, London

In early summer, Chris and I visited Ham House in Richmond. The walk along the Thames in the sun was an unexpected bonus with

Eden Community Garden St. Paul’s Church, Old Town

The Eden community garden hidden in Clapham Old Town is a beautiful and peaceful spot anytime of year. But in spring it comes

NGS 2014: 51 The Chase, Clapham

The garden of designer Charles Rutherfoord at 51 The Chase in Clapham is tulip heaven in spring, with thousands of the flowers

Kew Gardens in spring: a sea of blue bells and dazzling Azaleas

I’ve visited Kew gardens at least once a year since I was a child (probably about 9 years old) and since moving to Londo

Holy Trinity Hospice, Clapham, Open Garden

The Holy Trinity Hospice in Clapham has an award winning garden split into a number of key areas. They including a terrace, in

Clapham Common Old Town Daffodils