Archive for the ‘Garden Design’ Category
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
You might not have much of a liking or appreciation for stones and tiles, this is where the Natural Stone Show hosted at the Excel London Exhibition and convention centre comes into play.
This event is one of its kind in the UK and allows visitors to enrich the earth’s rocks under one roof. It is a very popular event that boasts a range of stone and materials such as granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, travertine, slate and engineered quartz. The exhibition consists of more than 200 visitors presenting more than 5,000 different materials that could be used to furnish many parts of your house such as kitchens, sculptures, wet rooms, bathrooms, fireplaces and much more.
This event is something to look at for an enjoyable day for the atmosphere or to apperciate and consume new ideas for landscaping your garden.
For any garden lover, the Natural Stone Show is definitely an event not to be missed. Visit www.stoneshow.co.uk to be taken to their website and register now so you can recieve a ticket pass for the event and even better, the event is free of charge.
The event opening dates are:
- Tuesday 30th April, 10am – 5pm,
- Wednesday 1st of May 10am – 5pm
- Thursday 2nd of May 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
The best thing about September and October is that it is a perfect time of the year to prepare your garden for the winter months. Here are a few tips to get your garden prepared.
Autumn is the best time to buy garden maintenance care tools as a lot of deals are on offer with the exceptions of products such as chain saws, snow shovels and other bulky items. Spend your time searching for new tools to replace old broken tools that have seen better days. After you have a new set of instruments, your first task is to clear up the beds, removing the dead leaves and foliage. Try and turn these into compost.
Secondly, tug out all of the weeds and then apply an organic weed killer to prevent any more weeds from growing, doing this now will save you from tackling this issue in the spring.
If you’re thinking about laying new plants and expanding your garden then this is the right time to do so. Laying new plants in now will mean they will be set for the winter months.
Another idea to expand is to take cuttings. Cuttings should be around 10cm tall and you should remove any lower leaves before planting them. To keep in vital ingredients in the soil, spread some wood chippings across the soil to keep it fertile throughout the year.Your garden is going into hibernation over the winter, so give your lawn one more feed before to ensure it has enough food to last throughout.
By following these tips – your garden should be free of weeds, and ready to tackle the winter successfully and easily.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
I have recently visited Whatley Manor – a restored luxury Cotswold manor hotel which is home to some fascinating 26 gardens set in 12 acres of land.
I liked the way that the gardens combine classic style with contemporary touches recreating an English Country house garden. Some of the features of the property include a 200 year old olive tree in the courtyard which is situated behind the entrance of a grand oak doorway. The manor’s gardens, manicured lawns, stone pathways lime trees and other features which have been incorporated have all worked together to give a very traditional English feeling and look to the whole of the manor. There is also a burst of wildlife as the Sherston Avon, a subsidiary of the River Avon runs alongside the boundary of the grounds and is home to kingfishers and swans.
I really enjoyed my visit to Whatley Manor – if anyone wants to get away from normality and spend a few days in luxury then this is a great place to go to. It defines how a traditional English hotel should be. The gardens really compliment the hotel with each garden being unique. The manor can look wonderful at any time of the year due to the care and attention to detail.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Artscape have recently become a supplier and installer for an artificial grass company called Namgrass. Whilst we are lovers of ‘the real thing’ there are times when artificial turf is the perfect garden design solution.
For example ,the grass can be used in shady areas where grass won’t grow, for hard wearing areas of lawn perhaps were children and dogs regularly go, and can even be used on driveways and additional parking where a hard visual appearance isn’t wanted. It can also be used on banks to reduce maintenance.
Namgrass design and, manufacture market-leading artificial grass products. With a reputation for quality Artscape have chosen to become a Namgrass installer because we want to offer high quality artificial grass as part of providing the best solution to our customers.
Artificial grass is becoming increasingly more common for home owners and businesses. Grass can be difficult to maintain if sunlight isn’t consistent or you don’t experience much rain (obviously not this year so far!). This can lead to rough patches of soil or yellow grass, which does not give an aesthetic look. Artificial grass can help solve this problem. It offers very realistic grass which does not need any maintenance.
Other uses for artificial grass is wide: car parks, sports areas, schools, nurseries, lawns and gardens, balconies and terraces.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
The National Garden Scheme is giving the public a chance to view two gardens – Inholmes and Rooksnest. Both are open to the public from 11-pm to 4pm situated in Berkshire. Both gardens boasted a range of shrubs to colourful flowers in two modern yet traditional gardens, offering a very aesthetic and visually pleasant experience for the public.
Inholmes – located at Woodland St. Mary, is owned by Lady Williams, the wife of a F1 driver. The garden boasts in a spacious 10 acres, offering great views of parkland, rose beds, cutting and sunken garden. The gardens combine traditional and modern features with highly individual touches like the spooky wood, brightly painted gates and benches. There are opportunities to walk to the lake and through meadow. This is a very vibrant garden with lots of flowers blooming with colour in the summer.
Rooknest – situated at Ermine Street, Lambourn Woodlands – is a fine traditional English garden approximately 10 acres in size. Rooksnest has a newly re-designed and planted pond area, herb garden, organic vegetables, and glasshouses. A very neat and green garden accompanied with specimen trees and fine shrubs. Rooksnest was mostly designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is a registered charity and raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cross Roads Care amongst others.
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
In the January edition of the Garden Design Journal Magazine, Artscape Design & Build worked closely together with fellow garden designer Tresa Pulford of Bluesteam Designs. Together, they created spectacular designs which included a log wall and a contemporary sandstone pond which was surrounded by textual planting with jewel flowers. Click the link below to view the full article.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
It is going to be that time of the year when the temperatures increase and our gardens will soon blossom.
It is best to carry on spring cleaning, make sure to eradicate any weeds and bugs but be careful not to disperse beneficial bugs such as ladybirds and hoverfly larvae.
There are, however, a few issues to take note of, and us Garden Designers will give you a few tips to get that extra bit more out of your garden.
There are several new issues to look out for when maintaining your garden:
• Adult vine weevil – one of the worst pests to infect our gardens is making an appearance as the temperatures start rising. – Ensure your plants are well protected!
• Regular mowing – Ensure to cut your grass weekly as long grass take the nutrients out of the soil.
• Other slugs and snails – Keep an eye out for snails and slugs as they will eat away your plants. Buy some pet-friendly slug pellets, course grit or traps. Invite birds, hedgehogs and frogs to your garden as they all prey on slugs and snails.
Things to do:
• April is the best time to plant an evergreen, such as laurel or box.
• If you haven’t done so already, try planting lavender! Widely grown for its scent and foliage, lavender is ideal for borders or a low hedge. Lavender can give your garden a full range of bright colours from purple, blue, white and pink.
• As daffodils fade, remove the flower heads. Don’t cut back the leaves – leave them to die back naturally. However if you want to tidy them up, wait until the leaves have yellowed before removing.
Sunday, March 18th, 2012
No doubt with Chelsea Flower Show approaching a few Berkshire Garden Designers will be preparing to exhibit. As with all major flower shows garden designers spend months, sometimes years getting ready for the show. They will now be in the final stages, sourcing materials and plants, which need to be in perfect condition on the few days of the show.
At Artscape, Berkshire’s leading Garden Designers we know the amount of effort involved having twice won ‘Best Garden’ at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Efforts are concentrated on getting the timing right and inevitably that means a considerable amount of work well before the garden building commences a couple of weeks before the show itself.
See more of our recent garden design awards.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
The selection of the right garden features can really enhance a garden.
Artscape, prestige garden designers based in Berkshire, help their clients choose the perfect features from a range of suppliers, many supplying products that you won’t find anywhere else. These unique products include unusual water features, scupltures, and pots. Of course we have considerable knowledge of planting – over 25 years in fact – so we help our clients create gardens that are very special.
Producing a design that matches the client’s needs and then choosing every element from the plants to the features is something that requires considerable experience. Not only, being able to design but knowledge of plants, materials and suppliers to be able to produce truly special gardens.
See a small selection of the gardens that Artscape have designed and built.
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Berkshire garden designers, Artscape can manage your garden for you – from design, through to build and then, if required maintenance.
However if you want to look after the garden yourself, or want to do extra gardening here are a few ideas of things you should be doing this autumn.
September and October are the perfect months for you to get outside while the weather is still mild and prepare your garden for the harsh winter months. The first step is to clear up the beds, removing the dead leaves and foliage (turning these into compost if you can) and making way for the groundwork which will keep your plants happy even when the weather is miserable.
Weed and clean
The next job is to weed and clean the paths before spraying them with an organic weed killer which will keep the nasties at bay but which won’t do any damage to the environment. Cleaning your paths now will save you a big job in the spring when you finally brave the gardening which you’ve put off for the cold winter months.
Expand your garden
If you are looking to expand your garden or have a complete overhaul, autumn is actually the best time of year to do this as new plants can make a strong start and ‘bed in’ before the cold weather takes hold and starts to make life difficult for them. The same is true if you wish to relay a lawn, the seed should be given a chance to take root and become strong before the cold weather takes over.
Give it a last feed
Think of your garden as going into hibernation over the winter, just as animals store food during the summer and autumn in order to survive the winter, so too should your garden with your help. Clear the moss or weeds from any areas of grass and give the grass one last feed before winter sets in, this will help it to stay alive.
Tips courtesy of Co-op Magazine