The Joy of Gardening:Eileen Campbell

Being a Garden Designer means that you are frequently in touch with the Public.

Sometimes this can be stressful ,because they are anxious about gardening.

I do not have this negative outlook.

It is therefore necessary to “recharge my batteries” from time to time.

With this in mind I turned to “The Joy of Gardening”.

I know the author and I felt the need to look at this book for its own sake.

I was not disappointed.

The introduction outlined why many of us enjoy engagingin the pursuit of gardening.

It provides physical,emotional and spiritual renewal.

Sometimes it is good to hear somebody else voice this opinion.

The rest of the book is divided into Seasons.

After an account of the activity associated with the chosen season,there follows an anthology of writings on the same theme.

This is a thorough and useful collection.

The topics was new to meand I enjoyed reading the short passages.

The variety added to the interest.

I would recommend reading this book to enrich your knowledge of writings on the subject.

It will also help to motivate you into seeing gardening as the wonderful activity that it is.



“Thinking out of the box” 2

This week a new shop has opened in Southwell that is dedicated to thinking cretively about interior and exterior design.

Last week I  reported on metal in garden design.

This week I would like to carry this through into desireable  objects for home and garden.

Metal candlesticks add a new dimension especially if they are in basic metal.

Another idea is steel . This reflects light.

Outside, bird houses  in brown metal are super.

They have a rustic quality  which will blend with other materials in the garden.

I hope that I have gone some way to convince people to look again at how they can use basic ideas to bring a fresh look to interior and exterior design.



Designers think “out of the box”.

Leading a life which was entirely within normal bounds of activity would prevent any creative work being done.

Designers help us see the world differently.

To quote the FT this week end,”Design,in a sentence,is about taking new ideas and putting them to work.

In Garden Design this may mean using metal as an edging product.

Another example is using  sails as pergolas to keep the sun off a patio.

By trying new ways with materials we extend our range of solving problems.

So, don’t be sceptical of new ideas in design.

Give them a try!