My week: A fair deal for garden designers!


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Over the last couple of weeks I have experienced something that has disturbed me a great deal.

Often I have written articles to express my desire that clients try to gain some knowledge on what degree of expertise is needed to be a Garden Designer.

After the brief has been taken hours of research are needed to plan the design.

Care must be taken that construction details comply with agreed standards.

We try to explain this to the client.

Sometimes it is very difficult indeed.

If the brief requires states that the users may be people with dementia the research must be more rigourous.

Local authorities and building regulators come into play.

Paths must be a certain width.

People cannot be expected to use the same road as cars.

Raised beds need to be accessible to wheel chair users.

Probably lights could be useful .

I am trying to stress that cost and superficial aspects should be balanced against health and safety.

A sensible and considerate approach is needed.

I think that properly informed adults are aware of the care that must be taken.

From my experience in the last couple of weeks I worry that people who are setting up care homes and gardens do not take enough care.

Thankfully controls are in place to ensure the safety and monitoring of these homes.

This gives me reason to hope .

It will also offer peace of mind.







Places of the Mind:British museum:

The exhibition of watercolour paintings at the British Museum  is worth a visit.

I have only just started art lessons.

I have tried landscapes ,seascapes and industrial landscapes.

Subtle colour appeals to me.

So does producing delicate work.

This is why this exhibition interested me.

It was my first visit to the Museum.

Adults from many countries were there.

It is a good venue for children. There is space for everybody.

Art is a treasure for all.

Go and see works by Paul Nash, John Singer Sergent,Whistler Helen Allingham and much more.

You may find that you come away with a desire to try watercolour painting yourself.

My garden: Shedding some new light.

This week i have been casting an eye over my garden.

When a new fence was put up they cut through the cable for the lights.

This has been mended but some of the lights have water in them.

I will replace these with silver metallic “up-lights”.

These look more modern.

It is very important to use a good electrician.

Also,last year I installed a Gravel Garden.

The tall rectangular planter in metal looks very good planted with grasses and tulips. “Less is more”.

Hopefully the roses I transplanted will bring a touch of colour in the front garden.

As gardeners it is good to take a look at your garden and see what could be improved.

Why not give it a try!


Inside: Outside.

The warmer weather  will help us to concentrate our minds on sitting and eating outside.

This means keeping warm and possibly eating.

Burners come in many shapes and sizes.

The Bushman Burner looks good.

Mount it on a plinth with wood underneath.

Zeno wood burners are metal to give the rusty metal look.

These are free standing and making great focal points.

Fires built into a wall are very attractive.

Lastly appliances like The Big Green Egg are wonderful in bringing the kitchen outdoors.

Again these can be built into features in the garden that make the whole area seem like a kitchen.

Gardens have become an extension to the house.

If you need more space it is a great idea.