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Getting through the pandemic & the importance of green spaces

A little late with my new year wishes but I have been reflecting on where we find ourselves 10 months into the pandemic. New year brings with it new beginnings & new projects but as we find ourselves locked down for a third time, I like a lot of people I know, am having to dig deep to keep motivated, keep ...

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Garden design buddy gift cards for Xmas

 

At Greenhayes Garden Design, we've come up with something that will bring some much needed cheer this Xmas in what has been a difficult year – Garden design buddy gift cards available across Devon, Somerset & Dorset. 

We have been offering mentoring type consultations ...

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Forest Bathing

 

Although a walk in nature has long been an enjoyable pastime the art of forest bathing and the therapeutic benefits of nature is something which has only fairly recently been studied. Forest bathing originated in Japan in the 1980s, where it was given ...

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The Inspiration of Nature in Design

Mdina Gate featured in season one of Game of Thrones as the main gate to Kings LandingSan Anton Palace featured in season one Game of Thrones as the exterior of the Red keep

I’ve recently returned from a holiday in Malta, having immersed myself  in its stunning architecture, thinking about how far reaching the impact of nature is in design. As a self confessed nerd and Game of Thrones fan, I organised my own tour of the land marks in season one, including seeking out ...

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Putting the Garden to bed

Just imagine waking up feeling worse for wear after a big night out & finding every cup, plate & surface is dirty from the night before. You probably would return to bed and hide rather than reaching for the sun. Gardens are no different in this winter period. The start of a new year inevitably brings with ...

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Right Plant Right Place

One of the fundamental garden design principles: right plant right place, is important because whatever you plant in your garden will effect everything else. Planting trees and tall shrubs will create dry conditions underneath; a pond will create moisture in the air; walls and hard paving create hot conditions; ...

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Working together to get the job done

One of the things I really enjoy about designing a new project is working together with the client to bring their vision to life. One of my current projects has been a new build property built on a brown field site with no established garden. There are always challenges inherent in the design process. The ...

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Small Change Big Difference



One of the first questions I often get asked about garden design is how much will it cost.  A very reasonable question as it’s important to have an idea of your budget at the beginning of the project. Each garden is different depending on its size & complexity. A variation in levels will mean there is ...

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'Hang Spring Cleaning!'

There is always a little thrill of anticipation for me when the days start to draw out. A reminder that in a world of uncertainties, you know where you are with the natural world. As sure as night follows day, out of Winter comes Spring. Changing weather patterns may be affecting the seasons but there is ...

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Meeting the challenge of Climate change

There has certainly been an irritability in the weather lately. The late summer never really materialised amongst the downpours but we were rewarded with some spectacular rainbows. Changes in climate will challenge gardeners and designers alike as highlighted in the RHS report, Gardening in a changing climate, ...

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