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Consultation to be held to ‘help shape the future of local communities’

Consultation to be held to ‘help shape the future of local communities’

RESIDENTS in South Lakeland are being offered the opportunity to help shape ‘the future of local communities’.

South Lakeland District Council plans to hold several public consultation events before suggestions from local people will be used to help prepare ‘development briefs’ for areas across the district.

“This is a way that residents of South Lakeland can get involved and have their say on the development of these significant sites,” said SLDC’s Councillor Jonathan Brook.

“We welcome suggestions on important issues such as accessibility, landscaping, design and site layout.

“Such local knowledge and information will help to shape the look and feel of these important sites.”

The Development Briefs, which are being prepared following the recent adoption of the Local Plan and its Land Allocations document, will be taken into account when councillors are considering planning applications.

The briefs will also inform developers and other interested groups of the constraints and opportunities presented by each site.

At consultation, between February 17 and March 31, ideas will be welcomed regarding issues such as landscaping, open space, access and design principles.

The public participation events, focussing on specific areas, will be held as follows:

* February 25 – Cross-a-Moor, at Swarthmoor – to be discussed on February 25 at the football club on Park Road, Swarthmoor

* February 27 – Kendal Parks – to be discussed at The Heron Pub, Heron Hill, Kendal

* March 3 – the south and east of Milnthorpe – to be discussed at the Methodist Church Hall, Milnthorpe

* March 6 – the south of Underbarrow Road – to be discussed at the Town Hall Chamber at Kendal Town Hall

* March 10 – Scroggs Wood – to be considered at the Georgian Room at Kendal Town Hall

* March 12 – north of Kendal – to be discussed at Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale

* March 17 – Croftlands – to be considered at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston

* March 20 – Stainbank Green – to be discussed at the Assembly Room, Kendal Town Hall

Residents can drop in and officers will be on hand to discuss issues and options between 11am and 7pm on each of the days.

For more information visit www.southlakeland.gov.uk/development-briefs

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Article source: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/11004515.Consultation_to_be_held_to__help_shape_the_future_of_local_communities_/?ref=var_0

Green-fingered youngsters get gardening masterclass

Green-fingered youngsters get gardening masterclass

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GREEN-fingered youngsters from a school in Bromsgrove, preparing to submit gardens for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival have been treated to a horticultural masterclass.

The pupils from Parkside Middle School were being given advice for their own garden by Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.

The children are hoping to put together a competitive show garden for the festival, which takes place in May, along the theme of ‘A Great Moment in History’.

They will be competing against 20 other schools, with all age ranges taking part from year 13 pupils, to playgroups.

Sue Verdeyen, education officer for the Three Counties Showground, said: “At RHS Malvern, we are passionate about inspiring young people to fall in love with gardening and design. We are very proud to be the only RHS show that has a project specifically for schools. It’s a great opportunity for the children to get some hands on experience into the design, horticultural and construction industries.

“These youngsters are involved in every aspect of creating their gardens; the design, the sowing, the growing of their own plants and the hard landscaping. They have some great ideas and we can’t wait to see how the gardens are going to take shape.”

Blue Peter’s Chris Collins joined a panel of experts from the horticultural and construction industries to offer the children practical advice and information ahead of their garden design.

He added: “It has been a superb way to kick off the School Gardens Challenge for RHS Malvern. The two days of workshops have put everybody in the mood and the ideas have been flying. I am so excited about the show in May and seeing the children’s show gardens come to life. These show gardens will give the kids a real insight into practical gardening and give them memories that they will treasure.”

The gardens will be judged by RHS experts on Wednesday, May 7, the day before the RHS Malvern Spring Festival opens to the public.

The festival runs from Thursday, May 8 until Sunday, May 11 with an estimated 90,000 visitors expected to descend on the festival ground.

For more information, or to buy tickets for the festival, visit threecounties.co.uk/springgardening.

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Article source: http://www.bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/11004936.Green_fingered_youngsters_get__gardening_masterclass/

Work on Manor House proceeds – The-News

Macedonia — Plans are moving forward to spruce up Longwood Manor and make it available for public use by 2015 pending a resolution confirming a conditional use zoning certificate that Council left at first reading during its Jan. 21 Council meeting.

“One of the things that was determined within the legislation that was first passed giving them an extension was that they needed to identify the purpose,” Mayor Don Kuchta said. “This legislation identifies that purpose.”

Council approved an ordinance in February 2012 giving the Longwood Manor Historical Society 12 months to form a plan to restore the building after the city’s building commissioner condemned the house in 2007 for numerous building violation codes. A year later, Council gave the society an extended permit of 18 months “for the purposes of making a restoration assessment and thereafter the creation of architectural plans and thereafter restoration of the building.”

The 90-year-old house and the 300 acres of property surrounding it belonged to Macedonia’s first mayor, Col. William Frew Long. Before he died, Long donated the house and the rest of his land to the city, the YMCA and two area churches.

The conditional use permit was approved by the city’s Planning Commission at its Dec. 23 meeting but it still needs to be approved by Council. Councilwoman Rita Darrow, who also serves as Council’s representative to the Planning Commission, confirmed that City Planner Brian Frantz said even though Longwood Manor is zoned R1 residential, it falls within the plan for a permit under “community facilities” as a conditional use under the society’s intentions to use the home.

“It is the intent of LMHS to have Longwood Manor placed on the National Register of Historic Places and to preserve the home in its historic condition for tours and non-profit activities including receptions, graduations, private parties and meetings, holiday celebrations, veteran’s observances, music recitals, arts and crafts displays, education classes and senior activities,” the plan states. “The intention is to open the first and second floors for public assembly with a maximum occupancy of 49 persons. All activities will confirm with the City of Macedonia statutes.”

Dan Havilchek, the society’s vice president, said they have many ideas for the use of the house, including adding a section dedicated to memorabilia from the wars.

“We want to have a small area where these people can donate or loan their things to us,” he said, adding that he think it would be fitting because Col. Long was a veteran of WWI and WWII.

John Cassmer, the society’s president, said he is currently working with an architect to submit plans to wire the first and second floors of the building, which would not only allow lighting but also heat to the Manor House.

“We’ve done a lot of the repair work,” said John Cassmer, the society’s president, adding that they have replaced the roof, filled in holes in the landscaping, repaired damage caused by a leaking roof and replaced a flatroof on the balcony of the building. “We’re going to finish the repairs and ask for a lease to lease the Manor House from the city.”

If everything goes according to plan, Cassmer said he plans on making the Manor House available to the public by 2015.

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Article source: http://www.the-news-leader.com/news%20local/2014/02/12/work-on-manor-house-proceeds

cgd landscape design win prestigious international award for the creation of …

Sally Court collects the Award

The brief was to transform a steep, sandy hillside in Moscow’s affluent Barvikha suburb into a breathtaking, romantic English country garden. It took a staggering seven years to complete, but garden designers Sally Court and Helen Billetop are now reaping the rewards as their hard work was recognised at the recent, prestigious Society of Garden Designers’ 2013 Garden Design Awards.

London-based Sally and Helen of cgd landscape design had to contend with numerous challenges in the creation of this spectacular garden – which earned them the coveted Gold International Award at the ceremony – such as freezing temperatures, navigating the Russian planning process, liaising with an onsite team who didn’t share a common language and sourcing materials both locally and internationally.

The judges recognised the unique complexities of the scheme commenting: “A very difficult brief successfully implemented to create a sophisticated and accomplished piece of design that is the essence of an English garden. There was a good sequence of spaces and a high standard of execution despite logistical challenges.”

“It’s the cherry on the icing on the cake,” says Sally. “We were just overwhelmed. This award means our peers have recognised the work – and the high quality of the work – that we have put into the garden.”

Recognition by the SGD is just the latest in a string of awards. In 2013, the Barvikha garden won Landscape of the Year and Gold Best Overseas Garden/Landscape at the New Homes Gardens Awards as well as First Place in the Residential Gardens category at the Dom ne Brestskov Landscape Architecture exhibition in Moscow. In 2012, the American Association of Professional Landscape Designers (ALPD) gave a Gold Award for Planting Design and a Merit Award in the Residential Design category.

As expected, the garden – the first of its kind in Moscow – has garnered plenty of interest from the Russian press.

Set in the grounds of a Dacha (a country house), the exuberant 2.5 acre garden contains all the elements one would expect from an English country garden such as a rose garden, a glass house and herb parterre, extensive fruit plantings, a summerhouse, woodland walks, wetland plantings along a drainage stream, a meadow area and massed bulb planting not forgetting the quintessential English herbaceous and shrub borders. Sally and Helen undertook extensive research to find plants that would create the same ambiance as found in our great English gardens but would survive the harsh Moscow climate, where temperatures can plunge to an icy -30° in the winter and soar to +40° in the summer.

Likewise, a creative approach was needed in bringing a truly English feel to the hard-landscaping elements of the garden.

“We are very capable of creating English style using materials found within the country if they are available, but in this case, they weren’t,” says Sally. “So we brought the stone in from Yorkshire, the bricks from Lancashire, the glasshouse from Hampshire and the summerhouse in Somerset. The bespoke fences, trellis and arches were made locally from our designs.”

“By using both local and international materials and combining these we were able to create and garden that had an ethos of an English country garden where you can walk from one small garden area into another, a natural succession of spaces that connect happily with each other; open spaces, secret areas, grassy areas and deep borders, vistas and intimate places.”

As many of the existing pine and birch trees were protected by preservation orders, Sally made sure that promoting the bio-diversity onsite became an integral part of the brief. Insect hotels, bug and bird boxes were made and fixed to the trees and wild flower meadows were sown. In order for that process to continue, the team has been teaching the onsite gardeners how to continue working sympathetically with the environment.

Working from a studio in West London, cgd landscape design has built up an impressive and varied portfolio of projects – ranging from large country estates to city gardens, from courtyards to roof gardens, from family gardens to public parks. Sally and Helen’s gardens have reaped numerous medals at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.

For further information, contact:

Helen or Sally on 02088920118
email: enquiries@cgd-landscape-design.com
Web: www.cgd-landscape-design.com

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Shelburne Museum announces landscape symposium

SHELBURNE, Vt. — Shelburne Museum and the Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes is the topic of a daylong symposium scheduled for June 21, Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced.

The symposium will examine landscape architecture and history at mid-20th century, exploring how landscapes, both public and private, were intentionally shaped by Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and others.

“The Colonial Revival – that creative search for our national past – is key to understanding the founding of Shelburne Museum and the creation of our extraordinary landscape.  From Mrs. Webb’s pioneering folk art collection to the way in which the 45-acre campus was laid out in a New England village setting with gardens and landscaping, the ideas and imagery of the Colonial Revival provided a touchstone throughout the process,” says Denenberg. “We are delighted to welcome leading scholars and authors to the museum for a day of discovery and exploration.”

Speakers will discuss the influence of the Colonial Revival, the establishment of museum village settings, and examine how Shelburne Museum’s landscape places it in the larger cultural and landscape design movements of the era. Speakers will explore the work of pioneering and influential landscape architects and designers including Charles Eliot, Arthur A. Shurcliff, Ellen Shipman and Beatrix Farrand.

Speakers include:
•  Lucinda Brockway, Director of Cultural Resources for The Trustees of Reservations, in Massachusetts, who will speak about approaches to preserving, planning, rejuvenating and maintaining historic landscapes.

•  Keith Morgan, Director of Architectural Studies, Boston University, who will speak about Charles Eliot, a pioneer of principles of regional planning who shaped the Boston Metropolitan Park System.

•  Judith Tankard, landscape historian, author and preservation consultant, who will give a talk entitled Designing Women, the work of Ellen Shipman and Beatrix Farrand.

•  Nancy Taylor, landscape architect, Innocenti Webel, Locust Valley, New York. Mrs. Webb consulted Innocenti Webel when planning the museum’s landscape and Ms. Taylor will speak to that legacy.

Shelburne Museum and the Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21.  Registration is $75. Shelburne Museum Members receive a $10 discount. For more information or to register contact (802) 985-0865 or symposia@shelburnemuseum.org.

Please visit www.shelburnemuseum.org for more information.

Article source: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/ll-021214-Shelburne-landscape-symposium.aspx

Landscaping for all seasons

A Member of the Guardsman Group of companies, Nature’s Paradise was founded in 2002 and specialises in the sale of perennials, annuals and exotic plants such as orchids, ferns, Guzman’s, peanuts, gerberas, silver lady/dollar fern, marigolds, plumbagos, crown of thorns, vincas, celosia, bougainvillea, and more.

The company also provides landscaping, maintenance of landscaped areas, creating and maintaining water features, planting and maintaining grass, pruning especially during the hurricane season, plants rental and sale of a wide variety of palms.

Persons interested in exotic koi fish for ponds and other tropical fish for aquariums – whether commercial or residential will be able to get them in the newly established aquaculture arm of the company.

“We breed, grow and supply ornamental fish such as angels, discus, oscar, Japanese koi, goldfish, tetras, barbs, guppies, mollies, gourami, etc. This division has aquariums available for rent for residential and commercial markets; we also maintain them,” said Sheila McNeill of Guardsman.

They offer landscaping to residential and commercial properties, and these include native gardens which require lower maintenance as the plants are suited for Jamaica’s climate and terrain. Also, in times of drought these are tolerant and can cope with the water restrictions.

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If you need container gardens, water features, perennial and annual gardens, landscape renovations, pruning services, Nature’s Paradise is up to the task. Recently, the company has been designing landscapes that take security into consideration. These are gardens that deter intruders.

There are 50 persons employed to the company and they see room for growth once the service provided is good and the client is satisfied.

Among the most popularly requested household plant/flower at this time of year are spathiphyllum, aglaonema, dracaena cane, and almost always orchids and impatiens or blooming plants and, of course, roses for Valentine’s Day.

For more about the Guardsman Group, visit:www.jamaica-gleaner. com, click on VIDEOS and watch Corporate Coffee Mornings with Barbara Ellington.

Article source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140212/news/news4.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=landscaping-for-all-seasons

A new home often means a new garden: tips for getting acquainted with it

But there is more to moving day than unpacking boxes; there’s also learning to care for that garden inherited with the new home.

If you were thinking ahead, you asked for an inventory of the plants and accessories that came with the house.

“There’s no problem with asking owners for a list of landscape items and for an explanation about the plantings,” said Shirley French, an agent with the Woodstock, Va., office of Funkhouser Real Estate Group. “Usually, the owners are more than happy to give you a list. In fact, if they know the purchasers are interested, that will make for good feelings on both sides.”

Gardening priorities are determined mostly by the seasons. You won’t be mowing the lawn in February, although you might be combing the seed catalogues.

But where to start with a newly purchased property?

Michael Becker, president of Estate Gardeners Inc. in Omaha, Neb., suggests that putting safety first.

“Check out the dangers,” said Becker, a spokesman for Planet, the Professional Landcare Network that certifies green industry professionals. “Are the retaining walls stable? Are any trees leaning or diseased with dead branches?

“Assess the hardscape,” Becker said. “Is anything heaving, creating tripping hazards? Examine the drainage around the house. More often than not, it isn’t correct and may be damaging the structure. Bring in some professionals to help sort things out.”

As for plantings, be patient with the perennials.

“Go through the seasonal changes,” Becker said. “Learn what things look like in your yard. Determine if it’s esthetically what you want, or if it’s so high-maintenance you won’t have the time to care for it. Most perennials need pruning and deadheading.”

Other things to consider when dealing with an unfamiliar landscape:

— Make note of the average frost dates. Do soil tests. Map the yard for sun and shade. “If you live in the city and all you have is a porch or a patio to work with, where is all that water going to go that you’ll be putting on plants?” asked Josh Kane, president and head designer at Kane Landscapes Inc. in Sterling, Va. “Also, where do you get the water? You’ll have to figure out how to care for everything.”

— Water fixtures. “Look for care instructions when dealing with special features,” Kane said. “A lot of people get put off or are scared of things like koi ponds, pools and fountains that require startups, maintenance and attention during the seasons.”

— Don’t try to do everything the first year. Mulching will keep the weeds down. Composting will improve the soil. Bringing in some annuals for window boxes, hanging baskets or containers will provide instant colour. “Nothing gives you as much impact in a garden as planting annuals,” Kane said.

— Anticipate. Avoid planting trees or shrubs near sewer or water lines, to prevent root damage. Study the plat map for restrictions that could prevent expansions or additions. “A lot of people might want to build a big outdoor room or pool and find they can’t do it because of an easement on the property,” Kane said.

Article source: http://www.capebretonpost.com/Living/2014-02-10/article-3609760/A-new-home-often-means-a-new-garden%3A-tips-for-getting-acquainted-with-it/1

Gardening Tips For Indian Climate

THE BEST URBAN HOME GARDENING SECRETS

With the diverse climatic conditions, gardening and garden care becomes a little difficult. Every plant has a sustainable quality for different Indian climates.

Gardening Tips For Indian Climate

There are different gardening tips for different Indian climate. In this article we will discuss a few common gardening tips for Indian gardens.

1.Selection of the plant –
The first gardening tip for Indian climate is the selection of plants. The plants, shrubs or flowers selected for your garden should be compatible with the climate of your area. It is pointless to choose a water requiring plant in an area which has dry climate. Similarly, it is not fruitful to choose a temperature sensitive plant in an area with extreme weather conditions.

2. Fighting abilities – Indian climate is unpredictable. Therefore, a good gardening tip would include use of plants which have high resistance to climatic conditions, diseases and soil conditions. Use plants that are sturdy to survive every climatic challenge thrown on them.

3.Easy to care – When using plants for gardening, chose such plants that have minimal maintenance. Indian climate varies drastically in every area. High maintenance plants are tough to grow as you need to put in a lot of care for the plants. Also, the survival of low maintenance plants is much higher than high maintenance plants. DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR POTTED PLANTS?

4.Water –
Water is the basic necessity of plants. Chose a plant with minimal water requirement if you live in an arid or semi arid regions. Chose a plant which can survive with excess water if you live in a wet area with heavy rains. Water should be provided to the plants according to their needs.

5.Sunlight –
Sunlight is needed for the growth of plants. Whatever climatic condition you are living in, you must make sure that the plants in your garden should be exposed to sunlight for a minimum of 3 hours in a day. This is an important gardening tip for Indian gardens.

6.Seasonal rotation – Use seasonal plants in your garden to enhance the soil fertility and maintain quality of plants. Change plants according to their suitable seasons. This gardening tip is good for people who can regularly change their garden plants and have ample time to redo the garden every season.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2014/gardening-tips-for-indian-climate-20140211174355.html

‘The Garden Spot’ inspires designer to create colorful fabric prints

When is an art exhibit not quite an art exhibit and an art gallery not quite an art gallery? 


In Rachelle Robertsexhibit at Seasons Olive Oil Vinegar Taproom, 36 W. King St., the art is an array of textile prints and the paintings that inspired them, and the art gallery is a place where people ordinarily sample and purchase products like herbs de Province olive oil and tangerine balsamic vinegar.

But, like a well-planned meal, it all goes together perfectly.

“We think that the artist and art we are featuring has a certain fresh appeal to our community,” says Micaela Ferrari of Seasons.

The growing trend of displaying art in restaurants, cafés, jewelry shops, coffee shops and tearooms makes artwork, such as that in Roberts’ exhibit, more accessible to the public.

The title of the exhibit is “The Garden Spot.” Roberts, a Lancaster native who graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School, now lives in Bucks County. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University, where she earned a master’s degree in textile design.

“It’s really the oldest school for textile design in the country,” says Roberts, adding that it was founded as the Philadelphia Textile School in 1884, and was affiliated with the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. Later it was known as the Philadelphia College of Textiles Science, and now Philadelphia University.

In “The Garden Spot,” Roberts draws on the rural culture of Lancaster County, with its farms, flowers, fields, fauna and fowl. Yes, there are chicks and ducks and geese wandering around in one farm-fresh textile design. In her design “Gathering of the Webbed Feet,” the primitive-style feathered farm creatures are accented with fruit trees and flying birds.

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A window display at Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom features works by Rachelle Roberts.
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Another piece that draws on her Lancaster experience is “Splendid Thistle Finch,” which was inspired by fraktur paintings and Pennsylvania Dutch motifs such as hex signs. The distlefinks — stylized goldfinches — are decorated with whimsical color combinations such as golden yellow, brilliant red and bright turquoise.

“Although the textile designs have primitive elements that are very fun and playful, they also have sophisticated color palettes that lend themselves to functional uses,” says Roberts.

Roberts also takes her inspiration from the flowers and trees of Lancaster gardens. One of her most striking designs, “Midnight Picnic,” features a dark background scattered with gorgeous ivy leaves, berries and blossoms. “Smoky Cornfield” is a repeat pattern of corn and tobacco fields right before the harvest, when everything is a sunlit maize and golden green.

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“Roses,” artwork on paper bag by Rachelle Roberts.
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“Forget Me Not My Roots” is the transformation of original chalk and charcoal drawings on brown paper bags, while “Endless Vines” pays tribute to the bugs and moths that buzz about on a summer evening. Roberts even creates a Lancaster County version of the French toile designs in “Farmland Toile,” showing line drawings of farmers toiling away in the fields.

As creative and artful as her designs are, Roberts makes it clear that textile design is as much science as art. They can’t just look pretty, they have to work. The designer has to take into account the type of fabric that will be used, from the lightest of silks to the sturdiest, rustic cottons.

“There is a process that goes into designing textiles that lend themselves to the weight and particular fabric on which it is printed,” says Roberts, noting that today’s digital designs allow for greater flexibility in color and size of the patterns, and techniques range from pigment-based inks to resist dyeing.

Roberts’ talents for textile art has been employed by companies such as Martha Stewart’s Home line and and Butterfly Home Fashions in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as various swimwear designs. She currently works as a designer with Congoleum flooring company.

“With this exhibit, I am hoping that people will see the possibilities of the textile designs for use in their own homes, kitchens and dining rooms. The exciting part is that these designs can be adapted in many ways, in different colors,” says Roberts.

Article source: http://lancasteronline.com/entertainment/the-garden-spot-inspires-designer-to-create-colorful-fabric-prints/article_3416a3c8-9353-11e3-831b-001a4bcf6878.html

Earsham garden designers heading for the Chelsea Flower Show



Chris Deakin and Jason Lock

By Louisa Lay
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
9:03 AM

Landscape and garden designers Chris Deakin and Jason Lock have worked on many innovative projects showcasing their skills and expertise.

But this year the pair are taking on perhaps their most prestigious commission to date after being selected by department store The House of Fraser to launch its spring collection in the form of a bespoke garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Working from an office based at Earsham Hall, near Bungay, Mr Lock and Mr Deakin have developed a design embracing the company’s rich Scottish heritage that will see an outdoor room created using materials usually seen in an interior space.

Entitled ‘Fabric’, the six-by-six metre garden will feature weatherproof wallpaper, floor covering and upcycled furniture with strands of shock pink throughout, synonomous with the store’s logo.

Wall mounted antlers, wood panelling and a stag sculpture will be worked in with a heavy influence of crossed lines, formed with sawn granite to mimic a tartan pattern, while blooms such as Astrantia Roma and Iris Windsor Rose will feature strongly.

The duo who run Deakin Lock Garden Design were approached by the House of Fraser to enter the Fresh Garden category after being reccommended by Mr Deakin’s sister-in-law, who works as a fashion buyer.

Mr Deakin, 41, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity because as a brand they really are the cornerstone of shopping. We had lots of meetings at their London head office and we are hoping if this is successful it may the first of one or two more.

“They have never exhibited at Chelsea before but it had been in the back of their minds and it just so happens we were introduced. As it’s their spring collection it’s going to be very soft fresh colours and very floral.

“We all know that they don’t just sell clothes, they have a homeware and furniture department so we wanted to create an outside room with living space, but using materials and colours that we use inside, such as external wall wrap.

“It’s such an exciting brief for us as it pushes us to design outside our comfort zone and to be much more theatrical. It will be about a nine-day build up to the show and the biggest thing for us at the moment is sourcing plants. We have got some fantastic landscape contractors who are Chelsea veterans and have done alot of gardens.”

Mr Deakin and Mr Lock met while working as garden designers for Notcutts in Woodbridge and after deciding upon a change in direction Deakin Lock was formed in 2008.

Both have a wealth of experience in the industry with registration at the Society of Garden Designers and the British Association of Landscape Industries.

Neither are strangers to the Chelsea Flower Show, having been responsible for many of Notcutts gold medal exhibits, with Mr Lock as landscape director.

Mr Lock, 47, said: “We have always wanted to build a Chelsea garden in our own capacity and the opportunity fell upon us. The fortunate thing is that alot of what we do can be prepared off site. I’ve been involved with in the region of 19 Chelsea gardens and we know alot of exhibitors. We are like a big family, all in it together, and hopefully we can win gold.”

Dean Healey, head of creative at House of Fraser said: “We are incredibly excited this year to be part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and to be working with the talented design team Deakin Lock.

“The garden invites the spectator to re-examine the way in which we perceive daily objects by challenging the boundaries of interior and exterior design. The aim is to give the space a modern, contemporary feel that reflects the House of Fraser brand today. By incorporating the original stag motif with accents of the iconic House of Fraser signature pink hue, the garden will tell the story of the brand’s illustrious evolution.”

Visit www.deakinlock.co.uk

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