Writing

Published Press Articles

Dawn has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, The Garden and Junior, always addressing her favourite subjects – garden design and children’s gardening.

Below are a sample of some of her articles.

Cambridge Independent Column (June 2018)

When people know you’re a gardener, every social event turns into some sort of question...

Cambridge Independent Column (March 2017)

You might have already noticed that I am a ‘just in time’ kind of gardener....

Cambridge Independent Column (Feb 2017)

I am constantly adding to my mental list of ‘jobs I could never do’. Despite...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Side Return (March 2017)

The Victorian age gave us many garden innovations, from domestic greenhouses to lawnmowers. However their...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Sloping Garden (May 2017)

Garden designers respond to steep slopes the same way plumbers react to bathroom renovations: with...

Cambridge Independent Column (June 2017)

I have decided to cut out my cutting garden. It was a nice idea but...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Jungle Garden (Nov 2017)

We might not have the hot and humid climate of a tropical rainforest, but it...

Cambridge Independent Column (Dec 2017)

I spent a few worrying minutes yesterday trapped under a particularly magnificent ten foot tall...

Cambridge Independent Column (May 2018)

“I’m really sorry Dawn, but I have to admit I hate gardening” So said a...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Wildlife Friendly (Sept 2016)

“Whenever we fall behind with outdoor maintenance, wildlife gardening is a great excuse. “You don’t...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Shady Garden (July 2016)

“Shady gardens don’t have a great reputation. All too often they come across as dark,...

Garden Answers – Design Solutions: Triangular Plot (Oct 2016)

“No disrespect to Pythagoras or Toblerone, but I’m not enamoured by triangles – or at...

Telegraph – Burst The Boredom Bubble (17th June 2014)

Article on 101 Things for Kids to do Outside in the Telegraph. “‘I’m booo-oored. There’s...

Guardian – How Does Your Garden Grow (22nd September 2012)

A look at the RHS Campaign for School Gardening through the experience of three, very...

Telegraph – Kids Heaven Article (28th June 2012)

A preview of Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 specifically with children and families in mind....

Guardian – The Play’s The Thing (22nd June 2012)

How to make a garden a great play space without finding yourself swimming in plastic....

Guardian – Spread The Love (20th April 2012)

In praise of self seeding plants – which to chose and how to accommodate them....

Guardian – Out Of This World (22nd July 2011)

These days garden parties are stylish affairs – think outdoor standard lamps, flat panel LCDs...

Guardian – Love Me Render (7th May 2011)

A look at how designers inject colour in garden features from walls and fabric to...

Guardian – Full Frontal (9th April 2011)

“Struggling with a tiny front yard full of bins? Designer Dawn Isaac offers her solution...

Guardian – Put It Away (12th February 2011)

Looking at design solutions for storiage problems in even the smallest gardens. “Ever since Adam...

Guardian – Cover Me (7th August 2010)

How to keep shaded with style in your garden. “Nothing beats the dappled shade of...

Guardian – Off The Beaten Track (6th March 2010)

A path can transform a garden, however small. From sunken to raised to meandering –...

Guardian – Split The Difference (9th January 2010)

The idea of separate garden ‘rooms’ for dining, play and storage may seem an anathema...

Junior – Garden Party (July 2009)

This artcle looked at a myriad of ways you can entertain children in the garden...
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