Published Press articles

Guardian - Put it away (12th February 2011)

Looking at design solutions for storiage problems in even the smallest gardens.

"Ever since Adam and Eve needed fig leaves, storage has been the gardener's headache. Our plots are smaller than Eden, and the need to hide ugly horticultural clutter has never been greater.

"Many townhouses have stairs leading to the front door, which can double up as a spacious covered area – fit internal shelves or divisions, and finish with stylish doors (for bespoke solutions, try Garden Trellis Company).

"Equally, look downwards: hinged panels in floors can give access to cavities below decking, sheds or gazebos. Even as little as 30cm depth can create useful storage."

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Guardian - Cover Me (7th August 2010)

How to keep shaded with style in your garden.

"Nothing beats the dappled shade of a gnarled old tree, but what if you can't wait a decade or two for some shelter? To really enjoy your garden you need practical shade solutions, whether it's a DIY pergola or the modern sloping lines of a sail.

"Pergolas are the classic shade solution but it's vital to get their proportions right. The basic minimum height is 2.2m. However, if you're growing plants along the horizontals, allow an extra 30-60cm unless you want a head full of stems.

"Hardwoods such as oak or iroko are the most durable, although pressure-treated softwoods are easier on the wallet and you can extend their life by placing posts in galvanised steel "shoes" before setting them in concrete foundations. One of the best-value (and simplest) DIY products is the 2.8m x 3.6m Ultima Pergola kit, £339.95, from For much pricier bespoke options, take a look at The Garden Trellis Company."

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Guardian - Off the beaten track (6th March 2010)

A path can transform a garden, however small. From sunken to raised to meandering – using sand, bricks or concrete – there's one to suit every patch.

"Pathways are the Cinderellas of the garden world, trodden underfoot, taken for granted and regularly overlooked. But as any fairy godmother will tell you, their potential beauty knows no bounds. Rather than thinking of paths as simply a means of getting from A to B, perhaps it's time we gave them a chance to shine.

"One way is to lose your inner ugly stepsister and stop being quite so mean. If you want a path to seem inviting, try giving it some width – 1.2 metres is the magic measurement for allowing two people to walk side-by-side. However, plants have a habit of flopping on to pathways, so it's wise to leave a little extra room."

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Guardian - Split the difference (9th January 2010)

The idea of separate garden 'rooms' for dining, play and storage may seem an anathema in a small plot, but that's where semi-transparent screening comes into its own.

"Gardens are getting smaller, yet we ask them to fulfil more functions than ever – playroom, dining area, storeroom, retreat – as if they were some sort of horticultural Swiss army knife. In the generous spaces of yesteryear, we'd have answered those needs by creating "garden rooms" with stately walls of clipped yew. Sadly, today's average backyard can accommodate fewer "rooms" than a studio flat. So how can we divide our outside space without feeling boxed in?

"One trick is to ensure you still see the full extent of your garden by using semi-transparent screening. Trellis is perfect for this kind of subtle and seductive division, akin to gazing at plants through wooden fishnets. There is a huge variety of patterns and shapes, from bespoke (try the Garden Trellis Company; from £117.50) to off-the-shelf panels with built-in portholes for framing views (check out Porthole Badminton Trellis, £60, from Garden Fencing."

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Junior - Garden Party (July 2009)

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

"From folklore forecasts to the latest Met Office statistics, wherever you look everyone seems to be predicting a long, hot summer. And where better to spend it than in your own back garden? Afet all, it's convenient, you know the locals and there's no need to increase your carbon footprint with a cross-counntry drive.  But how do you make your own little patch of green somewhere the children will want to hang out? And is it possible to do that while still giving yourself a place to relax on those long, lazy summer days we've been promised?"

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