21st Century Nordic Landscapes

21st Century Nordic Landscapes

Recently, several clients have expressed an interest in Nordic design as an inspiration for garden projects. In order to create these gardens it is essential to understand the design principles of the region, the key characteristics and how these translate into 21st century Nordic garden design. Having researched more widely, gardens can be designed around these […]

‘An Inspirational Pleasure Garden’

‘An Inspirational Pleasure Garden’

  Homes and Gardens featured our ‘Building a Dream’ garden, The Old Rectory in Northamptonshire, in their July 2018 issue. It’s lovely to see Clive Nichols’s beautiful photographs capturing the garden so beautifully and to read Darryl Moore’s impressions of the garden.  We spent a wonderful day with him exploring the garden. You can order […]

21st Century Garden Design?

21st Century Garden Design?

We are – ‘in studio hortus voluptatis’ – in pursuit of garden pleasure. Our approach in this pursuit, is 21st century. So what makes a design 21st century? It has been said that the living today are exposed to more information in one day than an average person in the 17th century is exposed to in […]

‘Building a Dream’ – The Planting

‘Building a Dream’ – The Planting

Ugly duckling no more!  Despite having been planted just a few months and in some areas a few days, you can really get a sense of what the planting will look like over the next few years. We have a wonderful gardener, Fiona, to nurture the garden with the help of the lovely Steve and Amy over the […]

Building A Dream – It’s Finished!

Building A Dream – It’s Finished!

We have pretty much finished the garden build at the Old Rectory.  Thank you to the lovely Jacqui Hurst for wonderfully capturing the garden as it is now, just a few weeks after planting. I have added some before and after shots at the end of this blog but here’s what it looks like now after the […]

An Unusual Collaboration

An Unusual Collaboration

I had the pleasure of working with Charlotte Spencer, a contemporary dance choreographer about 18 months ago on a workshop.  We did a few exercises to focus in on how we can influence how people walk through a space.   Simple yet it had a profound effect on my design work ever since.  Then we […]

Building A Dream

Building A Dream

There’s a project I’ve been working on since November.  It has taken several weeks to design and then many more to plan (and the planning is still going on). Among my friends and colleagues, its become known as ‘the big one’.  I thought my blog would be a good place for any interested parties (if there […]

Water, water everywhere

So the build has begun.  And what a wet start!  It seems water is following me around on this project.  It also means that unfortunately Leigh Lovely Legs hasn’t been able to show off his best feature yet much to my Mum’s disappointment. It’s very different this year.  The build is three weeks long and […]