garden designer and artist
carol whitehead contemporary garden designer and artist
garden designer and artist
cabin fever: boxing clever geometric garden design

cabin fever: boxing clever geometric garden design

The brief was to devise a geometric garden design plan around the purchase of a minimal contemporary modern shed, which the clients needed for storage. The shed footprint took up almost a quarter of the space and so would be dominant. The issue was how to visually blend the mass of geometric cabin >>>

living willow sculpture is a handy B&B for pollinators

living willow gardens

In previous notebook posts I’ve written about meadow flowers and fruit pollen to encourage readers to grow some specific types of plants to help save our native insects and in turn feed garden birds during the Spring season. Willow, or Salix, is also another important host plant… >>>

plant nectar rich fruit for our native insects

plant nectar rich fruit for our native insects

Growing fruit trees and soft fruit bushes in your garden could be critically important in helping our native honey bees survive. The pollen from apple trees, gooseberries, raspberries etc is a valuable source of late spring nectar and pollen for bees. Other insects feed on the foliage, flowers >>>

planting tiny meadows: are you nectar rich?

planting tiny meadows: are you nectar rich?

With the ever decreasing population of bees in the UK you can still help by planting nectar rich plants for insects. In a relatively formal and traditional garden a very stony lawn that never thrived was an excellent barren soil to sow wild flowers. The clients, Patricia and Eric, invited me to create >>>

outward bound: a restful wildlife haven in the city

outward bound: a restful wildlife haven in the city

Originally an untidy plot with a very unstable rusty stairway access and a decayed concrete landing, blocking light and views from basement windows. Our first draft design for a more extensive, expensive basement excavation with more generous steps, was reduced due to budget constraints as the new metal stairway took presidence, for access and safety… >>>

woodland wonderland: solving a shady sloping garden

woodland wonderland: solving a shady sloping garden

The clients require access around this awkward sloping garden, a bold seasonal planting spectacle to view from the upper terrace and house windows and low impact landscape installation with no¬†paving, brickwork or concrete on site! Sleepers in filled with gravel create strong structural pathways and steps to deal with the slope. Dicksonia antarctica tree ferns… >>>

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