This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Show Gardens Review, Shady Colour, Design and Landscape Group

Opposite Attraction

BBC Gardeners' World Live 2006 - Show Gardens Review
This week I seem to have been completely overwhelmed by garden design and landscaping, especially from the garden shows. Whatever you think of the show gardens at major shows - real gardening or pure theatre - there are always things that you can learn for your own garden if you look carefully. Today on the GardenMessenger web-site there is a review of some of the gardens presented at the annual BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham UK. The descriptions are those provided by the designers. My choice for the blog is an interesting one with some lively ideas.

Opposite Attraction
Key Garden Design

Based around the premise that opposites attract, the black and white scheme depicted in this garden represents man and woman – perhaps the owners of this delightful garden. Man-made materials provide the backbone to the garden and are softened with modern cottage garden plants and some less than cottage garden plants, providing an area in which to spend time to reflect on our own relationships and those within our society. Silver Gilt Flora Medal
Photo:BBC Gardeners World Live

Colourful Solutions for Shady Gardens
Using masses of colourful foliage beneath carefully selected trees and shrubs, the staff at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle, WA, United States, show their customers that hardy perennials offer much more than flowers.

Ellerslie Flower Show Tertiary Competition
Ellerslie Flower Show, New Zealand’s largest flower and garden show, sponsors this competition, providing a great opportunity for New Zealand tertiary students to launch a landscape design career.

To review the gardens and read other Design News click here.

GardenMessenger Design and Landscape Group

Welcome to the group

Part of the reason for all the frenzied activity with topics related to garden design and landscaping during the past week or so, has been pressure from GardenMessenger members for more information on the subject. There seems to be an insatiable demand for information and inspiration. So responding to this need a subgroup for those interested in both the design elements, and the practical landscaping aspects of gardening has been established. This, we hope will become a community of gardeners, designers and landscapers, both amateur and professional who are united by an interest in creating and enjoying beautiful gardens. Whether you have a home garden to transform, or a more extensive landscaping project, you will be very welcome. We are going to discuss everything from tree planting and drainage to plant combinations and maintenance. The discussions and opportunities for exchanging knowledge and making new friends are limitless. Already in two days we have over 100 members. To join click here.

Happy Gardening



If you have enjoyed this publication, you may also like to visit the monthly SeedMessenger gardeners’ seed saving and seed exchange blog click here.
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