Inspiring you to garden

Sometimes we need some garden inspiration to make us think differently about our own gardens. Over the summer I visited the show gardens at the International Garden festival which is held in the beautiful grounds of the chateau of Chaumont in the Loire valley, France.

Views through one of the gardens to the Chateau

 The theme for 2011 is Gardens for the future and many gardens dealt with the need for biodiversity in our living landscape. There was a number of gardens raising the alarm about the number of species we are losing each year and the much about educating the public, not just on the need to grow more of our own and to generally garden more but of the need to think about energy use in the garden too.

Emphasising the fertilityof bulbs

Handle with care: takes the theme of plant loss

Creating our own energy for the water feature was a popular passtime

Conserving water was a key theme

As was the need to encourage wildlife

The take away garden envisaged a world where every citizen had a tree in a bag to look after

And materials were recycled to create structure within the garden

If you have a garden or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.