June 2010 Blog Posts (39)

Week 22 2010: This week’s board- The diary of a London Garden Design and Build Company



Week 22 2010: This week’s board- The diary of a London Garden Design and Build Company



Allison came back to us regarding a postal garden design for her house in California, USA . More on this in the coming weeks.



A new client, Alex, has commissioned a design for his garden in Stanmore. He wishes to… Continue

Added by Katrina Kieffer- Wells on June 11, 2010 at 22:24 — No Comments


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Expanding

The season is well underway and grass is growing strongly. The business is coping well with the demands being placed upon it and equipment upgrades are taking place to enable completion of larger contracts.



I am still taking new customers for maintenance, though one-off work is not easy to fit in it is still worth asking! A large site in Tradeston, near the centre of Glasgow, is the newest ground maintenance contract to be taken on board. A lot of grass to tend and hopefully I will… Continue

Added by Dan Frazer Gardening on June 11, 2010 at 19:34 — No Comments

The question of Sustainability

I know its the year of bio-diversity but the question of Sustainability has been nagging at me recently and with articles on Landscape juice such as the 'acute oak decline disease' and the recent forum post on permeable paving I thought I would investigate my thoughts further.

I have just completed a project using new oak sleepers, this is what started it all, until this time I believed oak to be a sustainable resource but the article on the oak disease has made me rethink this notion. An… Continue

Added by Shadow Hall on June 10, 2010 at 20:00 — 7 Comments


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Practical advice for starting a business

Starting a new business from scratch can be a daunting task with a seemingly overwhelming amount of information to read and digest - and that's before you even write and put a plan into action.



Here on the Landscape Juice Network, we have a very useful forum with a section dedicated to business. It is worth looking through this section (or using the search facility in the top right… Continue

Added by Phil Voice on June 10, 2010 at 14:30 — 1 Comment


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Himalayan balsam and wildflower meadows

I help to manage a Millennium Green near where I live. It's quite a tricky piece of land, designated a reservoir because of it's use as a river flood water storage basin. We recently extended the plot to incorporate a new area that has already become innundated with balsam. The management committee are keen to establish wildflowers (probably annuals) on the site but with so many balsam seedlings, this would seem to be a doomed project from the start. It has been sprayed but my worry is that… Continue

Added by Lara Hurley on June 10, 2010 at 13:45 — 2 Comments


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How to fill in a tax return

HM Revenues & Customs have produced a guide to assist you filling in your paper tax return.



Read the guide to filling in your tax return.



HMRC say it is important that you read and understand the first two pages before you start the form. Then, once you have completed the paper tax return, send it must reach them by 31 October 2010.



Alternatively, why not file online? It is… Continue

Added by Phil Voice on June 10, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments


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Hello

I'm new to Landscape Juice - and there are some really thought-provoking blogs out there, setting the bar quite high so I'm feeling a little nervous...
I've been writing articles for Suite101 for a few months on a range of topics that are landscape and garden related and am hoping that LJ will give me some more inspiration...

Added by Lara Hurley on June 8, 2010 at 12:30 — 6 Comments

Creating a Family graden in Wallingford, Oxford with a contemporary twist





I March i received this email.



Dear Katrina



I came across your website today and I have left a rather garbled message on your voicemail this afternoon – sorry for that!



In the meantime, until we have the opportunity to speak on the phone, I thought I might drop you a note to tell you more about what I am looking for. Your website and style used in the portfolio of projects has inspired me and and I am very… Continue

Added by Katrina Kieffer- Wells on June 8, 2010 at 11:09 — No Comments

green oak picnic sets

Well it must be summer

we have had four orders in a week for our, vandal proof green oak picnic sets,going to sites in every corner of the uk ,which is great news, the sets are made from 70.mm green oak with longer legs for in ground fixing they should stand the test of time in any environment and come with or without wheel chair access perfect for park furniture for more info see here… Continue

Added by chris nangle on June 7, 2010 at 13:25 — No Comments

Deck Path & Indian Sandstone Patio



A new project submission has been made to www.garden-design-pictures.com and the pictures can be viewed here: http://www.garden-design-pictures.com/wood-deck-design-proj-dkggrl001.html



If you are a Garden Designer or Landscape Gardener you can claim your free advertisement and… Continue

Added by Steve Barker on June 4, 2010 at 19:27 — No Comments

Can you teach me to be creative? Part Two

Thursday saw my students and I at the Victoria and Albert Museum continuing our studies in art and design by looking at the decorative arts. Sketch books in hand, and after a brief meeting at an Internet Cafe to look at www.babylonshager.no we jumped in a London cab to continue our lessons.



The girls were blown away by the building alone and we headed straight for the fashoin rooms. The museum had an exhibition on about Grace Kelly and her… Continue

Added by Katrina Kieffer- Wells on June 4, 2010 at 16:56 — 1 Comment

Your Opportunity to Get Involved on World Environment Day

World Environment Day takes place every year to draw attention to environment issues which affect us all, and this year, you can have your say on what we should be doing to improve our own environments...



We all know the benefits of plants and why businesses in particular should invest in them. But do we know exactly how this applies to WED, and how this can benefit our business?



Our Chairman Tom Palfreyman (also representing Urban Planters) will be hosting an interative… Continue

Added by Laura @ eFIG on June 4, 2010 at 13:39 — No Comments

Green Roof Shelter Over Seating

A new project submission has been made to www.garden-design-pictures.com and the pictures can be viewed here: http://www.garden-design-pictures.com/green-roof-proj-grfggd001.html



If you are a Garden Designer or Landscape Gardener you can claim your free advertisement and link to your website by emailing steve@garden-design-pictures.com and requesting… Continue

Added by Steve Barker on June 3, 2010 at 16:51 — No Comments

Week 21 in the diary of Earth Designs - A London Garden Design and Build Company



http://www.earthdesigns.co.uk/blog/generalchitchat/week-21-2010-this-week%e2%80%99s-board



~After last week's meeting progress on the wildlife garden continues. Site survey completed, I have begun the initial layout drawings and drawn up some objectives based on he brainstorm exercise Matt and I started last week. Now that the brief… Continue

Added by Katrina Kieffer- Wells on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 — No Comments

The Earth Designs Blog. Bespoke Garden Design and Build Blog : Week 20 2010: This week’s board

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~Visited Cheryl to discuss her garden in Harlow. She lives on a new build with her husband and two children. They have lived there for a number of years and whilst they have done a considerable amount of internalrefurbishment they have made little renovation to the garden.

~Continued to discuss the 'Wild Space, Your Place' public wildlife garden with Colin Bowen from the RSPB. We had a team meeting at Earth Designs' garden office to… Continue

Added by Katrina Kieffer- Wells on June 3, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

White Sandstone Paving & Raised Beds - Contemporary Garden

A new project submission has been made to www.garden-design-pictures.com and the pictures can be viewed here: http://www.garden-design-pictures.com/contemporary-proj-conott001.html



If you are a Garden Designer or Landscape Gardener you can claim your free advertisement and link to your website by emailing… Continue

Added by Steve Barker on June 2, 2010 at 12:53 — No Comments

Remarkable Renderworks by Daniel Jansenson

Hello to Garden Designers out there who use the Vectorworks CAD package. Are you making the most of your investment? I've just finished reviewing Daniel Jansenson's tutorial book "Remarkable Renderworks" - you can see my thoughts by following the link to my own blog… Continue

Added by Steve Rice on June 1, 2010 at 15:16 — No Comments


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Knowledge Transfer

You may have heard the phrase 'Knowledge Transfer' already, if not, you will be shortly as it is now being used directly in terms of the Landscape and Landscaping Industry. These are the key buzz words being bandied about from Government, local and central through to the colleges, quangos and NGO's in the UK. And they relate to the practitioners and designers operating in the landscape industry - us.



The… Continue

Added by Pip Howard on June 1, 2010 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

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