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Planning a garden for 2019?

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Looking back at 2018 I’m reminded by the way new technology and social media is impacting our lives.

Even in the garden we see picture taking transformed to the new “square” format of Instagram, and ariel photography (thanks to drones) depicting gardens in ways we’ve never seen before. Elsewhere “You Tube” provides “how to do it” videos that give budding gardeners extra confidence to learn new tricks.

At Gardenproud we’ve been talking about investing in a drone for a couple of years. Maybe 2019 will see us take the leap!

In the meantime our 2019 brochure features some rather square shots of our recent work and inspiring images from the last 12 months……..

The magnificient tree ferns we saw at the Eden Project in Cornwall inspired some of the thinking for our new contemporary garden in Tunbridge Wells.

The double-fronted facade of this old parsonage has been greatly enhanced by our victorian design footpath and steps.

Our designers and landscapers never seem to stop. On a 2018 holiday they took to designing and building a new ice bar garden. Suffice to say a few vodka shots were  enjoyed by all!

The Chelsea Flower Show proved to be a real stunner in 2018 and this show winner inspired our thinking.

During the year we won a pitch to create a new sensory garden at the Eden Centre in Edenbridge and here you can see it in its construction.

Our craftmanship, particularly with hardwoods was put to the test in a recent reburbish of a greenhouse, with some beautiful new staging created in cedar wood.

Talking of which our Show Garden at Corker in Paddock Wood made it into the press and brought us plenty of new prospects.

Elsewhere our planting gurus helped transform previously created hard landscaping projects with beautiful soft landscaping schemes.

Freshly planted beds in Tunbridge Wells.

Tulips in the knot garden.

Our Aquatic planting in Sevenoaks.

Our carpentry skills ( and lifting) were put to good test in creating a huge oak pergola as part of a complete garden transformation in Four Elms.

The detailing that goes into our gardens was well demonstraed by the oak gravel boards that formed a key part of a medieval garden design in Tonbridge.

Elsewhere our work with stone, saw us create sandstone walling in Tunbridge Wells park; a bespoke wooden trellis scheme; and a front garden feature with sandstone setts and a cretan urn.

The final view is a stunning shot from the Kitchen Garden, created by us which came into it’s own during 2018 with an amazing first year’s harvest.

We’ll be planning the second years crop very soon.

For further information about garden design, planting and construction call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820, or George Sykes on 07872 671008, or contact us via email at reallygardenproud@btinternet.com.

See Gardenproud on Instagram

Friday, January 29th, 2016

We’ve recently joined Instagram and have the grand total of 30 Followers!

So a long way to go yet.

We are trying to upload new photos everyday.

The above photo features Basil who is one of our regular ride-on drivers, it’s already got a like from would you believe John Deere!

If you are looking for great pictures to inspire your garden thinking, then look no further than Gardenproud. You can see us at www.instagram.com

If you haven’t already signed up you can download the app for i-phone (IOS) , Android, or Windows phone at the above, or visit your App Store on your phone.

Looking forward to having you as Followers soon!

Gardenproud Photo Highlights 2015

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

2015 was an excellent year for Gardenproud.

Lots of new projects for the landscaping division and some previous projects revisited and updated. Which is all good stuff as gardens evolve.

We went to Chelsea and gleaned inspiration from the latest designs, braved the weather and enjoyed the champagne. We’ve started designing and creating garden buildings as part of our landscaping offer. The Maintenance teams  worked extremely hard to cope with the new assignments, and new gardeners joined the team. We look forward to recruiting more team members in 2016.

It is with great sadness to report that Emmett Gilah, who was a regular member of the team, has unfortunately died. He was an industrious chap and good gardener and far too young to die. Our thoughts go out to his family. Thank you Emmett you will be sorely missed.

2015 was a big year for us, as we moved house. We haven’t moved for 16 years. So had forgotten just how stressy and time consuming the whole process is. Especially when you are also trying to run two businesses. So having beautified our last house and completely re-fashioned the garden, we now have a new garden. So watch this space!

Fortunately shortly after moving we had a holiday. Which was a real tonic. Sarah and I visited a number of gardens during our summer holiday. We went to Madeira, which was an eye opener. We went in August, but if you really want to see the flora, I suggest you go in April or May. But do go. It is a wonderful island and it benefits from a sub-tropical climate. Over the years it has had a strong British influence, so the planting is a bit a mixture between those we see in the UK and more tropical specimens. There is a very good book (which I bought) written by an Englishman, Gerald Luckhurst. He is a landscape architect and has designed and built many gardens on Madeira. Sounds like a rather good job!

Back home and back to work on our plans for the new house and various gardens.

So here we are already in 2016. A new house, a new garden, a greenhouse for the first time, some new possible avenues, new projects and new gardens. Oh yes, we’ve got a little more savvy on the media front – we are already on Facebook, we are now on Instagram! I think we have the grand total of 30 followers, so do look us up (my son claims to have 1400)!  I don’t believe him.

See us at www.instagram.com

Enough said, 2016 looks busy, I’d better stop writing and get on with it!

Happy New Year from View

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

View is the quarterly update from Gardenproud on what’s new in the garden.

The new 2014 edition is out now. You can order a copy in the post, or via email. Just send an email request to info@reallygardenproud.com

In this quarter’s edition are Gardening Tips, 2013 Highlights from Gardenproud, some ideas for Window Boxes, details of our latest Equipment updates – of special interest to the demands of larger gardens, our latest recruit, and news of our latest Design Projects.