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Chelsea Flower Show 2011 – Photos

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

We had a super day at the Chelsea Flower Show today. Caught glimpses of a very smartly dressed Alan Titchmarsh, and Diarmuid Gavin kitted out in a harness being given a skylift! The standards this year were definitely a step up on 2010, with some really creative new gardens. Our favourites were the Chilstone Garden – designed by Heather Appleton, Diarmuid’s Irish Sky Garden, once again the Laurent-Perrier Garden – designed by Luciano Giubbilei, the RNIB Garden – designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, and last but not least the Monaco Garden – designed by Sarah Eberle.

Generally the standards were exceptionally high. We were a little disappointed by some of the Artisan Gardens which all seemed a bit of a play on the same sort of thing, all except that was the Literary Garden – designed by Martin Cook and Bonnie Davies.

It was a super day, hot and sunny, we also downed a rather expensive half bottle of champagne! Which of course was delicious!

I’m now looking forward to applying some of the many ideas we picked up today into the gardens Gardenproud look after.

In the meantime here are a few pictures ………..

Hot News at Chelsea 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

If you are visiting The Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow then do look out for Sarah or Myself, or call us at Gardenproud on 07725 173820. If not then click on this link to see some super photos of highlights from the show courtesy of Gap Photos.

We hope to see you there.

Tim Sykes


The Italian Connection – George Sykes

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011


George is a determined chap, he boldly claims his plan is to take over Gardenproud! Which probably means I’d better watch my back and mind my P’s and Q’s if I’m ever to enjoy my retirement!!!!

He’s currently at Hadlow College studying Horticulture, about to embark on his second year.

One day a week he works for Gardenproud learning from the ground up the skills he’ll need to work with our team of gardeners. Every weekend he’s also been working for a local nursery, so he’s also been brushing up on his plant ident and customer skills.

Most recently George along with a number of other students were treated to a trip to Rome to be inspired by the sights and visit a number of the most famous Italian gardens.

Italianate Gardens are a personal passion, in fact I’ve been involved with one particular UK garden that is currently undergoing a renaissance.

This is also a passion of BBC Presenter Monty Don.

Thanks to my sister I’ve just been bought his book “ Great Gardens of Italy” – published by Quadrille as a birthday present. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Anyway turning back to George. He found the trip to Italy fascinating and was particularly struck by the structure and architecture of many gardens.

His favourite gardens were Villa d’Este, Villa Lante, and Sacro Bosco.

“ Villa d’Este is really impressive, of particular interest are the many fountains and pools fed entirely by the gravity water system,” comments George.

So you can see from his response immediately that the guy is into hard landscaping!

This is so true to form. I can remember vividly that George as a 4 year old would as his favourite past-time dig trenches in our garden in Essex and lay land drains!

The gardens at Villa d’Este, based in the town of Tivoli, were created in the 16th Century. Originally conceived by Architect Pirro Ligorio the design on the face of it is comparatively simple with a central pathway leading past a series of fountains, with steep steps leading you through a number of diversions. “Like a kind of horticultural fairground made of stone.”

The money that must have been thrown at these projects was incredible.

Villa d’Este, is a masterpiece, it is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, water features, and music. A much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.

Outside of gardening George is like most other teenagers, he’s out till the early hours, never seems to have any money, and never answers his phone to his parents!

Favourite  Plants: Dogwood, Bleeding Heart

Gardening Dislikes: The early start

See Gardenproud at Chelsea Flower Show on May 25th 2011

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

We will be there on Wednesday 25th May. So if you want any advice on garden design, Landscaping or Garden Maintenance then call us on our mobile which is 07725 173820.

We are likely to be in the picnic area at lunchtime then touring the gardens throughout the afternoon, but do call us and we can arrange to meet at your chosen stand.

This is us, so look out for Sarah and myself.

Tim Sykes

Sarah and friend Chelsea

Always available to clients