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Archive for January, 2012

Get your fleeces out! As Met Office issues severe weather warning!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Met Office have today issued a severe weather warning.

Temperatures are set to plummet to -6C in some areas this weekend.

Wintery showers are expected to hit areas of the UK as residents brace themselves for a spell of cooler weather that may include snow in some regions.

So if you haven’t already covered your vulnerable plants and shrubs then do so now. We’ll also be sending messages out to all members of the Gardenproud team to check out customer gardens.

You can buy winter fleece off the roll or in re-usable drawstring pull-ons that come in different sizes. You can buy fleeces at most garden centres and also get them online, see

At Harrod’s website if you click on “Garden Netting and Protection” then click on “Insulating Fleece and Plant Cosies” you will find what you are looking for.

Plants that are particularly susceptible to damage include bays, boxes, fuchsias, cordylines, palms and yuccas. But check first, a useful place to look is the RHS website, see

Once on the RHS website if you go to “Plants” then pop into the search engine “Frost Protection” some useful links will appear.

Frosty Formality in Tunbridge Wells

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Frosty Formality

A warm welcome awaits you when you meet Peter Brown at his gallery – The Pantiles Edge Gallery in Tunbridge Wells. “Frosty Formality” just happens to be the title of one of his unique paintings.

Gallery owner and local artist Peter has developed a captivating approach to depicting the “English Country Garden.”

His background in design shows through in the highly graphical and almost surreal interpretations of garden landscapes.

Here are a few more examples…..


Unrequited Love

The Secret Rose Garden

You can meet Peter and see more from this series of paintings at the gallery which is situated in 2 Nevill Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tn2 5TT. Or visit the website at and click on Artists “Peter Brown.”

Creating an extra room in the Garden

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

A town garden can sometimes signal limited space and here the design task can be to create an environment that is both appealing and has practical attributes.

Just the challenge Gardenproud were looking for when they were asked recently to transform a modest garden in the centre of Tunbridge Wells.

The house is an attractive victorian property that has been extended in a complimentary but modern fashion. A key feature is an orangery extension incorporating a floor to ceiling gabled window.

Patio doors from the extension led onto a small decking terrace/pathway. This had an interesting wave feature that was to become a design cue for the work in the garden.

Elsewhere the garden looked overgrown and dark. A thick outcrop of shrubs, ivy and brambles disguised an attractive rear wall. This overgrown area encroached on what available space there was.

It also just happened to be the sunniest spot of the garden!

The client wanted to brighten up the garden, increase the perception of space, enjoy the sunlight and importantly use the garden more often for entertaining etc.

The Gardenproud team designed a concept that built on the attributes of the lower terrace and created a larger new upper terrace that would benefit from maximum sunlight, new planting areas along the borders and new pathways. They then rebuilt the old lower terrace in new materials.

Many of the old shrubs were temporarily removed and will be replaced by a new planting scheme early 2012. Other shrubs and small trees were pruned so as to remove dead foliage and also open up the garden.

The victorian pavers from the old pathways were cleaned and reused as part of the new scheme.

To help improve privacy and give the garden a more attractive backdrop trellising was erected along the neighbour borders.

As a focal point and to help increase the perception of space and light Gardenproud designed a large mirror to go on the rear wall. This was made locally by Masson Joinery in hardwood. “We designed the mirror to reflect the architecture of the client’s orangery,” commented Gardenproud’s Tim Sykes.

A lighting scheme was designed so as to provide atmospheric colour and shape to the garden at night. It additionally enables outdoor entertaining and illuminates the connecting pathways. This was installed by local electricians Bright Spark. Ingeniously the whole system is operated from a remote controlled switching point in the kitchen/dining area.

One of the key challenges for the team was dealing with the logistics of working in a confined space, including organising deliveries, storing materials, creating work areas and removing waste.

“Parking is also a massive challenge to any tradesman in places like Tunbridge Wells, with the need to drop off and collect equipment and regularly monitor progress. Anyway we managed to overcome these difficulties and have learn’t a lot from the experience,” says Tim Sykes.

The end result speaks for itself and most importantly Sonya our client is delighted with her new garden and looks forward to enjoying it in 2012.

“The garden looks fantastic! We’re very pleased with it and really like the mirror.”

From just £250Gardenproud can provide you with a series of concepts demonstrating how you can transform your garden space.

For a FREE consultation call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820 today, or email us at

2012 – Happy New Garden!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Happy New Year to you all from Gardenproud.

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful garden in full bloom to lift the spirits!

And as we all sit watching The News at Ten and listen to the threat of a double-dip recession we all need something to hang onto.

Well for just £250, plus the dreaded VAT( I’m sorry according to George Osborne this isn’t likely to be coming down yet) we can make you feel better and hopefully inspire you onto greater things!

That’s all it costs for Gardenproud to provide a series of concepts demonstrating how you can transform your garden. It maybe that you just want a fresh look at your planting, or a new terrace designed, or a vegetable garden, or the kids are getting bigger and you need to re-think the front driveway, or maybe you’ve bucked the trend and just moved into a new house and the whole garden needs a re-think. Whatever your desires we have the experience and expertise to help you realise your dream.

Don’t leave it till the tulips come out, call us now and be sure to have a much improved view by the Spring.

For a FREE consultation call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820 today, or email us at