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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.

Gardenproud Show Garden opens at Corker’s

Friday, April 14th, 2017

“Contemplation” – A Quiet Space

a garden design by George Sykes of Gardenproud

Fighting our way through our busy lives it’s all too easy

to forget that it’s good to stop, enjoy some down time,

and clear our minds.

“Contemplation” has been designed by George Sykes (23) of

Gardenproud to provide that peaceful spot where we

can relax and reflect.

The Garden features a shallow pond leading to a

sanctuary,  sheltered by two English Oak arches where

you can seek refuge on a comfortable bespoke oak bench.

The stepping stones leading to and surface of the sanctuary

use Italian porcelain pavers.

Your eye is immediately drawn to the iron sculpture,

created by local artist Michael Hart, who designed this piece

specifically for the garden. The sculpture includes a series of vertical panels that have been forged by Michael to create a rippling pattern, echoing the

gentle calm of the shallow ponds surface.

Finally the planting both in the pond and around the garden has been provided by “How Green Nursery” and is designed to reflect the theme, enclose the sanctuary and reinforce the sense of calm. The theme is “white”

inspired Sissinghurst’s famous White Garden.

Plant List:

Pond –

Nymphaea Candida (Dwarf White Water Lily) – White cup shaped flowers with yellow stamens

Beds –

- Pittosporum tenuifolium – ‘Pompom’ – evergreen balls, c 450mm

- Stipa Lessingiana – Feather grass, a hardy perennial, c 750mm

- Allium Mount Everest – A beautiful cream, statuesque allium, May/June flowering

- Agapanthus Africanus Albus- White , July to September Flowering

- Zantedeschia Aethiopica – distinctive white flowers March – June

- Dryopteris Wallichiana – an outstandingly hardy fern, with upright stems covered in brown-black bristly hairs.

- Cornus Alba Elegantissima – Dogwood, flowering May/June, green variegated with white leaf

- Penstemon Pensham – Artic Fox, summer to autumn flowering

- Salvia Nemorosa – Lyrical- White flowering, early summer flowering perennial

- Spiraea Arguta – “Bridal Wreath” – Spring flowering shrub

- Aquilegia Vulgaris -”White Barlow” – c 900mm, spring/summer flowering

- Leucojum Gravetye  – “White snow drops” – spring flowering

- Astelia Chathamica – Silver Spear – Silver green long leaves reminiscent of phormiums, flowering late Spring

- Freesia- Wonderfully fragrant creamy white flowers in Spring

To view the garden in all its glory you can call into Corker’s new show gardens, in Whetstead Road, Paddock Wood.

For further information and help with your garden design

please contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 173820,

or email him at reallygardenproud@btinternet.com

Whether you are seeking a contemporary, or traditional solution we are here to help you. Gardenproud have been established since 2007, and have designed and built many gardens in the Tunbridge Wells area.

We also have a garden maintenance division which has looked

after many properties locally.

We are based in nearby Matfield, Kent.