Ornate water features and fountains are familiar sights particularly in stately gardens and formal locations. David Coton reviews some alternatives that will add distinguished elegance to your home.
To coincide with the release of Jurassic World on 11 June, Nathan James Dodd describes how you can create your own theme park with dinosaurs produced in fine detail and with enormous precision by Toscano and Borderstone.
You don't usually come across prehistoric animals ambling through your garden but, with these fearsome dinosaur ornaments in cast stone and high quality resin, long extinct creatures of varying scariness can inhabit the undergrowth and stride across your lawn..
With a name meaning 'Tyrant Lizard', Tyrannosaurus Rex had powerful legs and a huge skull, a world class predator that Borderstone have cast in stone.
You would probably not want to bump into a Ankylosaurus in real life either, luckily this Borderstone version is another excellently crafted reproduction in cast stone. Their Triceratops lives up to his name, that means 'three horned face', with an armour plated appearance but underneath he's just a cuddly herbivore.
Reaching up to browse in the tree tops is the giraffe necked Brachiosaurus, his signature small head indicates although he may have been one of the tallest but perhaps not the brightest.
Toscano have reproduced in resin their own T. Rex but this time a ferocious life size resin version measuring 11ft tall and 22ft long! It's hand painted and entirely convincing.
Their Parasaurolopus has clearly recently used his crimson red beak for al fresco dining and, like all the creatures in the life size collection, is reproduced entirely realistically at just under 8ft, as is a 6ft tall Allosaurus.
The extremely frightening Velociraptor, again life size, would have Richard Attenborough on his bike cycling in the opposite direction. This carnivorous speedster has terrifying claws and teeth dripping with blood.
Looking not entirely dissimilar to a rhino, the Toscano Triceratops has three horns and a head so large it takes up a third of its body behind a backward pointing frill. However, as far as necks go, the longest must belong to the Brontosaurus, 7ft tall and 12ft long, this will stand head and shoulders above you.
And if anyone doubts that your Jurassic World isn't for real, you can have the bones to prove it. Life size dinosaur remains that any paleontologist will be proud to discover. No-one will guess they're made from resin.
Nathan James Dodd
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.