David Coton was delighted to recently meet with Frank Honald, President and Owner of Henri Studio USA, who had flown in from Chicago to discuss the opportunity of bringing their products back into the UK next year.
The current series of 'Love Your Garden' came to an end last night. It once again featured an array of ideas, and used Grange Flower Circles to great effect.
Alan was in Cumbria redesigning a garden to celebrate the life of the owners' daughter, Alice, who had died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
She was a very special child who had dedicated the final years of her life to raising thousands of pounds for charity. The garden had become neglected due to her parents' commitment to continuing her charitable work.
Surrounded by such a beautiful landscape, the decision was made to emphasize natural materials and, working with local Lake District stone, the team created an impressive rock garden and terrace.
The garden however was a challenging dog leg shape and the problem of how to bring to life the narrow end was solved by putting in place three Grange Flower Circles.
Each arch is made up from two timber circles and a walkway was created 2.4m wide with ample headroom. The circles elegantly stretched the garden and your eye was guided to the striking focal point at the far end, in this case a tree donated by Alice's uncle but it could easily be a piece of statuary, bird bath or fountain.
Flowers can be planted at the base of each arch or secured to connecting rods. Climbers such as clematis or jasmine are ideal to cover the arches with colour and foliage.
Alan's team decided to weave a rambling rose, 'Seagull', through the arches. This will eventually cover the whole structure with large trusses of pure white flowers. Flexible stems made it easy to train and a wisteria was also introduced to fill gaps and add more colour.
The result was a stunning use of modern design using a traditional material. The pale green finish of the pressure treated timber allowed the natural beauty of the wood to show through and provided an ideal background for planting.
You now have the opportunity to transform your own garden into something special, the sculptural effect created by Grange Flower Circles will add structure, elegance and the beauty of a natural material - you have Alan Titchmarsh's word for it.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
Sustainability and a growing awareness of wildlife are two of the key gardening trends identified by the Royal Horticultural Society for 2020, with gardeners in a position where they can make a substantial impact regarding environmental issues.
Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020.