Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
You will never look at a greenhouse in the same way again thanks to Jacob Wolff, a young British artist from the Royal College of Art, who has used a Halls Magnum Greenhouse purchased from GardenSite in a unique garden sculpture.
The chances are, especially as this is a one-off art installation, that you have never seen a Halls greenhouse look quite like this one.
It was created by British artist Jacob Wolff who now lives and works in Berlin. He recently used one of our greenhouses for an award winning sculpture at Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds.
Entitled 'rhizome' Jacob used a 8ft wide by 14ft deep Halls Magnum Greenhouse as the basis for his inspiration.
These greenhouses have a strong aluminium frame strengthened by cast iron joints, smooth sliding doors, roof vents and glazing options. Gardeners benefit from a rich variety of features, strength and a spacious growing area, but Jacob had something quite different in mind.
Spray painted in bright reds, greens and blues, this remarkable sculpture was displayed alongside six other pieces in the landscaped gardens of Cowley Manor which was once owned by Sir James Horlick, the malted milk magnate, who rebuilt it to resemble the Villa Borghese in Rome.
With sucn an interesting history and set in 55 acres, the Grade II listed Cowley Manor hosts the Cowley Manor Arts Award that is now in its third year. This event partially funds both materials and tutoring, presents an opportunity for students to create a commercial commission, and places students and their work before a prestigious panel from the world of art.
The award's sculpture exhibition offers an insight into the young talent and work emerging from the world famous Royal College of Art, some of the work will remain on show at the manor while others are offered for sale for those with enough money to invest in great works of art.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.