Lots of people talk a lot about sustainable garden design. I can talk about it all day too, but unless I give you practical and easy to achieve ways to move towards environmental sustainability, whats the point? In this blog post I am going to try and curb my rambling tendencies and share some easy-peasy tips on making your backyard a more self-sustaining place.
After writing my piece on Chelsea Flower Show for House & Garden mag, I headed south from London to the rolling hills of Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Garden photographer Leigh Clapp and I zipped around six amazing gardens in two days. West Green House was first on our list.
It’s been a while. Sorry about that. I’ve been wandering around the globe for the last 10 weeks, checking out gardens, architecture and inspiring design stuff from Shanghai to London, Amsterdam to Budapest and lots of places in between. I’m home now, inspired and energetic, and ready to roll into spring.
So, I am in London. Not sure if anyone noticed I was out of the country? Anyway, I came over to write about Chelsea Flower Show for Australian House & Garden Magazine. It was fun, a bit mad and a bit scary; hounding the designers I am used to reading about in books for interviews, and then then trying to ask intelligent questions about plants I have no idea about.
I had the pleasure of being invited to be a guest speaker at a fundraising event in Gulargumbone in North Western NSW a few weeks ago. Public speaking terrifies me but I had been told once that the only way to overcome it is to accept every single speaking invitation you ever get. So, I said yes. And then the butterflies arrived…..
Sorry about the big space between blog posts peeps. It’s been busy at Reid & Friends lately. It’s hard find the time to write interesting, useful posts when I have a collection of council development applications drawings hanging around my brain and clogging up my computer.
I have a feeling this journal is going to be kind of like a Reid & Friends FAQ page. Soon enough, instead of talking to people I can just say these three words, ‘read my journal’. But I won’t, because I am actually quite a nice person and enjoy sharing my love of landscape design with anyone who will listen, or even pretend to listen.
I’m thinking about planning a trip. But not just any trip, a trip to look at gardens. What a dork! Surely I should be sick of them by now, you say? Uh huh, no way. Gardens are my passion. And a tax deduction. And an inspiration. No one wants to employ an uninspired landscape designer…
Maybe it is the circles I move in but when I am asked what I do and answer that I am a landscape designer, I can guarantee that the response will be something like ‘Oh wow! What a great thing to do…blah blah blah’. Gushy gushy nice stuff. It’s good.