Fascinating Ted Talk on how trees communicate

  • 26 June, 2017

A colleague put me on to this recently - Suzanne Simard's TED talk on how trees communicate. Plant communication is a fascinating area of study and I initially got into this by reading Lyall Watson's observations in his book Dreams of Dragons. Anyway, it's well worth a watch.   A.

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BlueSky Landscapes team on BBC Garden Rescue

  • 24 April, 2017

We have exciting news! For the past couple months, we have been helping out on the second series of BBC's Garden Rescue with Charlie Dimmock and award-winning garden designers the Rich brothers. If you look hard enough, you might just catch a glimpse of us at work on some of the gardens in Somerset, Weston Super Mare, Hampshire and Norfolk. The programme starts today and is on daily at 15.45 on BBC 1, and is repeated the following day at 6.30am (prime time TV!) - and you can read more about it on the BBC Garden Rescue page. Picture courtesy of BBC and Spun Gold TV.  

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The Hive – Kew Gardens

  • 20 October, 2016
The Hive – Kew Gardens

I went to a technical conference with the Society of Garden Designers last week, this being a new initiative for them, the first covering many aspects of trees, from drought tolerance to urban history; place making and legalities. The event was held at Kew Gardens and chaired by Tony Kirkham – Head of Arboretum. To finish the day, Tony talked and walked us around some interesting trees in the gardens. We were lucky to get a sneak preview of The Hive, a sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress the sculpture officially opens to the public on the 18th June 2016. The Hive is an aluminium...

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BlueSky Landscapes is hiring again!

  • 1 February, 2016

January 2016 Landscapers: We are looking for experienced full-time landscapers to to join the team of a small but expanding landscaping firm based in the Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and Cotswolds areas. The right candidate would work on an employed basis (starting as soon as possible). Sub-contracts would also be considered.  Must have a means of travel and clean driving licence would be helpful. May be required to work independently on landscaping projects for private and commercial clients. As well as being a skilled landscaper with a good knowledge of garden construction techniques;...

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Bluesky Landscapes is hiring!

  • 16 July, 2014

July 2014 BlueSky Landscapes is hiring again! We are looking for an experienced landscaper to work on a project basis (starting immediately) for a small landscaping firm based in the Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and Cotswolds areas. Must have own vehicle and some tools would be useful. May be required to work independently on landscaping work for private customers. References required. For more information, drop us an email. --------------------- June 2013 Part-time help required for a small garden design & landscaping business working in Bath and the surrounding areas (office...

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Eco-geek is here…

  • 9 January, 2013

Ah man, what was once the domain of the gentle folk to potter and ponder is now in danger of attracting itself to that sector of society with a fixed wheel racing bike, a digital device by the windowsill that tells them what the weather is like outside and a t.v that covers one wall. We have to whisper really quietly now because what I have just discovered must not get into the hands of the wrong people... This is the Parrot 'flower power'. This little techie gem when placed next to your plant/s will report back to your smart phone on the sunlight, soil moisture, temperature and fertilizer...

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Taste Place: January

  • 5 January, 2012

For my first post of 2012 I'd like to share an art installation by London based Israeli artist Zadok Ben David. In his work 'Blackfield' he has taken plant illustrations from Victorian botanical drawings and replicated them in steel. With exacting detail 12,000 miniatures bedded in sand make up one immense sculpture that as the title would suggest appears all black, but as one views the sculpture from another angle it reveals another exquisitely colourful side. You may also like from the same artist 'Leftovers' and 'Sunny Moon' Enjoy, A. Images sourced from Colossal

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Pimp my shed

  • 8 December, 2011

I'd like to show you an office that we built in collaboration with David Gumbleton. It is designed and built from scratch specifically for the client. It is fully insulated and fitted with electrics and heating, is clad with red cedar and sits on an iroko deck; it even has a green sedum roof to blend into the stunning landscape beyond. This garden is an ongoing project for us and I may refer to it as we create more features and the design comes into fruition. But for now now I'd like to use it as a spring board to share a few of my favourite garden offices and modular buildings: Here are a few that...

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Think Outside of the Tree !!

  • 5 December, 2011

If you didn't already go out this weekend and buy your Christmas tree and are excited to kick off the Christmas celebrations, then I'm going to refer you back to my blog post - To Tree or Not To Tree...? Here I give a little history of the Christmas tree and look at a couple of alternatives to the cut tree such as buying a tree in a pot that can be used year after year and collecting holly and ivy for the home. Here are some fun alternatives: Images courtesy of: Christmas comeback kid, Urban Gardens, Boing Boing, Pop Gadget, Cool Hunting and Design Taxi    

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A Way of Looking at What We Do…

  • 30 November, 2011

This blog moves a little away from the garden/nature theme to share a piece of work written while I was working in the hospitality industry. It deals with the principals involved in a transaction and I'm posting it because I feel that it has uses in pretty much any industry or circumstance where an exchange is made. The study came about when I was in a previous incarnation as a bar manager in London for 'All Bar One'. I was possibly the least formally educated of my team that was made up of full and part-time workers a lot of which were students. I had working with me people studying PhD's...

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