Ann-Marie Powell Gardens wishes you an exciting, vibrant, healthy 2017!
To me gardens are for people – healing, welcoming spaces to switch off, contemplate and enjoy growing plants within the great outdoors. The RHS’s vision statement is ‘to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place”. People, and their joy in growing plants are key in achieving this aim.
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As garden designers we are aware of the need of our clients to park off street, especially where a resident’s parking permit comes with a king’s ransom. Legislation governs that all new and replacement drives of more than 5 square meters of impermeable paving (where water isn’t directed to a permeable area), needs planning permission. So considering permeable paving is a necessity.
Environmentally, permeable paving makes sense too. There’s no doubting that rainwater has to go somewhere and, in heavy downpours, even if you are not flooded, it might be affecting your neighbours downhill. By using a form of permeable paving material, draining to a soakaway, you’ll be helping to reduce local flooding, and also water being directing into our already at-capacity drains. Many drains carry rainwater directly to streams or rivers where pollution (oil, petrol, brake dust etc.) damages wildlife and the wider environment. And dare I mention that in older areas this overflow rainwater may go into the foul water sewers, usually for taking kitchen and bathroom waste to the sewage treatment works. In heavy rainfall these too overflow into streams and rivers. Ensuring rainwater can soak into natural aquifers is ao much more than just a sensible solution.
SureSet Permeable paving
We decided to include SureSet permeable paving into our Chelsea garden with a nifty little fountain system which we hope will demonstrate what happens to excess water when you use this system in your front garden at home. We’ve chosen a resin bound surface - a mixture of natural aggregate and a high quality clear resin binder which delivers a surface that is smooth, durable and needs very little maintenance. We hope our jet-studded surface inspires and delights, whilst highlighting the water permeability of this material, which makes it so important to our environment. We are so excited to be working with the Sureset team.
Ann-Marie Powell Gardens is delighted that Ann-Marie will be judging the BBC Local Radio and RHS Design a Garden Competition at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016.
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We are absolutely delighted and hugely proud to announce that Ann-Marie will be designing the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden for Health, Happiness and Horticultue at 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. More details to follow, but here's a sneak preview.
Ann-Marie is delighted to have been asked to appear at Pro Landscaper Magazine's annual industry event 'Futurescape'.
The show brings together the leading garden designers, architects and landscape contractors in the industry with an array of talks, seminars and exhibits.
She will answer questions from Pro Landscaper's Managing Director Jim Wilkinson in what promises to be a frank and lively interview on her career.
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How wonderful to see our RHS Hampton Court Medal representing Macmillan Legacies on the front cover of November's ProLandscaper Magazine.
Such happy memories of Hampton Court and all the people and companies whose combined hard work resulted in a coveted Gold Medal.
The magazine also includes a four page spread on Ann-Marie's career as one of the UK's leading women garden designers.
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We are delighted that The Architect's Journal reports on a scheme which has recently received planning approval, in the conservation area of Long Sutton, Hampshire.
We were delighted to see our Hampton Court Flower Show Garden was featured in Forge Magazine.
It may be a few weeks since Ann-Marie Powell Gardens were awarded a Gold Medal at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, but I want to make sure everyone involved gets recognition for this fantastic achievement............. (please read on by clicking below)
The success of our Macmillan Legacy Garden at RHS Hampton Court rides upon many factors, but a key feature is on the structure whose shape and function will anchor the space. It’s designed to be a soft, round shape, resting at the woodland edge, where one can escape from the strains, pressures and unimaginable angst when in a time of turmoil.
Finally we’re ready to go to build with a garden that we are extremely proud and privileged to have been selected to design and build for Macmillan cancer support. Our RHS Hampton Court build begins on June 10th 2015, and tomorrow morning sees main contractor The Outdoor Room and I on site at 7am to mark out a garden that has long been in the planning. Here’s the story behind the drawings…
We are very pleased and proud to announce that implementation of our Mews Garden at prestgious Sopwell House Hotel has now been completed.
Interior designers Sparc Studio have individually designed sixteen Mews suites within the grounds of the 4-star 128-bedroom boutique hotel Sopwell House, all of which are accessed through a private courtyard designed by Ann-Marie Powell Gardens.