Goodwood

Something a little bit different, couple days away working on a wildflower meadow installation for a private event at the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex.

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Were on site, a month of madness begins! 

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The cedar has arrived at the farm and cabin construction can begin…

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Exciting times ahead! I can finally announce that I will be making my Chelsea debut, creating my first garden on Main Avenue for Cloudy Bay next year…

The garden design is inspired by Cloudy Bay’s 30-year winemaking heritage at the pioneering winery in the Marlborough region in New Zealand using nature as a source of its inspiration.

The garden is designed to be a secluded retreat in which to escape. It is a serene space designed to evoke memories as one breathes and savours the experience of the garden.

The salient feature of the garden is its intricacy but powerful simplicity. The primary material is western red cedar timber, which is used in the construction of the deck, boardwalks and cabin. It is a natural material that exudes quality. A large reflective pool adds a sensory element to the design with connotations of setting sail and drifting away or escaping. The cabin and boardwalk elements have a pontoon-like quality.

The planting palette is made up primarily of heathers, pines and grasses – bold and simple selection that evoke memories and transport people to another place. There are no boundaries to the garden increasing a sense of freedom when enjoying it from within. 

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It’s been a busy week relocating my gold medal winning ‘Sky’s the Limit’ garden 300 miles to St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth.

The garden has been redesigned for the new site and now acts as a place for recuperation and contemplation for patients and their loved ones. 

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RHS Young Garden designer

Sam is thrilled to have won the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition with the ‘Sky’s the Limit’ Garden.

The garden design challenges the way we think about outdoor space, a multi-storey garden in which every square inch of ground can be planted. It’s a garden that connects us with plants and wildlife and reminds us of the importance of our gardens. 

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‘Hands On’ garden wins SILVER at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

A central cube offers privacy and refuge from modern life. The outside wall of the cube it is wrapped with a clay strip which visitors are invited to leave an impression on. Planting is made up of masses of wildflowers and silver birch trees enveloping the wooden cube and making it even more of a hidden sanctuary.

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