A New Garden

In my time, I’m now 55, I’ve designed dozens of gardens for clients. Small gardens, big gardens, contemporary gardens, cottage gardens, traditional gardens; the list goes on. For ourselves, I’ve designed and built just three. In all honesty, my first garden, when I was six, was a small patch of ground at the end of my parents garden, where I planted a beautiful rhododendron and made small umbrellas from cocktail sticks abs paper cup cake holders for the pixies and fairies I was convinced lived at the end of the garden.

The garden here in Broadstone, however, is the most beautiful (to me at least) garden I have ever made. And after 25 years of working to build the garden, in sun, rain, and snow (!), the end of this chapter is fast approaching, as we have put our house on the market to move into a property, which we have inherited, sadly through the loss of our closest friends.

Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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