The Lush Garden Design Blog

The blog features news, projects and garden-related writing from Keith and Anna Barker.


The ‘Small Business Sunday’ Effect

Small businesses like us have miniscule marketing budgets. If you can increase your exposure, or your media presence, without spending any money, then generally that’s a good thing. One way to achieve this is by entering into Theo Paphitis’ Small Business... read more

Conversion: before and after

Three years ago I went to visit the site of a building conversion with a view to landscaping the grounds. I took my usual array of photos and went off to draw up some design proposals. Happily the designs were approved and over the next 18 months the building was... read more

New Year, New Garden, New You

How many of us have piled on a few pounds over the holiday season? I know I have. How many more have pledged to join their local gym to get back into shape? Well, if you have a garden there is no need. The time you’d spend at the gym could be spent in your... read more

The Trouble with Bedding

You’ve seen them in public parks and on roundabouts. You’ve seen them outside council buildings, spelling out slogans of civic pride and shaped into lurid municipal crests. Loud and needy, demanding to be the centre of attention, they are bedding plants – the spoilt... read more

Unaccustomed, as I am, to public speaking

Back in the Autumn, whilst up to my eyes in work, I received an invitation to deliver a talk to a small group of ladies. I accepted without hesitation, secure in the knowledge that I’d have ages to prepare – the event was not taking place until the following March.... read more

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