Chelsea 2012: Scottish Agricultural College Garden

The concept behind the Scottish Agricultural College Garden, is that of a young plant explorer who spends most of his time travelling, researching and collecting plants of interest. Inspiration for the design has come from visiting plants in their natural habitat all around the globe. One of the main features is the resin blocks that encase some of the owner’s favourite finds.

The design incorporates an outdoor office for planning and cataloguing his adventures and a greenhouse for growing and propagating plants. The naturalistic planting style attracts wildlife, and wildflowers have colonised parts of the garden whilst the owner has been away on his travels.

Chelsea 2012: The Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden

Joe Swift's first Chelsea garden won him a Gold Medal at the first attempt. The garden draws cultural inspiration from Joe's local area of Hackney in London. He designed the garden to capture the power of plants and natural forms within urban and suburban environments.

Joe, said: "This is my first show garden at Chelsea Flower Show and the design inspiration was so personal to me, so I am immensely proud to receive this award. I would like to thank Homebase for their support during the design and build of the garden."

Chelsea 2012: Flemings

Designer Jason Hodges pays tribute to his home town of Sydney with the Trailfinders Australian Garden This garden has an interesting selection mix of native and sub-tropical plants co-existing with introduced trees and shrubs from Europe and beyond.
The garden makes reference to the city of Sydney and its iconic structures through the use of materials, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge which Jason saw each day as he grew up in the suburbs surrounding the harbour. Corrugated iron brings a sense of rusticity, as this characteristic Australian material is used in housing, fences and shedding everywhere from suburban cities to the great Outback.

Chelsea 2012: Furzey Gardens

The Furzey Garden celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team, created by deaigner Chris Beardshaw and won a Gold Medal.

Chris’ woodland design incorporates acid-loving species including rhododendrons, azaleas and primulas. Ericaceous plants and shrubs have fallen out of favour with designers at Chelsea in recent years, but Chris is using them to spectacular effect in this design.

Chelsea 2012: The M&G Garden

The M&G Garden
For their garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, M&G commissioned award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon to create a show garden for their third year at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and the garden incorporates traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials and country garden planting.

With references to the gardens at Hidcote Manor and Sissinghurst, The M&G Garden has a strong asymmetric quality, characteristic of the Arts and Crafts style; a series of formal, linear paths and terraces will combine with a mirrored water channel to create a succession of garden rooms delineated by three striking monolithic walls and a ‘floating’ oak bench, that are framed by bold yew hedging.

We particularly liked this garden and it was a real crowd pleaser. The iron work though the middle of the pond was a great architectural detail that we would like to emulate. We have seen sheets of steel that has been cut out to make intricate designs, even the left over sheets make beautiful sculptures if mounted correctly. I would love to use them as an alternative to standard trellis in the garden, screening out the view and the neighbours to give the patio area far move privacy.

Of course the sculpture in this garden has been designed for the space and ties in with the cut outs in the stone.

Overall a stunning garden.

RHS Hampton Court 2012 - Advert

The RHS have launched the TV advert for the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Hungry Bin

Using the power of worms, hungry bin is a new type of compost system, and is now available for the first time in the UK via

Simple yet attractive in design, the new hungry bin is set to change the way we think about composting. Hungry bin is one of the fastest and easiest ways to produce high quality fertilizer and liquid plant food, which are amazing for your garden. The worms in a hungry bin can process up to 2 kg of kitchen scraps per day, which is more than double the household average.

What was a backbreaking and messy process is now quick, clean, and simple. The unique continuous flow system of the hungry bin was designed and developed over a period of six years in New Zealand. Hungry bin offers households and businesses alike a convenient way to reduce their waste stream.

It is a simple process to collect both the finished compost and the liquid produced by the hungry bin. Hungry bin also has wheels, so it is as easy to move as a standard wheelie bin. 

Hungry Bin has a larger surface area than other wormeries in the market, resulting in a greater population of worms. This reduces the time it takes to convert food waste into compost. The tapered shape of the bin compresses the compost as it forms, encouraging the worms to the surface, which makes the hungry bin more efficient than other systems. This also ensures that worms don't have to be separated from the finished castings, which are then collected in an easily removable container. 

Says Omlet’s Johannes Paul, “The beauty of Hungry Bin’s continuous flow system is that it's so simple to use. It’s like a slice of a worm’s natural habitat in the soil. Hungry bin makes composting effortless as there’s no lifting of heavy stacking trays and worm compost is the best there is.”

Says Low Impact’s Ben Bell, Inventor and designer of hungry bin, “The whole idea of hungry bin is to make a slow and messy process normally associated with hard work as simple as possible. Our customers have achieved amazing results in New Zealand and I’m sure that the customers in the UK will find the same thing.”

Hungry Bin is available to order directly from, or by calling 0845 450 2056, priced from £175. 
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