Week 2 –
have looked at your garden / window box / courtyard and begun to consider what
you have / what you have to leave / and what is definitely going – time to
think about inspiration….
will it come from – do you have specific ideas or problem areas you want to
- Worn grass
- Old plants
- Dead branches
- Crumbling walls / fencing
- Disposal – what do you need to get rid of – how and when?
your children looking for from a garden?
they want now?
will they want in a few years’ time and between now and then…?
will you need in a few years’ time – do you need to think about mobility?
- Are there particular things that are you looking to achieve?
- How green do you want to be?
- Is water conservation important?
- How much time and effort can you
allocate to looking after the garden?
- What about wildlife – what birds and
insects would you like to bring to your garden?
- Can you ask them to list what they would like – in an ideal world –
- Talk to them about what might be possible and what might be a little
- If you are working in parallel with your parents / friends / colleagues
– you in your garden, them in theirs what are they looking for?
your favorite gardens or elements within a garden?
type of garden are you aiming for? – water garden or with significant water
features / will any buildings stay or be built / constructed – how do you feel
about adopting green roofs?
- “Homework” – create a mood board – either online or as a hardcopy –
pictures and ideas that you like, and you want to adopt in your garden. Find
pictures in magazines, images online or from your own pictures, holidays or
gardens from other houses and places where you have lived.
- Get Creative – think of the focus & themes that could run through
the garden – whether they be particular materials, species, colours or themes
adopted from other cultures, times or locations.
choice has never been wider soil, plants, green roofs, decking, hard
landscaping – beds, water features, rockeries and buildings, sitting areas and
that’s if you are staying conventional. Using your imagination can open up all
sorts of possibilities and scale needn’t be a factor – miniature gardens and
Japanese bonsai is just one example of something a little different.
would love to see your ideas so please send in your ideas, images or
inspiration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To help here are some other resources to help with your ideas:
there are some specific articles on our blog covering all sorts of subjects:
less water – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=use+less+water
Attracting Butterflies – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=butterflies
for dog-owners: – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=lawns+for+dogs
Gardens – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=front+gardens
Bark – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=bark
wildlife – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=attract+wildlife
Green Roofs : – https://www.turfonline.co.uk/blog/?s=green+roofs