I am very excited to be talking at The Gardens Illustrated Festival on Saturday 18th April at 2pm in The Assembly Hall, Malmesbury. There are loads of fantastic speakers over the weekend and a marquee full of top exhibitors, not to be missed.
This is the most romantic of gardens with a fantastic plantsman’s nursery attached to it. The home of Louisa and James Arbuthnott near Kidderminster which has been created since they bought the Gardener’s Cottage and walled garden in 1974. This appeared in the July 2012 issue of Gardens Illustrated and was also the cover.
I was lucky enough to cover a shoot at Scampston Walled Garden a couple of years ago for Country Living Magazine. This wonderful garden is set within the walls of the original kitchen garden for Scampston Hall. The garden was derelict for nearly fifty years when Sir Charles and Lady Legard started a huge restoration project with the help of garden designer, Piet Oudolf. This garden looks stunning during late summer and well worth the visit to North Yorkshire.
I am very happy as I have just had my portfolio submission put through as a finalist for International Garden Photographer of the Year. The work will be on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on May 14th 2011. There will be follow on exhibitions through to 2012 at Wakehurst Place, Lacock Abbey, Ironbridge, Shropshire and Exeter.
The work titled “The hands that pick the food that I eat” was shot as a personal project after completing a similar commission for a chain of garden centres.
This feature appeared in Gardens Illustrated in December 2010. I have already posted something about this shoot earlier in my blog as it is a particularly good example of a plant profile for a magazine. For these profiles to work successfully it usually takes several visits and a very good relationship between photographer and nursery. I think I must have visited New Leaf Plants about 6 times over the period of 3-4 months, sometimes only shooting one variety. Everytime a new variety was ready to be shot I would be given a call and off down the motorway to capture it. All these pictures have been taken in polytunnels with the aid of clamps, twine, diffusers and reflectors, so when the article is finally published and I can look at the pictures again, I actually forget the work that has gone into producing them and can enjoy the photographs for what they are, beautiful winter flowers !
This is a small selection of images from a shoot I covered at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. The gardens will be looking fantastic now so well worth a visit, so much Winter interest you will probably want a couple of days.