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.
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 !
It’s been a chaotic but good couple of months, hence, leaving me with no time to put anything on my blog. I have been shooting for the National Trust Magazine in Belfast, Northumberland, Norwich and Dorset for a Craftsperson feature that will be out this Autumn; The Gardens at Melplash Court, Dorset and Dieramas in Devon for Gardens Illustrated; A couple of stunning Arne Maynard Gardens for a new series in Gardens Illustrated for 2011; Toby Buckland’s Flower Gardens of Greenacre book which will be out later this year along with his regular features in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine; New plants and roses at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows for Gardeners’ World; A Shingle Garden in Pevensey Bay for Coast Magazine; Exmouth Mussels and Fidget Pie for Countryfile magazine and Head Gardeners’ at Lytes Cary, Grey’s Court and Nymans for an English Garden Magazine series that will be running in 2011. I even found time for a cricket game playing for Gardeners’ World against River cottage in Devon
Here are a few tear sheets from recently published work