(see also Gardens to visit and Gardening)
Perhaps you have an opportunity now to make an entirely new garden, or just to give your present one a make-over, or simply to make a few improvements that you have longed to make, or to help someone to do so. If you really get into it, there is so much to learn about growing things - about growing conditions, plants, their care, and so on: there is no shortage of sources of information about the theory.
Garden designers: local/regional/specialist
Society of Garden Designers, Ross-on-Wye. firstname.lastname@example.org; tel 01989 566695
Gardens Illustrated always contains a Design Directory, which includes advertisements of designers (which can also be found in local papers and magazines), together with a list of garden designers working in particular parts of the country.
See Directory of garden designers (www.gardendesign-u.com).
Local designers include:
Firth Gardens, www.firthgardens.co.uk, tel 020 7602 4099 Siobhan Prager, Tel 020 8998 5682
Wendy Robinson, www.wendyrobinson.co.uk,
Tel 07931 337 496
Julia Tenison, email@example.com, tel 020 8995 5870
Gardening contractors: local/’regional/specialist
Sherlock Landscapes is a small family company working in London and Surrey: see http://www.sherlocklandscapes.co.uk/default.html, for photographs of a selection of their work
London Gardens, www.londongardens.net, tel 020 8742 2733
John Leslie, W6, www.johnlesliegardens.com, tel 0020 7381 5600
Wellscapes, tel 01784 642639
Kiwi Landscapes, W13, www.kiwilandscapes.com, tel 07931 736 565
Tilia Landscapes, tel 07949 610 071
Alpha Garden Ltd, Ealing, www.alphgarden.com, tel 020 8997 6628
Hammersmith & Chiswick Landscapes, www.hclandscapes.co.uk,
tel 020 7602 7485
Cutting hedge, www.cutting-hedge.com, tel 0781 080 5745 or
0208 567 5021
Greendotgardens.co.uk, tel 0207 062 0384
- see under Garden Designers above.
Garden Centres: local
Ginkgo Garden Centre, Ravenscourt Avenue, London W6 0SL;
Tel 020 8563 7112; www.ginkgogardens.co.uk.
B&Q ‘Mini Warehouse’. Chiswick Roundabout, London W4 5QL; tel 020 8995 8028; www.diy.com.
Homebase, Western Circus, Western Avenue, Acton, London W3 7XX; tel 020 8740 9114; www.homebase.co.uk.
Syon Park Garden Centre, Syon Park, Brentford, London TW8 8JG; tel 020 8568 0134. www.gardening-uk.co.uk
The Half Price Pot Shop, 88 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6; tel 020 7602 2240.
The Palm House, Ham