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Adam S Bailey Garden Design
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There's lots of perks to being a #garden  designer, not least that shopping is an integral part of my job - I also get to go back and see the gardens we create a few months or years after they're finished. This project is one of our largest yet and with the superb team at Creative Landscapes is looking quite something. Elegant #design  combined with careful choice of plants and materials for a truly welcoming #family  garden
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2016-07-23
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Exactly 5 years on from submission of our final design proposals for #Cobtree  Manor Park in Maidstone and I'm pleased to see a lot of our ideas have been implemented. The network of paths has been installed and children can now whizz along resin bound pathways between avenues of trees where once there was one nothing but mud and grass.

The adventure playground has clearly received a much larger budget than we were allocated back then but looks very popular with the locals with its impressive new play fort. Woodland sculptures pop up between the trees and the whole park feels a lot more connected.

On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon the place was packed and it really has become a park for families to enjoy.
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2015-10-05
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It's often with a sense of trepidation that I return to a client's garden after a while, wondering whether or not they've been looking after it properly. Thankfully, for our #terraced  garden in #Sevenoaks  they certainly have and obviously share a great passion for plants and making sure the garden looks at its best. Considering this was only planted a few days before last Christmas (2014), it's displaying a fantastic range of colours and textures already.
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2015-07-23
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On a very warm, almost hot day in July, what better way to spend a few hours than to be carried along with the breeze through one of East Sussex's finest gardens? Great #Dixter   is an absolute must for any plant enthusiast and although the late Christopher #Lloyd  sadly no longer has final say over the vibrant plant mixes, the garden is still an excellent example of breaking the rules and being adventurous. The garden is now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.
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2015-07-07
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Progress on our Orpington garden is really coming on at the moment. The #resin  bound pathways make for a perfect, hard wearing solution for all feet and small wheeled vehicles like children's bikes whilst the pavilion and paving compliment each other in warm, inviting textures. The Millboard #deck  will soon become a focus for long evenings of looking out over the tree tops.

The first of the planting areas installed this week give a glimpse of the contemporary planting scheme which will unfold as we head into autumn later in the year.
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2015-06-20
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Visitors to the studio might see a few unusual #plants  if they make a visit at the moment. The old timbers of the granary make a good foil for Metasequoia 'Gold Rush' and the Tulbaghia 'Silver Lace whilst the Ginkgo biloba 'Broom with Tubes' is just downright quirky. Hopefully I can keep the almost white leaves of Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel' from getting scorched if I give it enough shade under the tree fern.
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2015-06-20
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Gotta love this plant, #Dicentra 'Goldheart'. Only a few weeks ago, nothing more than a few shoots in a pot outside the studio door. Now, it's a riot!
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Good job we start early at the studio. A client arrived with her contractor at 7.45am to discuss material samples and the start of another construction project. More clients arriving later this afternoon to talk about their own #garden and discuss the CAD drawings produced for every aspect of their new garden. It's definitely a busy Spring!
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A very busy start to the year as we continue with the construction phase of one of our largest #gardenprojects  in Orpington, Kent. Under the careful dedication of our main contractor, Creative Landscapes of Kemsing, #Sevenoaks  the garden is taking shape. 

The stunning patio of Lemon sawn and sandblasted #sandstone   compliments the stone-cladded retaining walls and the granite edged pathways will soon be finished with the highest quality resin bound paving for a beautifully stylish, contemporary look. 

The play area at the end of the garden will no doubt be a source of many hours of play and adventure with the in-ground trampoline, sports artificial grass surfacing and bespoke play house.

More photos to follow as the project progresses.
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2015-01-20
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On a recent trip back from the coast we detoured to Dungerness and I managed to find #Derek Jarman's #garden at Prospect Cottage. For me it's as close to a perfectly location sensitive garden as it's possible to get and although we missed the high flowering period a few months ago it is still quite spellbinding even though the light really was fading fast and the threat of storm clouds sat ominously above the bleak horizon, punctuated only by #Dungerness Power Station and electricity pylons.

The garden is very much part of the beach and the salvaged jumble of driftwood and wire artefacts collected by #Jarman before his death in 1994 beautifully weather under the exposed bleakness of the surrounding landscape. The planting is perfect, not contrived or forced and there is a simple rule - if it doesn't grow naturally, it's not supposed to be there. 

Jarman disliked modernism and this garden is all the more beautiful for it. There are so many gardens (inc many famous ones) I would love to change at least in some part but I wouldn't change a single part of his creation. It's twenty years since I was last there, I won't leave it so long next time...
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2014-08-21
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