Tuesday 24th April, 2012
Last week I saw my all time planting hero Piet Oudolf speaking in Leeds. He’s a Dutch garden designer and a leading figure in the ‘New Perennial’ planting movement. I’m a bit of a fan. I knew it was slightly embarrassing but I took one of his books with me and a black pen. If I can stalk Jarvis Cocker so successfully then Piet should be a doddle.
Wednesday 11th April, 2012
Today I met with my lovely friend Katie Guillebaud and her husband Alex in Taddington. The drive there was so breathtaking, I had forgotten how beautiful the Cotswolds are. They live at Taddington Manor where Alex runs Architectural Heritage who provide absolutely stunning period and reproduction garden ornament.
Katie is a fantastic garden designer and I wanted to pick her brains as she has loads of show garden experience at Chelsea. She gave me tons of advice over lunch, particularly about planting. When I left she filled my car boot with Miscanthus and Sanguisorba menziesii… a garden designer’s party bag!