No 2


Welcome to the second newsletter from 1-2-1 Garden Design Ltd.
I heard from a marketing guru recently that Newsletters run out of steam after the third!

I hope this won’t be the case but I did wonder who this Newsletter is aimed at. I decided that it should be interesting for both the 1-2-1 client and the 1-2-1 contractor.
For the client it could be that it is interesting looking at the type of gardens that end up as 1-2-1 gardens.

To this end there are a few
pictures of gardens as they are when I arrive to design them.
It’s amazing what some of you will put up with before finally, unable to look at it any longer, you decide to do something about it.
Good on you when you get in touch.

As for the contractors, I hope the designs that are produced by the 1-2-1 design, are more
challenging than anything you may have dreamt up.

It does mean though that you must follow the design carefully, as I’m often not around to give you any guidance.

Here we go then – get reading……



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This one springs to mind as a frequent contender. There isn’t much here so it can be quite exciting rather than daunting, to know that anything is possible. The garden here was all about enjoying alfresco dining and entertaining. This will be featured in a further newsletter by Terry Townsend from Gardening Matters (website in progress).

Perhaps a more typical garden for a 1-2-1 makeover – previous owner’s ideas are never the same as your own - so it is quickly realised that something needs to be done. Because it is such a small space, all the garden is up for grabs. This will be built before Christmas 2018 by

Finally, this garden is quite a challenge. A survey was carried out prior to any visit where I will design the garden. It comes under the new category of Option 3 with detailing. Levels can be scary and here there is an overall rise from the house of 8 metres. Watch this space.


Global Gardens - Andy, Phil and Bas

Phil Downham from Global gardens  built this garden in Plumpton back in 2016.

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'A Realistic Design Ethic for the 21st Century. Discuss?' from 'BALI Who's Who Landscape Directory 2017/2018'

'The rounded tops on the corners are supposed to look good but also have a function of preventing the hose being dragged over the plants when watering'

The garden was divided in two, where a timber pergola down the centre was the dividing line.

The utilities on the left, were made up of a vegetable garden and workshop complete with shed, fruit cage, chicken run and greenhouse.

On the right, the leisure side was made up of a sitting area, lawn, planting borders and a pond. It made for a satisfactory solution to please all tastes and aspirations within the household and it was surprising how much can be fitted into a garden if there is a design to work from.

All the planning was done by myself and the client together before any construction work started. This is at the heart of the 1-2-1 service.

Amusingly the greenhouse lines up with the kitchen sink and the lawn and patio are reached via stepping stones over a pond from the sitting room. built this garden in the summer of 2017. It would now classify as an option 3 where the garden is larger than 400 square metres. Still designed within a day with the client, it is slightly more expensive at five units.

Unusually the front garden was taken up with the vegetable garden and car parking and the back garden with the lawn and wild long grass.

Nick Milne from Emperor Landscapes

It’s early days, as the metal seat looks a bit stark amongst the young apple trees. Give it time it will look every bit as romantic as the most well established garden.

Client's reaction to the 1-2-1 garden design service:

'I thoroughly enjoyed being totally involved in the design process right from the start. Nigel did a very good job of interpreting exactly what I wanted.  Would definitely recommend the 1-2-1 process.'


Have a look at this if you’re not sure what a 1-2-1 garden design involves.

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