Our homes are an extension of our personalities, our dreams and aspirations and these traits should flow through to outdoor surroundings, enabling us to live outdoors without leaving our home. Are you a keen foodie? For planting ideas consider including your vegetables and herbs in the garden close to your kitchen or BBQ area. No need to harness them in a special ...
As majority of British gardens peak in May and June it’s now time to start thinking about late summer planting. A new colour palette of autumnal flowers and foliage can help to keep gardens looking stunning until late October. A wide range of hardy, autumn flowering Perennials can help keep your garden alive. Here are our top five, all of them are AGM (Award of Garden Merit) winners, assurin...
Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Lifestyle Centre (BOS) lies nestled amongst the green Waveney Valley in Wortwell and is run by Jody Lidgard. This year, by collaborating with a leading educational charity Montessori St Nicholas, Jody has brought home Gold, in his solo debut as a designer at RHS Chelsea Flowers Show 2019. Growing up in the urban landscape of Grimsby, Jody has always been attracted ...
The start of the year has been an amazingly busy and productive here at BOS, we are full steam ahead with planning what will see our 15th RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden build. This year we are delighted to be working alongside Jo Thompson, who has been asked by Wedgewood to design their garden for the show in May. A Chelsea Flower Show garden is a huge accolade for us and one which we take v...
In June the RHS held a flower show at Chatsworth which has been described as a show that broke gardening boundaries, blending tradition with unexpected, innovative design. Bespoke Outdoor Spaces worked with Jo Thompson to deliver her free form garden design, complete with a metal sculpture which appears to float over the River Derwent. Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin Investment Bank, it won the...
The Chris Evans Taste garden was designed by Jon & James Wheatley. Taking inspiration from Mary Berry, it used 50 species of the tastiest plants available. With just a 10m by 10m plot planting was compact and only used those that had edible parts, either flowers, seeds, roots or leaves. Traditional red brick paving not only looked good but made the plants accessible and a greenhouse was include...
World Skills Competitions - Jody Lidgard​ I have been around the World Skills community and the competition for the last 8 years and can think of no better vehicle to be involved with when it comes to developing and training vocational excellence in young people. I am a bit of an odd-bod in the sense that I divide my time between landscaping, teaching and training. Having an interest in ...
Article for Pro Landscaper Magazine April edition - Jody Lidgard Ok so now we have taken on a new employee, they have been inducted into the team and they are showing signs of wanting to take on more responsibilities and learn new skills on site. How do we go about giving them professional training that will cement them into the work force by quickly building up their core skills and compete...