Garden House Design’s Camargue Terrace Cover to feature in Squire’s Show Garden

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The Camargue Louvered Roof Terrace Cover features in the Squire's 80th Anniversary Garden

Garden House Design are delighted to announce that as part of this years’ RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, we are proud to sponsor one of our favourite products, a Camargue® Louvered Roof Terrace Cover, to feature in The Squire’s 80th Anniversary Garden. This year Squire’s Garden Centres are celebrating 80 years of the joy of gardening and their 26th show garden at Hampton Court!

Award-winning designer Catherine MacDonald has created a suburban garden for a couple with grown up children who are looking for an unusual design for their linear, rectangular garden.  The brief is to include an entertaining space with a sense of relaxation, an area of lush lawn, as well as practical space. It is in this entertaining space that the Camargue® Louvered Roof Terrace Cover will feature. The whole area will feel private and enveloping with a modern design scheme. The planting is soft and structural, using a warm Summer colour palette of whites, reds, oranges and yellows.

Equally exciting is that the Camargue® featured in the garden will be on display at the Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford, near Godalming this summer, where visitors will be able to view it in more detail and enquire about their very own Camargue® Louvered Roof Terrace Cover.

The Camargue® Louvered Roof Terrace Cover is an innovative aluminium terrace cover, equipped with rotating aluminium blades, creating adjustable sun protection and/or ventilation as required through the use of a handy remote control. When closed, the blades form a waterproof roof and during showers, concealed water channels drain rainwater away from the roof and out through the legs. A rain sensor is fitted to the Camargue® and upon detection of rain the roof automatically closes, making it the perfect solution for the British climate. Dimmable lights also feature in the roof meaning the outdoors can still be enjoyed even as the natural light fades. This isn’t where the innovation ends though – Camargue® terrace covers are infinitely customisable to your taste, add retractable side blinds, louvered wooden side panels, glass sliding doors and even heat and sound.

What’s more the Camargue® can be wall-mounted or free-standing and comes in a range of sizes.

Can’t make it to Squire’s Milford? Contact us for more info – just quote ‘Squire’s’   01903 774 774

Garden House Design to build Crabtree & Evelyn Show Garden

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Crabtree and Evelyn – The Botanical Studio Show Garden

Garden House Design are delighted to reveal that they have been commissioned to build the Crabtree & Evelyn show garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year. The show garden, titled The Botanical Studio, and designed by award winning garden designer Jade Goto, takes its inspiration from the traditional ‘Still Room’.

Still rooms existed at a time when the garden played an integral role in daily life – a time when fresh flowers, herbs and fruits from gardens and orchards were distilled to make fragrant waters for the bath and soothing essences for the skin while fruit preserves were also created to brighten the winter larder. Crabtree & Evelyn still model themselves on this, the early home apothecary, or ‘still room’. Long before the natural and wellness movement became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world, introducing product ranges made with fruit, flower and plant essences.

The aroma from one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s fragrances or body products, are a carefully crafted blend of top, heart and base notes. This concept is brought to life in The Botanical Studio Garden through tiers that display the type of ingredients found at each of these stages. It’s as if you are walking through the scent itself.

Scented pathways take visitors on a fragrant journey, set out to reveal the perfume-inspiring qualities of flowers and botanicals used in Crabtree & Evelyn products.
The garden will be planted in stepped tiers reflecting the base, heart and top notes of classic perfumery creation. Raised planters of singular species temporarily tame the abundant nature of fragrant notes, allowing the viewer to stop and inhale the essence of each scent. This mono-planting is inspired by the perfume fields of Grasse in Provence.

At the garden’s heart sits a stunning glass botanical studio, inspired by the traditional still room where a Crabtree & Evelyn perfumer will be practising their art.

Garden House Design are no stranger to RHS Shows having so far received 5 RHS medals for their construction of show gardens over the past few years. Passionate landscapers and horticulturists, the team at Garden House Design are enthusiastically working behind the scenes to prepare for what will hopefully be their 6th RHS medal winning show garden.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place between the 5th and 10th of July.

APL World Skills Finals – 2014

APL World Skills Finals – 2014

13 November 2014


We are very proud to be part of this exciting WorldSkills programme encourgaging more talented youngesters into our industry. Rod, one of our Directors is one of the judges so is delighted to be right in the thick of things!

And they are off!

APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show


The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title.

After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show Big Celebration Event on Saturday evening.

The finalists Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will be scored in every aspect of landscape design including:

  • Planning and marking out, including height measurements.
  • Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with  flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.
  • Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.
  • Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.

Judges for the competition include garden designer Jody Lidgard, who has run his own landscaping firm for over 18 years, award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design and 2011 WorldSkillsUK Silver medal winner Simon Abbott.

As well as the competition, the APL will be hosting a showcase area where visitors will be able to view demonstrations on how to do paving, how to lay deck board and how to plant and stake a tree.  Visitors will be invited to “Have a Go” at planting their own border with the help of Garden on a Roll with the most creative border winning a prize.

The APL would like to thank sponsors Greenwood Nursery, Greenline Plants, Makita UK, Jewsons, Marshalls and Suttons Seeds for their support for the show.

The APL is the organising partner for the Landscape Gardening section of the WorldSkills UK competition.  The aim of the competition is to inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.  Entering the competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career, build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

For more information visit

APL Media Office
Tel: 0118 930 3132