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About Andrew Staib

In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them. Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind. I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden. I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.

Garden Design- The wild wild west Sussex

Sussex Prairie Gardens- The wild west on our doorstep Decades ago, when Pauline met Paul, a Scotsman tending the Commonwealth War Graves in the Somme, she not only met the unequivocal love of her life, but their union began an adventure into the horticultural world of Prairie flora that has dazzled the south of England for the last 10 years. With 35,000 plants it is Britain’s largest Prairie or ‘Naturalistic’ gardens. They travelled through Europe designing people’s gardens until a billionaire businessman in Luxembourg commissioned them to design his garden. He took on board Piet Oldorf as an advisor, the [...]

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Garden design on Clay soils -Make clay your best friend.

Gardening on Clay soils -Make clay your best friend. When I visit people in their gardens for a design consultation they often look at me with despair in their eyes, and apologetically admit they have Clay Soil. For most people clay soil is the bane of their gardening lives, limiting the type of plants they can grow, flooding in the Winter and cracking up in the Summer. But do not loose hope! There are ways to work with clay and get the best out of it, as well as skirting round the problem. What actually is clay? You know if [...]

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Parham gardens- continuing to Experiment with Garden Design

Parham House and Gardens Head Gardener Tom Brown embodies Parham, well built, welcoming and always on the creative move. For ten years now he has managed and upgraded Parham gardens, part of the 875 acre site in which the 16th Century Manor House comfortably sits. The gardens pre date the house, vegetable growing activities recorded there as early as the 15th Century when it was owned by the monks of Westminster. Hiding behind the Downs, the gardens are protected by the worst of the South Westerly winds and has good free draining soil that has benefitted from hundreds of years [...]

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Designing a White Garden

Since publishing my article in the April Edition on John Brookes, he has died on the 16th March. I was lucky enough to interview him and meet this pioneer of garden design. His garden at Denmans is now run by a trust and will be opening in June. Creating a White Garden In the 1930’s Vita Sackville-West began to renovate the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle. She became famous for her newspaper columns on what was possible to do with plants and different spaces. She created many outdoor ‘rooms’ in her own garden, including The White Garden’. This has inspired designers [...]

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John Brooks- legend of Garden Design

Garden Designer John Brooks MBE- A West Sussex Treasure John is sitting in the large kitchen of his home called the Clock House, a converted stable block set in Denmans, a garden he has fashioned for 37 years and opened to the public each year. Glass doors reveal a small, light filled terrace with strong shaped plants and a large palm tree. Gwendolyn van Paasschen, an American designer and the chairman of the John Brookes Denmans Foundation, is with us as well. She has known and worked with John for 20 years and has for the last two and half [...]

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March into your Vegetable Patch

March into your Vegetable Patch March is the biggest month for sowing your seeds. If you haven’t already done so you can dig in some well rotted manure into your veg beds and sprinkle some fertilzer and potash onto the soil and then gentle rake it in. Not too much or your little seed may burn when they are first put in. You can put in leeks and parsnips, spinach, peas and braccias directly outdoor. If you don’t have a lot of greenhouse or indoor space you can wait till April and May and buy plug plants that have already [...]

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Garden Design-Revamping your garden for Spring

Revamping your garden for Spring This time of year reminds me of that Wind in the Willows quote: “Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” February is a great time for taking a long hard look at your garden in preparation for the longing of nature to explode and shout out its colourful longings. Asking some simple questions with some gardening principles in hand will help you create a stunning Spring garden. Garden Focal Points In [...]

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Garden design for Winter

When you look out your window how does your garden look this Winter? It is full of colourful berries and brightly stemmed shrubs, the bark of selected winter trees, interesting structures like internal hedges and topiary plus colourful evergreens peppered amongst winter branches? If not you might like to read on. A Winter Garden can be a thing of great beauty. As the cold and the lack of sunlight have denuded the garden and the rich juice of Summer has retreated into roots and trunks and bulbs, the bare bones of a garden can give a deep sense of artistry [...]

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Highdown Chalk Garden Design Worthing

Highdown- Heritage Garden at our Doorstep Highdown Garden in Worthing is one of the best green secrets in the Sussex. It is the biggest and finest chalk garden in the UK with wonderful tree and shrub specimens and a mecca for anyone who wants to know what they can grow if their garden is chalky and therefore alkaline. It is also a very atmospheric garden, a labyrinth of small and larger spaces with different levels including a fish pond, a larger pond at the foot of the chalk cliff and lawn areas for children. Originally the area was a lime [...]

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Garden Design- Dahlia delights

Dahlia Magic- The Largest Dahlia Collection in the UK on your doorstop Tucked away just outside Storrington along Fryern Rd is an amazing feat of horticulture -the UK’s largest Dahlia collection. Run by the very passionate couple Phillip Godsmark and Mary-Ann Joyce, they grow literally thousands of Dahlias each year from seeds and tubers. If you pass by in your car, or the local bus (Phillip swears that he has noticed more people sit on the side his farm is on so they can marvel) you will see fields of multi coloured blooms. Though they grow mainly for cut flowers, [...]

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