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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.

Hillside Landscaping: Concerns & Solutions

A home looking over a sloping garden can offer stunning views and be a prime reason why you bought the house. However, landscaping a sloping garden requires different considerations compared to an area of flat land. Water run-off, soil erosion and soil integrity can be some of the problems which need to be addressed for successful gardening on sloping grounds. Remember the View If one of the primary reasons you bought a house was for the view then you want to make sure you maintain that view in your landscaping plans. Take the time to carefully position all new planting [...]

By |2020-04-08T12:39:08+01:00April 8th, 2020|Blog, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Hillside Landscaping: Concerns & Solutions

Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

The gentle buzz of the bee in the garden is a quintessential spring and summer sound. By pollinating plants and fruit they also provide gardeners an invaluable service while they flit between flowers. However, the number of bees in the UK has seen a dramatic decline in recent times, a fact which should concern us all.  When landscaping your garden or when planning this year’s planting scheme, there are a number of ways to help attract these vital pollinators. Image by shell_ghostcage from Pixabay  Planting Native Species First and foremost, you will want to grow a variety of plants which can provide nectar [...]

By |2020-04-02T17:10:49+01:00April 1st, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Garden Art, Insects|Comments Off on Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

Creating a Contemporary Garden Design

If your home has the clean and minimalist design of the modern home, you’ll be looking for a garden that reflects that style.  After all, the garden is an outdoor space connecting us to nature, but also providing an extension of the home in which to relax and entertain. It should be personal yet connect with the surrounding landscape -- while offering a level of gardening maintenance that suits your lifestyle. With thoughtful use in planting and garden fixtures, you can include colour and warmth to a contemporary garden design.   Planting to Add Warmth Modern design often employs stone [...]

By |2020-03-25T08:56:28+00:00March 18th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Creating a Contemporary Garden Design

The Japanese Garden

This classic garden provides a calm refuge with natural elements that encourage contemplation and symbolize renewal, wonder, and beauty.  Stones are symbols of longevity and the ever-present forces of nature, providing the garden with an anchor. With stones, we can create a landscape for cascading water, with small hills, a stream, and a pond. Image by Drobek226 from Pixabay Water symbolizes continuity with the hereafter. Cascading water, streams and ponds with koi or carp fish providing a flash of gold colour. The cascades also have a practical purpose, as clear, circulating water helps keep the air fresh during summer months. [...]

By |2020-03-25T08:50:34+00:00March 10th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on The Japanese Garden

Designing Your Dream Cottage Garden

For many of us, the image of the cottage garden with its warm colours, its links to a time gone by, and its self-sufficiency is idyllic. Yet this style of garden is in reach of us all, however small or large the plot. While the romantic image of the cottage garden may have certain defining features, the beauty within the design is there are no rules. With a little planning and minimal upkeep you can create the garden of your dreams. Features of a Cottage Garden This traditional style of garden was born out of practicality and most people will [...]

By |2020-02-20T07:59:36+00:00February 20th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Designing Your Dream Cottage Garden

Garden Planning? Consider Sand & Gravel

By planning our gardens with sustainability in mind, we help to preserve natural resources and take some of the pressure off the natural environment. Thoughtful landscaping can encourage wildlife, reduce water use, prevent soil erosion and reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and pesticides.  By planning with nature in mind you can use the plants and materials which best utilise your garden plot while also best helping the natural environment. Sand and gravel are two of the more commonly used materials in garden design and with a little thought to how you employ them and their source you can make [...]

By |2020-02-12T14:24:57+00:00February 12th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art|Comments Off on Garden Planning? Consider Sand & Gravel

Small Trees for the Garden

Trees add so much character to a garden. The abundant varieties of trees and shrubs available means even the smallest of gardens can enjoy the pleasures trees add to any plot.  However, research is key to finding the best trees for your garden, the varieties best suited for your garden space and soil, plus the amount of sunlight the garden receives. Consider the height a tree will reach as it matures and how this will affect the rest of the garden and any nearby buildings. Think about what you want from the tree, as perhaps you may want it for [...]

By |2020-01-08T10:16:49+00:00January 8th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Small Trees for the Garden

Rare plants man- Garden Design

The Rare Plants Man When he could hardly move around his Henfield back garden, Steve Law’s decided to relocate his nursery of Rare Plants. With a generous start up grant from one of his gardening clients, Miss Green, he moved to Small Dole in 2011 and built a whole succession of sheds, polytunnels and raised beds to commit to his passion- rare plants. He is still moved today when he talks about the help Miss Green gave him. “She was 97 and loved her plants. I couldn’t have done it without her”. Working as a gardener half the week, he [...]

By |2020-05-12T11:06:31+01:00November 14th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Rare plants man- Garden Design