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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.

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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Designing a Garden Potager

Designing your Potager Garden Form as well as function. You can transform your vegetable area this Summer by thinking of the concept of the Potage Garden. This style is a combination of the English cottage garden where both edible and non edibles co exist with the French love of geometry and romantic flair. The Potager garden had its zenith in 17th Century France where vegetable gardens became more formal and introduced a stronger asthethic of formal paths, geometric shapes and the choosing of plants for their colour and form, not just their everyday edible function. Herbs rubbed shoulders with Roses, [...]

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Designing a Graceful Garden- Letting Plants Sing

Designing a Graceful Garden- Letting Plants Sing As a garden designer I am often called in to renovate a garden that has become tired or stultified. Two problem elements often stand out for me. The first is that plants are not in the right place. This leads to owners having to prune them to size on a regular bases. If you are wanting a tight, formal look to your garden this can work out well if the right plant for controlled pruning has been chosen. However, plants are just normally hacked back because they are too big for the allotted [...]

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How to Design a Small Garden

Garden Design Ideas for the Small Garden Having a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t have a feast of colour and foliage shape all through the year. Of course your garden design has to be ingenious and well thought out and it is helpful if you know the tricks that can be employed to make your space feel lush and inviting. People ask me what is the hardest garden to design and I always answer the small garden. Everything has to be perfect. If a shrub or tree gets too big or a line of sight is not right the [...]

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Leonardslee Gardens to Open this April

This April, Leonarslee Gardens will open after a year's closure. For acid plant lovers it is akin to Willy Wonka flinging open his gates. To find my full article please read after the photos. Leonardslee Gardens To Open Again The greatest woodland garden in the UK is set to reopen in West Sussex with an excitement for nature lovers akin to Willy Wonka opening up his doors. With spectacular displays of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Leonardslee is world famous. Andrew Staib, principle garden designer for Glorious Gardens Sussex, goes on a tour of the gardens with Head Gardener, Ray Abrahams. For [...]

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Appreciating your Garden- the spiritual dimension

BEING in our Garden As a garden designer I try to create meaningful spaces for people. An intimate seating area, abundant colour combinations or a calm glade. Each place that I apply my attention to needs to serve different functions and some of those functions are often not just physical but spiritual. For example, a path might be needed to get a person from A to B. But alongside that function one can create a mini life journey for a client: a curved path that slows our walking pace to help us calm down, a beautiful focal point like a [...]

By |2019-03-02T11:34:39+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Appreciating your Garden- the spiritual dimension

Designing a Traditional English Garden

The English Cottage Garden An English Cottage Garden - the very words put one into a dreamy, scented state of relaxation. Informal borders and winding paths, eccentric wheelbarrow sculptures, veg patches and roses drapped over every fence and up every tree- a Tom’s Midnight Garden for every plant lover. Like a local cafe, the most common garden we are asked to design is a Full Traditional English. Yet I ask people in quite a lot of detail what they mean as this can mean many things to different people. Do they want ornamental grasses? Topiary? A fountain in a formal [...]

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How to Design a Vegetable Garden

STARTING YOUR OWN VEGETABLE PATCH It’s not too late for this year! Go on- do it! Having your own veggie patch is more wonderful and miraculous than any technological device you could buy. Mud, drenched in sunlight, is woven suddenly into bright green beans, rich yellow potatoes, bright red tomatoes. It is an alchemy that is the essence of life itself and you can participate in it. After three decades of gardening I am still amazed when the first carrot leaves appear. Where did all that delicate green foliage come from? And deep into the ground the golden flesh travels [...]

By |2019-03-02T11:25:39+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on How to Design a Vegetable Garden

How to Design a Vegetable Garden

STARTING YOUR OWN VEGETABLE PATCH It’s not too late for this year! Go on- do it! Having your own veggie patch is more wonderful and miraculous than any technological device you could buy. Mud, drenched in sunlight, is woven suddenly into bright green beans, rich yellow potatoes, bright red tomatoes. It is an alchemy that is the essence of life itself and you can participate in it. After three decades of gardening I am still amazed when the first carrot leaves appear. Where did all that delicate green foliage come from? And deep into the ground the golden flesh travels [...]

By |2019-03-02T11:21:54+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on How to Design a Vegetable Garden