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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.

Designing your garden in Autumn

Designing your garden this Autumn Autumn is the best time to design your garden, to give it a re vamp and to rigorously look your outdoor space and make some creative changes. As we have had such a warm Autumn so far you can still see the echoes of Summer planting, late summer and Autumn growth i going strong, and as the weather gets colder and as you clear away more and more of this year’s debris, the underlining lines and shapes of the garden will reveal themselves. We beg our own garden design clients to start the garden design [...]

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Transforming your garden in Autumn

Designing your garden this Autumn Autumn is the best time to design your garden! You can still see the echoes of Summer planting, late summer and Autumn growth is still often going strong, and as the weather gets colder and as you clear away more and more of this year’s debris, the underlining lines and shapes of the garden reveal themselves. We beg our own garden design clients to start the garden design process in the Autumn! If you start now you can have all the time you need to spend the Autumn assessing what worked in the Summer, what [...]

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Using Bulbs in your Garden Design

Using Bulbs in your Garden Design Now is the Time to plant Bulbs! Nothing heralds Spring with greater brass band fanfare than bulbs. Just when you thought the world would never again turn to the sunnier side of the universe out come the bulbs. Most try to get up and out into the light before the trees have come into leaf so you can make maximum advantage of this by trying to plant bulbs in combination with other ones. This year why not be a bit bolder in your choice of bulbs and the amount you plant. Below are some [...]

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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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