The Garden Company team is grateful for another successful business year and very happy to send a Christmas donation once again to Perennial, the charity dedicated to people who work or worked in horticulture and are facing tough times. We know that this wonderful charity makes a real difference to peoples’ lives and we are proud to be a Perennial Partner.
Looking back over 2018, it’s been ‘a good one’ business-wise. Our highlights have been:
- Building lots of exciting projects, both to our own designs and for other professional designers too. We’ve been very busy, and we know that our culture of quality and teamwork has been vitally important. On one memorable day we mustered a Garden Company team of around 12 of us to plant up a scheme in Sarratt in Hertfordshire – a beautiful location with views over the Chess Valley (and luckily the rain stayed away!).
- Finding out that The Garden Company has been shortlisted for two SGD (Society of Garden Design) Awards. Now in their seventh year, the SGD Awards are designed to recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the garden design profession. They are the only Awards dedicated solely to landscape and garden design in the UK. Being nominated as finalists is wonderful recognition not just for our own teams but also for our suppliers – and so a special mention and thank you to London Stone, CED Natural Stone, Coles Nurseries, Rochford Gardens, Greentech Ltd and JC Wildflowers. We are looking forward to a great night out at the Awards Ceremony on Feb 1 next year, whatever the results! The shortlisted Garden Company projects are Laurel Cottage in Northwest London and The Threshing Barn in Hertfordshire – pictured below, with more images and information available on our website.
- Partnering with other professional designers, including Julie Toll, Ian Kitson, Taylor Tripp, Peter Reader, Andrew Wenham , Sarah Jarman and Anna Murphy (Jarman Murphy). For many years we have built gardens for other designers and I find the results as satisfying as building our own designs. These collaborations have been a very important part of my professional development over the years. Working with and seeing how others tackle the design process is fascinating. In return, I think we are able to add additional value as a contractor due to our understanding of the challenges that designers and contractors face in delivering projects that delight our clients. I have known Anna Murphy and Sarah Jarman for a while and it was a pleasure to build our first garden with them this year. Their design restored a lovely old walled garden creating a beautifully tranquil space. I’m pleased to include a couple of images provided by Sarah and Anna here:
There have also been a number of very enjoyable industry events this year, including Perennial’s Festival Dinner (image below) and the opportunity to join the judging panel for Pro Landscaper’s inaugural ‘Small Project BIG IMPACT’ Award at Futurescape. This Award process celebrated top-quality projects produced for under £20,000. In my experience, small projects can be just as rewarding as bigger ones – and sometimes even more challenging! The quality of work and creativity underpinning all of the shortlisted entries was impressive, setting a high standard for entrants in future years to come
Looking ahead to 2019, we have plans to grow the business further and ‘hit 2020 running’ in 12 months’ time – this will make our focus on quality, staff development and great communication with clients and business partners more important than ever.
I would like to close with a huge personal thankyou to our valued Garden Company clients, team members and business partners for your continued support and loyalty throughout 2018. And – of course – we wish everybody a fantastic Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!
If you’re looking for landscape design services for next year across the UK – or are based in the South-East and need construction or aftercare/maintenance services, we’d love to hear from you on 01442-832666.
For more information about the valuable work that the charity Perennial does, please visit http://perennial.org.uk/