What’s in a name?

Thursday 12th April, 2012

I have found two nurseries in the north west who may be able to supply me some show quality plants for June. It’s a miracle!

I didn’t exactly find them myself… Richard Sneesby, my tutor who I spoke to earlier in the week, gave me the details of his friend Paul Richards, a garden designer based in the north west who has designed some beautiful show gardens. I emailed him with my usual “help me please I don’t know what I’m doing…” and he sent me a lovely email in return, warning me that I would have many sleepless nights ahead, offering me any further advice I may need, and providing me with details of two good nurseries, one Ladybrook Nursery in Bramhall where I am to speak with Janine, and the other Brentwood Moss Nursery near Irlam where I am to speak with Catherine. And I’m to mention his name.

So I do… and tomorrow I’m meeting Catherine and on Monday I’m meeting Janine. I am now over my one week deadline and really hoping that the RHS grant my wish to have my deadline extended until Monday. I can’t write a planting list without knowing what the nursery will have available and I haven’t got all my costs yet. Oh yes, and I still have to do a presentation sketch and plan for the garden and find a name for it!

I keep thinking of names, snorting derisively and abandoning them.  Reflections, Transitions, Contemplation, The Journey, A Place to Think. I have worked hard to keep the design full of subtle references to the theatre and hope that it will not come across as heavy handed. I want it to truly work as a garden. All other messages can be layered over this garden. It is a theatre with a stage yes, but it is most definitely a garden. So I’m going to call it Life Stages.

This is very different to working as a landscape architect, which I also love, but this feels so much closer to theatre design. It’s so direct and hands on. I’m meeting so many lovely people and I’m really excited about this happening.

I think I might be enjoying myself!

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