10/03/08

are you a lazy gardener?

muddy boots or cocktail in hand?

Now that's a question we're dying to ask!

We're just putting the shine to our talk for a local gardening group. We have been invited to speak about twig and the overlap and integration between the work we do and the home and garden. It's really got us thinking about how we spend time in our gardens and how those needs are evolving.

Whilst we are fantastically focussed on design we were both brought up in gardening families and since then we have shared large, and small gardens where we have had a very hands on approach to gardening- keeping chickens, growing vegetables and fruit, propagating our own plants. (You get the picture- a touch of The Good Life?!)

It's typical of garden design, though, that many clients come to twig because they don't actually want the hard graft of gardening. More than anything they crave a space they can live in, be that spending time with friends and family, or relaxing with a glass of wine after a tough day in the office.

As a result we design gardens which allow our clients to do this as easily as possible. We integrate barbecues and seating as fixed features for entertaining. We create sheltered secluded seats for peaceful moments. We frame beautiful views and we create privacy from overlooking windows and buildings.

And we do this in the context of lush, vibrant planting (because a garden without plants is as soulless as a home without books) and the conviction that anything which draws us out into the garden is a fine thing. That the garden is the extra outdoor room that engages us with our environment. That it's OK to hang out in the garden without getting soil in our nails and mud on our boots.

So now we're asking is this your style of gardening? Is lazing in the garden more important to you than working in the garden? Does lounging in a hammock appeal to you more than digging the tatty bed? Are you a happily lazy gardener?