Extrospective influence by Michael John McGarr

Talking about extrospective influence

by Michael John McGarr I did a talk to a group of garden design students recently where I spoke about extrospective influence. This is something I truly believe makes me a better designer, and overall, better at the creative process. So what is extrospective influence? For me, it's using any medium of art to gain creative influence, and to spark off a chain of thoughts and ideas, which culminate in a theme or concept, which is then workable into a new client brief. Although I am passionate about garden and landscape design and ecology, I rarely read garden design or landscape magazines

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Warnes McGarr & Co at The Landscape Show

By Michael McGarr We were really honoured to be asked to speak at the Landscape Show which takes place in London on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. This is one of the biggest exhibitions for the garden and landscape design industry, so we are thrilled to be heading down to the big smoke next week. We will be sitting on a panel on the Wednesday, hosted by the brilliant London College of Garden Design, entitled How to shake up your garden design. Our landscape design and garden design always pushes the boundaries with creativity and innovative new technologies, so we

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RHS Tatton Cheshire - Poisonous Garden Warnes McGarr & Co

The Poisonous Garden planting list

RHS Tatton 2018 in Cheshire launched today, so we were incredibly pleased to present The Poisonous Garden. It was amazing to see crowds of people flowing in when the gates opened at 10am - this might be the busiest year that we've seen yet. We've been planning this design for the best part of 2018, and it's taken us a really long time to find just the right suppliers and the right materials. At 650 sq m, this is a huge project so it was worth every second taken to get it looking perfect. Here is the extensive planting list for the

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The Poisonous Garden RHS Tatton Warne McGarr and Co

Building The Poisonous Garden

This week we started on site managing the build of the Poisonous Garden - the pretty large and high profile exhibit for this year's RHS Tatton Flower Show. After three years of creating award-winning show gardens at RHS Tatton, which takes place at Tatton Park in Cheshire, we did look at designing something for other RHS shows. However, in January this year, we were asked by the brilliant RHS events team if we would design the Poisonous Garden. It seems they like what we've been doing and we were honoured to be asked to partner up with them. So, after months and

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Pro Landscaper Manchester Warnes McGarr & Co

More coverage in ProLandscaper – Manchester supplement

One of our favourite trade mags, ProLandscaper, has put together a Manchester supplement for their April issue, which brilliantly features Warnes McGarr & Co landscape and garden designers not once but twice. Our upcoming work with the team at RHS Tatton to design and build The Poisonous Garden for their prestigious Cheshire garden and flower show in July has been featured. As we move into May, we are really ramping up the planning for this amazing huge exhibit! Our garden designer Michael John McGarr was also asked to contribute some thoughts for a feature about the Northern Forest that was announced this

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Michael McGarr garden designer The Telegraph

Garden designer Michael McGarr featured in The Telegraph

If you were casually flicking through The Telegraph weekend gardening section over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, you may have thought - I recognise that face! I recognise that garden full of cacti! Yes, we were featured in a double-page spread this weekend by fantastic garden writer Annie Gatti headlined: Six fresh faces in garden design - how will they change the world? Annie contacted us back in September last year for a chat after we won a gold medal at RHS Tatton 2017, so we've been keeping our eyes out ever since for the resulting feature. It was an honour to

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Rock and roll garden design UK

Creating outdoor living spaces that rock and roll!

As former musicians, who still play in their spare time, garden and landscape designers Michael and Rob like bringing their rock and roll approach to re-designing their clients' outdoor living spaces. By Michael McGarr As a qualified garden designer and ecologist, I believe our outdoor living spaces should do five things. These are: - Take no effort to look after - Encourage wildlife - Produce food - Look amazing - Be an extension of your indoor living space and style   This is my starting point for working with clients and for taking a look at how they want to use their space. This

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Best of Houzz 2018 award winner Warnes McGarr & Co

More awards from Houzz

2018 has got off to a busy start for our team here at Warnes McGarr & Co. Not only have we just announced our design project for RHS Tatton - The Poisonous Garden - we're incredibly busy working on residential garden designs right across Lancashire, Bolton and Wigan and Cheshire at the moment. On top of that, we've also been awarded TWO awards in the Best of Houzz 2018. We won one award for Best of Houzz Design and another for Best of Houzz Service. The Design award reflects the quality of our work and the images that we've uploaded to our

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Warnes McGarr The Poisonous Garden RHS Tatton 2018

Announcing The Poisonous Garden

by Michael John McGarr We are immensely pleased and excited to announce that Warnes McGarr & Co will be designing and project-managing the Poisonous Garden in association with The RHS for the Tatton Flower in July. After three award-winning years of designing show gardens - including last year's gold-award winning 2101 garden - we're really honoured to be asked back again to design this large visitor attraction. RHS Tatton in Knutsford, Cheshire is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 so it really is going to be an exciting year. About The Poisonous Garden The garden will be an exhibition in all that is

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A New Year of Landscape Design…2018

By Michael McGarr What a great year for our landscape design team so far!!! And we aren't quite finished yet so hold the champagne, at least until this Friday! The team have had the pleasure of working with some great people on some great garden design projects over the last 12 months, and this year we have produced landscape design, architecture and planning for clients right across Lancashire in the Ribble Valley, Lostock, Rivington and Heaton in Bolton, Aughton, Southport, Prestwich, and also in Cheshire including Nantwich and Knutsford. It has been fabulous to work with such great people who have such

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