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Rain garden design at RHS Tatton

The ultimate guide to creating a rain garden

Rain gardens are becoming more and more important to include with garden and landscape design across the UK, as well as new house building, right from the off-set. The results of climate change mean warmer but wetter weather, so managing excess rainwater and flooding has never been more important or relevant. Why are rain gardens so important? A rain garden is one that is designed to spread rain run-off and excess water to reduce pooling in one area and to slow down the movement of rainwater to reduce flash flooding. Plants are key here, and perform the function of slowing rainfall across the

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Our garden design case study in ProLandscaper

Our whole team was incredibly chuffed to receive the October issue of ProLandscaper and find a photo of our '2101' Cheshire show garden on the front cover. In this month's issue of the landscaping magazine, there is a three-page feature talking about the build of our Cactus Direct 2101 show garden, at RHS Tatton in July 2017. And then towards the end of the magazine is a book review by our lead garden designer Michael John McGarr who reviewed Dan Pearson's Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden book while he was on holiday. Make sure you read the October 2017 ProLandscaper.

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Michael John McGarr being interviewed for The Sod Show

Interview on The Sod Show

While at RHS Tatton in July this year exhibiting our multi award-winning garden, our garden designer Michael John McGarr was interviewed by Peter Donegan from The Sod Show. We were already aware of fellow garden designer Pete's brilliant podcasts, so were honoured to be chosen to be featured. Michael had a great chat with Pete about setting up his own consultancy, the pressures of following your own creative path and designing and building show gardens. Take a listen to The Sod Show podcast below and you can always drop them a line on Twitter @sodshow to let them know you enjoyed it.  

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Our RHS Tatton garden in Cheshire won three awards – including gold!

We are immensely chuffed that our Cactus-Direct: 2101 garden won triple awards at RHS Tatton 2017 in Cheshire - including the much-coveted GOLD award. On Tuesday, July 18, we were awarded a Gold medal, as well as Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden, so it's fair to say we were very happy indeed. Anyone who's read our previous blog posts about the RHS Tatton - Announcing 2101 and Countdown to RHS Tatton knows how hard we've worked and how ambitious our garden concept was to execute. The judging process for RHS Shows is notoriously tough, and we worked extremely hard

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Warnes McGarr & CO RHS Tatton Cactus-direct-2101

Planting list for RHS Tatton

Our RHS Tatton show garden is going absolutely amazingly and we're being asked for our planting list by so many people already that we thought we'd make it available to everyone. Be sure to tag us @warnesmcgarr if you post a photo of our Cactus-direct: 2101 garden on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Garden title: 2101 Main sponsor: cactus-direct.co.uk Garden designer: Michael John McGarr Contractor/ builder: Warnes McGarr & Co Ltd   Planting list Yucca Filifera Yucca Rostrata Yucca glorisoa Trithrinax campestris Nannorrhops ritchiana Butia odorata Vitis vinifera muscat Echinocactus grusonii (600mm wide specimen barrel cacti) Polaskia Chichipe (1500mm high specimen cacti) Pinus sylvestris Alnus glutinosa Betula nigra Sanguisorba "tanna" Iris germanica Sedum "purple emperor" Euphorbia characias Verbena bonariensis Carex morrowii Persicaria Veronicastrum Primula vialii Hosta Thalictrum Geranium Geum Hemerocallis Lobelia hapsdens blue Eupatorium baby Joe Thymus

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outdoor kitchen - Warnes McGarr & Co

Create an outdoor kitchen area

It's Friday and brilliant beautiful sunshine has been forecast for the weekend! There's nothing better than eating, dining and socialising outdoors, especially at the end of a long week. But it has to be done properly... Here at Warnes McGarr & Co, we create very high-end outdoor kitchens as our niche speciality, complete with wood-fired pizza ovens, outdoor heaters, full working kitchen equipment and even luxuries like televisions and hot tubs. You can see examples of our work such as our Eat & Shelter outdoor kitchen garden, which we won a gold medal for last year. However, not everyone has a budget

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Warnes McGarr RHS Tatton Cheshire 2017

RHS Tatton – the countdown to ‘2101’ continues

by Michael John McGarr With one month until we begin on site at RHS Tatton in Knutsford, it's all systems go here at Warnes McGarr & Co HQ in Greater Manchester. RHS Tatton takes place at Tatton Park in Cheshire from July 19 - 23, and we start the garden design build onsite from Monday, July 3. Last year, we achieved a silver medal at RHS Tatton with our 'From Hall to Home' garden and a gold medal, plus Best Construction in Show at BBC Gardeners World in Birmingham. So we're definitely looking to increase our medal count this year. Our Tatton garden design

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2101 show garden design by Warnes McGarr & Co

Announcing 2101 – our RHS Tatton show garden

By Michael John McGarr Here at Warnes McGarr & Co we’re incredibly pleased to announce that our show garden design has been accepted for RHS Tatton 2017 in Cheshire. The garden is called simply ‘2101’ – and it’s going to be something of a showstopper. This will be our third year on the run at the Tatton Flower Show, in Knutsford, and we’re not ashamed to say that we’re going for gold. Our show garden will be in the Future Spaces category and it imagines what the average British garden will look like in the year 2101. New climate change models predict that by

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Warnes McGarr INEX online March 2017 copy 2

More coverage for us – in INEX magazine

By Michael John McGarr I was thrilled to be asked by INEX magazine to contribute a piece of editorial about garden design trends for 2017, and about the outdoor living spaces we create. We're always researching innovation within outdoor living, such as aquaponics or new materials such as HI-MACS® or Accoya, to use within our residential consultations or show gardens. The article was published in the March issue of INEX, which is an online magazine about interiors and exterior design. I'm always happy to put together editorial about garden and landscape design for a specialist publication about trends, materials and how they come

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Warnes McGarr APL awards

Highly commended in the APL awards!

We took a trip down to London on Friday to attend the Association of Professional Landscapers’ annual awards. And we were incredibly pleased to find that a garden we designed and built was highly commended in the hard landscaping category. The garden, in Wigan, is an ultra-contemporary design, bringing together large format porcelain, with composite decking to provide interest. The homeowners had just invested in a new extension, so wanted their garden landscaped with different areas to relax, socialise and cook outdoors. To soften the hard landscaping elements, some colourful textural planting and edible plants were included, with plenty to provide birds

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