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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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: 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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