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Garden designer by Michael John McGarr

Six insider tips for commissioning the best garden and landscape designer

By Michael John McGarr Many people make the decision to commission a re-design of their garden over Christmas and New Year. And who can blame them? With the beautiful winter's sun we've been witnessing over these past few days, it's been a joy to stare outside at my garden. With the sun casting its low, long shadows, it's hard not to make plans for the warmer months about how you can enjoy your outdoor space even more next year. We work all over the UK, but especially in the North West across Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. However, where to begin with a

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Concrete – the good, the bad and the ugly

by Michael John McGarr, chief creative and garden designer at Warnes McGarr & Co Let’s face it, this stuff is everywhere. There was a time in the garden building trade, namely from the 1960s onwards, that concrete seemed to be used on almost everything, including breakfast cereals. But does concrete have a place in modern garden design and building? The answer is, of course, both yes and no. For the majority of garden design and build, the dreaded concrete base panel and post system takes centre stage and somehow unfathomably seems to have been the number one choice for creating boundaries within the garden. And

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Contemporary landscaped garden Wigan by Warnes McGarr & Co

We’ve been shortlisted for the APL awards!

Here at Warnes McGarr & Co, we are incredibly pleased to have been shortlisted for the APL awards 2017, in the hard landscaping category. The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is our gardening and landscaping industry body, so any award or recognition from them is a great accolade for our fast-growing garden design and landscape business. At last year’s award ceremony, we were awarded a commendation in the ‘Gardens under £20,000’ category for a fabulous garden we designed and landscaped in Wigan, Lancashire. We were massively pleased with the garden design we submitted for the 2017 awards – and luckily so were our

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New branding and direction for our garden design business

After a lot of thinking about growth and where we want to go with our work, we made the decision to re-brand our garden design business name, our logo and our website to reflect our new direction. Having previously been called MJM Landscape for our domestic work and Living Space for our show garden work, we decided that we needed one name to cover all our garden design work and consultancy. Our head of construction Robert Warnes had become a business partner of company founder and designer Michael McGarr a while back, but now the partnership has been formalised with our new

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Tatton brings us another medal for our list of awards

As Monty Don calls it, ‘The great garden party in the North’, RHS Tatton (July 19-23) was fabulous this year, with a perfect heatwave hitting Cheshire AND we won a silver – our third award of the summer. We can’t lie to you – doing two show gardens in the space of four weeks was tough. Building a show garden means 15 hour days and can take up to two weeks from digging the foundations to dusting off the floor tiles with our socks, minutes before the judges walk round. We always work to incredibly high standards BUT RHS judges are

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Double award winner at Gardeners’ World Live

We’re all celebrating here at Warnes McGarr & Co after winning a gold medal and the Best Construction award at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show in Birmingham,  June 16-19. Our garden was called Eat and Shelter, which featured the amazing Alfa outdoor wood-burning pizza oven we supply, as well as a fire/ ice table and a very contemporary corten steel pergola. This garden utterly represents everything we do here at Warnes McGarr & Co. The outdoor kitchen has fast become our signature design, because it represents a new trend in how people use their gardens. In addition to this, it

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