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  1. Daffodils

    03 Apr 2017

    Narcissus pseudonarcissus at RHS Garden Rosemoor Every plant has its moment of glory, when it’s the star of the garden.  I’m going to be delving deep and finding out everything I can about these gorgeous plants. In March we herald the start of Spring with a burst of sunshine from…


  2. Edible winter pot planting

    18 Oct 2016

    As another series of BBC Gardeners’ World draws to an exhausted end and the team take a well-earned break I can turn my thoughts back to my own garden. All Spring and Summer I have neglected my little plot whilst busy filming so as the sun came out I headed merrily off to the garden centre…


  3. The first cut of Spring

    14 Feb 2016

    It’s the day I look forward to the most: the first day the sun hits the garden with a degree of warmth and I’m enticed enough to don gloves, find secateurs and a trug, and head out there to make the first cut of Spring The moment is fleeting: the sun only…


  4. Plot with a view - year one on our Bristol allotment

    22 Jan 2016

    As our first year of allotmenteering reaches its fruition ( pun intended) I look back with many happy memories on what turned out to be the best idea we ever had. When we applied for a plot in the basin of Bristol we were told it would be a potential two year…


  5. RHS Chelsea Flower Show Press launch

    15 Jan 2016

    At the last minute I managed to get myself along to the official press launch of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show held this week at the M & G headquarters in London. This time last year hardly a soul knew me, so it was really lovely to be greeted as one…


  6. Christmas Gifts for gardeners

    23 Nov 2015

    Christmas is stealthily approaching and before you know it you’ll be wallowing in wrapping paper, eating turkey sandwiches and watching too much tv.  If panic has set in at the mere thought of Christmas and you haven’t a clue what to buy for your loved ones, I’ve compiled a handy list of the best gardening gifts out there, or…


  7. Affordable garden design in Bristol

    19 Nov 2015

    Not everyone can afford to employ the skills of a fully accredited, experienced Garden Designer, the likes of which you’d find at Chelsea Flower Show. But a well-designed garden should be accessible to all so I’ve created a service that fills the space in between!  With 12 years experience of practical gardening, designing and planting…


  8. Bring on the girls at Chelsea Flower Show 2016

    17 Nov 2015

    Bring on the girls at Chelsea Flower Show 2016 ! A whopping 10 female designers will be creating gardens in the three categories, with 5 of them on main avenue alone. That’s a pretty impressive turn out and I’m sure Sue Biggs, Director-General of the RHS, will be over-the-moon; last year she bemoaned the…


  9. Garden consultancy Bristol

    17 Nov 2015

    Garden consultation With a lifetime’s experience of creating, working in and enjoying gardens I have a wealth of horticultural knowledge that you can make use of! Whether you have a tiny courtyard, balcony or grand estate I enjoy helping clients make the best of their outside space by offering advice…


  10. Chelsea Flower Show Preview 2016

    11 Nov 2015

    It may well be a good 6 long months until the glorious Chelsea Flower Show throws open its gates in May 2016 but in the depths of a soggy autumn what better event to look forward to The big guns have been announced with 16 large Show gardens, 6 perfectly formed Artisan gardens and…


  11. Christmas gift idea - book a Garden Consultation

    09 Nov 2015

    Struggling to find a suitable or unusual gift for loved ones this Christmas You can book me for a 2 hour consultation in the Clifton area, or a half day in the Bristol area. A 2 hour consultation will involve a thorough walk round of the garden making notes and suggestions of required pruning…


  12. Is this the end of the Christmas magic?

    19 Oct 2015

    It comes to every parent: that poignant, traumatic, heart-breaking moment when your first-born asks you to swear on your life that Father Christmas is real.  Photograph by Mark Ashbee Photography That moment arrived rather unexpectedly on the second to last day of our summer holiday. Henry, aged 10 and a…


  13. Home & Garden makeover service in Bristol

    01 Oct 2015

    Enhancing your Bristol property both inside and out Sellers - struggling to sell your property because of its first impressions? Landlords - property left in a mess by last tenants? Agents - buyers put off by the appearance of a property? What is a home and garden makeover?  Everyone knows that…


  14. Gardens in the press

    28 Sep 2015

    Nothings beats seeing one of my gardens in the press; makes it all worthwhile to know people love the properties and want to holiday there! Here are a few Treverra on ckrock.com Treverra on Conde Nast website Treverra in House and Garden magazine Penrich on the Perfect Stays website Treverra Farm on…


  15. Exterior designer for hire… or Garden Designer… or Home designer…?!

    15 Sep 2015

    It’s been niggling me for a while now that interior designers seem to have a better street cred (and salary) on the whole than garden designers, so I’m wondering whether to re-title myself as an Exterior Designer?  It sounds rather grand but it’s so hard to pin one title to my…


  16. Creating a balcony garden

    07 Sep 2015

    A new client with a beautiful apartment overlooking the Clifton gorge in Bristol has invited me to turn her unused balcony space into a place for eating, relaxing and enjoying the view. I’ve started with some ideas using the wonderful Pinterest website which is invaluable both for collecting images for mood boards and…


  17. Garden Designer Natalie Ashbee

    25 Aug 2015

    Ash & Bee Gardens was established in 2003 (formerly trading as Natalie Ashbee Gardens) and grew from the maintenance of small gardens to the landscape and planting design of high-end new properties in Cornwall I relocated to Clifton in Bristol in Spring 2014 with my photographer husband Mark and our…


  18. How does a garden designer in Bristol fill the school holidays?

    24 Aug 2015

    How does a garden designer in Bristol fill the school holidays… When the school holidays started I must admit dreading the time about to stretch ahead of me. Living in a city, with the prospect of entertaining three young children (twin girls aged 4 and a son aged 10) for 8 long…


  19. New ‘garden design by post’ service

    26 Jul 2015

    If a full consultation, design and plant service isn’t what you need I also offer a fixed price design service which has proved popular. This is a service which provides you with a garden design, notes and a Pinterest board of landscaping ideas and planting schemes. We correspond by email…


  20. My Chelsea Flower Show 2015

    24 Jul 2015

    My red button team! Working at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would be a dream come true for many people but for a Garden Designer it was super-special! This year I’ve been freelancing for the BBC as a horticultural researcher alongside my garden design business in Bristol/Cornwall and it’s been an…


  21. Plants for a coastal garden

    15 Jul 2015

    My latest article on Intogardens website, all about the best plants for coastal gardens. With beautiful photography by Mark Ashbee http://www.markashbeephotography.com http://into-gardens.com/feature/beside-seaside/


  22. Garden writing links on other websites

    09 Jul 2015

    You can find my garden articles hidden all over the internet!  Here’s one on the Gap gardens page all about the beauty of spring plants unfurling, with amazing photos of course! http://www.gapphotos.com/GardensBlog/?p=1598 There are several on the Intogardens.com website and app,  http://into-gardens.com/feature/beside-seaside/ http://into-gardens.com/feature/hanging-seedy-side/ http://into-gardens.com/feature/deck-halls-plants-folly/ And even one on the RHS…


  23. Hampton Court Flower Show

    01 Jul 2015

    Change of pace: after the exhilerating craziness that can only describe Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court was a breeze. Every time I passed over the Longwater I had to stop, take a breath and indulge in the glory that is this fabulous location. Whoever came up with a flower show here was a…


  24. Gardens Illustrated Festival April 18th Malmesbury

    12 Apr 2015

    Gardens Illustrated Festival April 18th Malmesbury I am thrilled, slightly bewildered but mainly proud to have been asked to give advice on Garden Design at the sparkly new Gardens Illustrated Festival being held in the pretty village of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Actually I’ve never been to Malmesbury but Google tells me…


  25. The Easter bunny - a gardener’s pest.

    17 Mar 2015

    The Easter bunny - a gardener’s pest With Easter goodies now filling the shelves I’m reminded of the cute little bunnies that decimate many plants in coastal gardens. My trials and tribulations with rabbits in the gardens of Cornwall prompted research into a list of plants that I have found rabbit…


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