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Welcome to the Garden Design Question and Answer Forum, in which the English Garden Design Associates have very kindly agreed to provide Questions and Answers for The Gardening website and are happy to give you some tips and ideas gained from years of experience

If you would like a quick answer to a short question, just drop Hugh O'Connell an email by clicking here hugh.oconnell@btopenworld.com and he will to his level best to get back to you promptly. Please tell him where you live and your local weather and soil conditions. It would be very good if you could send also him before and after photos where appropriate.

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Hugh O'CONNELL, Managing Director, English Garden Design Associates Ltd., The Annexe, Ponchydown Farm, Blackborough,
CULLOMPTON, Devon, EX15 2HQ, UK
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Accessing the back of a border. Mrs J Beers, UK
Dear Hugh, We have recently moved house and my husband has dug some fairly large borders as I love cottage gardens and want to buy a suitable mixture. One problem is how do I reach the plants at the...
Adding a swimming pool. Sandy, UK
Good afternoon, I am most impressed by your web site - evidently you have had some fascinating jobs. Mine, inevitably, is rather mundane by comparison, due to financial constraints and the nature of...
Brown patches in Leylandi. Colin Board, UK
Dear Hugh I have a leylandi hedge around my house & since last summer several large brown areas have developed where the ends of the tree are dead. I have raked the areas to get rid of dead stuff &...
Can you help me design a Japanese garden for a school project? Simeon Miller, UK
Dear Mr.O'Connell, I am doing a coursework project on garden design. I was wondering if you could give me some information about the processes that are involved in designing a garden, how much do the...
Can you help me look for information on becoming a landscape designer from my home? Lady based in UK
I am searching the internet looking for information on becoming a landscape designer from my home. I have life experience in horticulture and landscape but was injured and am trying to stay in this...
Can you suggest a climbing plant that I can put in a deep tub that I have on a north facing wall? Kevin of North Wales, UK
Dear Hugh, I wonder if you can suggest a climbing plant that I can put in a deep tub that I have on a north facing wall by my front door. I have tried an evergreen clematis, but this has got wind...
Choosing a garden design course. Satomi Narui, Japan
Dear Mr.Hugh, I am writing to ask for your advice. I am at a crossroads in my life,please help me! I am 26 years old and Japanese who study English at a language school in Cambridge. I love garden...
Designing a garden in France. Hugh and Mimi Kilgour, France
Dear Hugh We have realised a dream of building a house in the Var in the south of France near a village called Carces. The house is set in an old ploughed up vineyard approx 5000sq. metres. Do you...
Do you do diplomas? Norman, Sri Lanka
Dear Hugh I hope you can help. I wish my son to take one of your diplomas in garden design. Forum (Hugh):Dear Norman, My company is not an institute for education. However I recommend you look...
Do you know of any source of Japanese stone urns? Gentleman from Stroud, UK
I cannot find a source of Japanese stone urns. Do you know of any? The Forum e-mailed the Japanese Embassy in England and asked the question. They gave us the web site address for Herons Japanese...
Do you know the source of any large containers? Suzanne Overton, UK
I have a solid chalk garden and therefore need to have almost everything in pots. I have some bigish trees and shrubs that I would like to display in really big beautiful pots but I am having trouble...
For my GCSE project I have decided to design a garden. Can you recommend books on the subject of garden design? Louise from Standish, UK
I am a student at Standish Community High School and for my one of my GCSEs I have chosen to take Graphics and Design. For my GCSE project I have decided to design a garden. If you have any leaflets,...
Hedge advice required - alternative to Leylandi. Allan Hadley, Scotland
I have a detached house on a corner plot bordered at the front and down one side by a 1M high wall. I am looking to install a hedge along the wall at the side of my house to give privacy and...
How do I get into the landscape design profession? Cami Zaugg, Utah, USA
I am a stay at home mom in Utah and would like to get into the landscape design profession. Do you need a degree or certificate to do this? If so, where can I get info. on distance learning? If not,...
How do I totally kill off all the existing grass in a field, so that I can re-level and eventually reseed it all? Martin Mackay of Ireland
Dear Hugh, I visited your uk garden designer web site, very interesting. I have bought a 2 acre plot in west Ireland, my house is under construction and I am planning the garden already. I want to...
I am hoping that you can suggest references on history, locations, and methods of layout of landscaped large ellipses? From Clark Kimberling, Professor of Mathematics, University of Evansville
I am hoping that you can suggest references on history, locations, and methods of layout of landscaped large ellipses. The main example seems to be the Ellipse in President's Park, near the White...
I'd like to get some more practice in a company, which designs and builds gardens. Anna Lecka of Poznan, Poland
Hallo! My name is Anna Lecka, I'm a student of horticulture on Agriculture University of Poznan in Poland. My faculty is Landscaping and garden architecture. I'm on fifth (last) year of my study....
Is there something that we could mix in with the soil in our back yard to help it drain and not stay wet? Rose Hendrixson of Tennessee, USA
We have a condo and a small yard in the back with a privacy fence. The space is about 20 x 40 feet. We have a problem in that behind the fence are large trees that shade our yard. When it rains the...
Just how much of a problem is it if a sewer runs through my property? Margaret Collingson, UK
Dear Hugh Can you give me links to appropriate professional associations of landscape designers from which I could locate designers and constructors in my area who are known to achieve certain...
Load bearing garden fence? David Brown, UK
Dear Hugh I hope you can help me ? I wish to replace a wooden fence on my property that was erected by the previous owner. My neighbour's patio is approximately 3ft higher that my patio and the...
My garden is only 7 to 8 yards wide and has steps that go all the way up to the top - is there a design that would suit? Lady based in Nottingham, UK
Dear Hugh, I have been reading some of the questions people have sent and wondered if you could help me, I live in Nottingham, I have been looking on the internet for a garden design that I could do...
Planting drought tolerant areas on a budget. Cheri Kulhanek, San Diego
I have a retaining wall 30' long with 80+ diamond shaped areas for potting. Do you have any plans I could take advantage of? I live in San Diego and need to plant drought tolerant on a budget. I'd...
Plants for a small front garden - and discouraging cats. Jackie, UK
hello, I have a little garden in the front. I would like to have some bushes, plants and gravel ( white or dark rocks) What should I plant? The garden will take approximately 3 different plants. I...
Removing a swimming pool. Tina Jones, UK
Hi, I have a 24x12 foot swimming pool which I would like taken out of my garden. My question: do I need professional help to redesign my garden or are there sites I can access for help? We do have a...
Should we have to remove the pots off our shared boundary fence? Lady from Stafford, UK
We have a dividing fence between our houses, I have some half sized pot holders screwed onto the fence with pots in them on my side. My neighbour has asked that we remove them because they are...
Siting of vegetable beds. Sharon Clark, Wales
Dear Hugh I am moving to SW Wales within the month, and am already planning changes to the existing garden! I need to know the best part of my new garden in which to build raised beds for successful...
Spiral designs for a garden. Nancy Simpson, Wisconsin, USA
Dear Hugh, I am interested in spiral gardens. I was led to your site with that reference. Forum (Hugh): Dear Nancy, Further to your enquiry I do have some reference to spirals in the Forum pages as...
What is the most common form of stone or brick that is used in an English country garden? Barbara Welling, Washington, USA
I live in Spokane, Washington. I have a cement slab patio outside my back door. I want to begin to create an English Country garden look by changing the cement to a traditional English patio. What is...
What questions does a designer ask when planning a garden? Paul Riding, UK
I am currently studying National diploma in Horticulture. I have received a project in design principles. I hoped you could give me some advice. I am to design a questionnaire for the initial visit...
Wisteria drying out. Sima Lee, Canada
Dear Sir, I am in Canada. I planted a wisteria in the early spring and it grew well in the first few months. But now I see the leaves are starting to dried out at the end especially the young ones. I...
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