I’m never sure it’s meant as a compliment when people say ‘you need to get out more’ (guess it’s all about attention to detail!) but for once we did and took the train to the Landscape Show in London. Inspiration can come from many places – I look at architecture and, in the world around me, art is always a good way to keep mass and void in check but a visit to something like the Landscape Show is the perfect opportunity to keep up with current trends and in particular the latest materials. It’s also a chance to meet up with one’s peers and see what they’re up to.
There are always one or two things that stand out. At this event the living willow on show from Baugaarden (www.baugaarden.com) struck me as a novel way to mix sculpture and planting. They have various forms and I was particularly impressed with their 750mm high hedging. It seems they are overwhelmed with orders for this new product so be prepared to see it near you soon!
In a similar vein, Europlanters (www.europlanters.com) were showing an intriguing corten water feature. It transpires they ‘knocked it up’ for the show but I hope they might start manufacturing similar structures – they’re great!
The Landscape show is more ‘materials’ based rather than planting and there were a number of artificial grass suppliers in evidence (although not really planting) but green walls are now mainstream, not just high end or commercial options and there were plenty of these to look at too (Brighgtreen had both real and artificial greenwalls – www.brightgreen.co.uk).
I have also updated my materials folder with the new natural stone ranges from CED (www.ced.ltd.uk) and am looking forward to specifying their various pavings and gravels.