Patrick Swan, horticulturist, consultant, tutor and garden designer
A summer of awards and colour!

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A review of the past season''s events & successes, with an eye to the future.

Autumn is now upon us, with it''s trademark wind and rain.. Time then to look back at a very busy, eventful and successful year for Patrick Swan.

The year got off to a roaring start with the staging of a show garden for the RHS Malvern Spring Show. Patrick was co-designer and builder of ''''A Quiet Garden'''', for the Quiet Gardens Trust; a charity which promotes gardens as places for retreat, meditation and refreshment of the mind. With fellow designers Angie Turner and Kristina Fitzsimmons, the objective was to create a tranquil space within a busy show ground. Patrick''s planting plan used a palate of pale mauves and blues and with naturalistic species it was a space which was deliberately welcoming and calming rather than challenging and theatrical. A group of willing volunteers from the charity helped with the construction, the finished garden being awarded the R.H.S Bronze medal. The top accolade however was in winning the popular vote, being awarded the Peoples Choice Award, voted for by the show visitors as their favourite garden of the show. Our aim of putting across the message of gardens as places for therapy of the mind was a success.

Away from the excitement of the showground Patrick has continued his work for Holland House, near Pershore. The new rose garden there, planted last year, enjoyed it''''s second summer by overwhelming the senses with colour and scent. He is now working on plans to redevelop the Edwardian sunken garden; watch this space...! Other private clients have enjoyed designs for new herbaceous borders, together with the restoration of vines in a Victorian vinery and landscaping consultancy for a Warwickshire property development.

Patrick''s courses and lectures have continued to be popular, with tutoring set to play a bigger role in his work in the near future. Other developments are to include specialisation in the provision of therapeutic and meditation gardens.

The coming winter is set to be busy with commissions for more new herbaceous borders, together with an important development in Patrick''s professional consultancy work. He will be looking forward to having some time in a Quiet Garden of his own some day soon!

18/10/2014 14:33:19

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