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25th anniversary of landscaping in Eastbourne
21st April 2017
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As this is the 25th year of running my Landscape gardening business. I wanted to look back at some of the key moments in its development.

My first garden design

I started up in June 1992, I had 2 children under 2 at the time. I wanted to do a job that I enjoyed and by then, I had realised that I am an "outdoor cat". I loved gardening and plants.

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I started up in June 1992, I had 2 children under 2 at the time. I wanted to do a job that I enjoyed and by then, I had realised that I am an "outdoor cat". I loved gardening and plants.

I started by doing small projects and then working with garden designers on their designs. As time went by, I became more familiar with what worked and what was practical in a garden. I found myself challenging the designers on aspects of the design. (which didn't always go down well).

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The turning point came when asked look at a design someone had done for a garden in Shoreham, I started to question the design and come up with alternatives. The customer said, "alright then, draw up your design and I'll choose the one I like". This is my very first draft of my first design.

When designing a garden, I try to create a 3-dimensional picture. That welcomes you into the garden. It is important that the garden reflects the clients lifestyle.

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The rest is history

I would describe the garden as a curved, courtyard garden with a Japanese influence. It was designed to be a low-maintenance garden, Used mainly for relaxation and entertaining.

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The garden before commencing

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Work in progress

It was a fantastic learning experience. I can honestly say, it was the first job that I put my heart into, as well as skill and experience. it was great working with Bob and Shirley through the project and at the finished they held an opening party, which I was a guest.

When I look back at the photos, what stands out for me is, right from the very beginning, I used curves in the design. back then (1994) natural stone was used frequently. The raised beds were built in Purbeck walling and and Purbeck rockery to the upper level. We built lots of rockeries. Ponds were popular. I rarely build them now.

We use Indian sandstone and granite paving. Walls tend to be in brick or for a contemporary look rendered white walls.
I like the timber bench that was built into the pond wall. This allowed you to sit very close to the pond and interact with the fish.

Nowadays, there is much more emphasise on "outdoor living". With a focus on outdoor cooking and dining. Barbecues, fire pits and even garden pizza ovens are popular. Log cabins add a garden retreat to the garden and for real luxury, there's hottubs and spa pools.

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I like the timber bench that was built into the pond wall. This allowed you to sit very close to the pond and interact with the fish.

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The finished garden

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If you would like to see how my designs and materials have developed, please visit my website 

Arrange a free initial consultation? Give Alan a call on 01323 458122 or keep up to date by liking Facebook, Eastbourne Gardens Ltd.

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Alan P

Member since: 13th June 2017

I am the owner of Eastbourne Gardens Ltd, a local Garden Design and Landscaping business with a 25 year history in delivering beautiful bespoke gardens to Eastbourne and East Sussex residents.

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