Jo Thompson planting design

East Sussex award-winning landscape designer Jo Thompson is being recognised for her personal contribution to society at a 60th anniversary ‘Women of the Year’ lunch later this month in London (Monday 19 October) The 45 year old joins over 400 women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Jo’s … read more

garden designer sussex, chelsea flower show 2015

It’s 25th April, and there are 25 days to go until the show opens on site. But…… there are only 4 days until we get there. Last week is a bit of a blur: visits to nursery and roof tiling  and filming fitted in alongside visits to clients, new border plantings,  and checks on the progress … read more

Thirty days to go, and a week until we get on site. These posts will get shorter and shorter as everything gears up to next Wednesday. I’ve had a good meeting with Tom Stogdon who is creating the sculpture which will sit at one end of the pond, visible from both seating areas. I love … read more

garden designer east sussex, planting design east suusex

This sunny weather is welcome – giving the plants that extra boost as we come into the last couple of weeks before they arrive on site. Now I really am just waiting to start. Journalists are working on their previews of the show and meeting them gives me the chance to visit some fabulous gardens: … read more

garden designer london, planting design london

Really? 35?!!! We have only stopped for sleeping: everything else is on All Systems Go with 14 days left until I get on site at the Royal Hospital. I went to see how the building is coming along – it is finished, and I love it. Now to take it all apart again, in order … read more

garden designer east sussex

A quick dash out to check on some new trees arriving in a client’s garden, and a chance to see how the mass tulip planting is working out.  The new monkey puzzle looked  extraordinary, and the bulbs  a deliciously peach colour against the pittosporum and stipa behind.  It was lovely to see all the pale orange/apricot … read more

easter garden

Where did the days go?! That’s how it feels at the moment. Easter Sunday was a rare day off with the family, whilst the rest of the weekend was business as usual. I have very understanding children who realise that there aren’t going to be any sunny breaks before the show starts. There’s GCSE revision … read more

garden designer london, rhs chelsea flower show, interior design, gareth neal

Part of the pleasure of designing a garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show is, for me, creating a garden that is very much a real garden: a garden which gives the sense that its owner has just stepped out of it for a moment, but will be back very soon. I need to ensure that … read more

Garden designer East Sussex

It all suddenly went a bit quiet, didn’t it? April arrived and it seems everyone would like their garden designed, which of course I’m very happy about. My own new garden with its Throwback Rockery is starting to look a little bit greener and Spring-like, with Tulip turkestanica looking magnificent in its delicacy as it … read more

jo thompson garden design

Plants, building materials, trees – all these are daily details dealt with, and alongside this we need to fit in filming and lots of opportunities to chat about the garden design. These meetings  are a wonderful opportunity to see new places: last week we were on the Nomura roof terrace. A stunning  garden in the air, complete … read more