Join us at the Scottish Gardens Illustrated Masterclass

Join us at the Scottish Gardens Illustrated Masterclass

A day with designer James Alexander-Sinclair, innovative plantsman Colin McBeath and nurseryman Gavin McNaughton. Exploring the theme: ‘Scottish Gardens Looking Forward’ Join us on Wednesday 20th September at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith, nr Edinburgh. Spend the day with designer, writer and all-round big personality James Alexander-Sinclair, innovative plantsman Colin McBeath and nurseryman Gavin McNaughton. Semple Begg is organising this exciting event in conjunction with Gardens Illustrated Magazine, garden writer and plantsman Noel Kingsbury and Chelsea medal winner Annie Guilfoyle. The Day in Detail The day is part of a series of UK-wide Garden Masterclasses that…Read more
Filming with Beechgrove Garden

Filming with Beechgrove Garden

Athelstaneford Open Gardens, 4th September Although we live in a tiny village, it's buzzing with great gardeners. This year Nicola and I were tasked with organising the open gardens day on 4th September and last week Nicola welcomed the Beechgrove Garden team who came to film a selection of the gardens and chat to their owners. The program will air on either 25th August or 1st September. We'll keep you posted. Thanks to Shiona McCubbin, George Anderson and the team for a great day. Athelstaneford Village Gardens open under the Scotland's Garden Scheme…Read more
10 Fail Proof Late Season Plants

10 Fail Proof Late Season Plants

Our last feature for A Hume Country Clothing went down so well we were asked to write another: http://www.ahume.co.uk/blog/index.php/10-fail-proof-late-season-plants/ Filled with advice on packing your borders with late season colour and form.Read more
Ripple Retreat Landscape – National Park Approval

Ripple Retreat Landscape – National Park Approval

Semple Begg, Ripple Retreat Landscape Design approved by National Park. Semple Begg are absolutely delighted to have received approval for our detailed landscape plans for Ripple Retreat.     Ripple Retreat, winner of the ARCHICAD Project of the Year Award 2015, is being built as a retreat for children with cancer and their families. The project is fully funded by the charity, It’s Good 2 Give and was designed by Tony Kettle, Kettle Collective. Located on the shores of Loch Venacher in the Loch Lommand and Trossachs National Park, the aim of Ripple…Read more

Ripple Retreat – Steel Frame Time Lapse

Time Lapse of Rippling Steel Frame - Ripple Retreat   Winter has not been kind to the John Dennis crew up at Loch Venacher. The guys had to abandon site but have now been back for a few weeks and at last the steel frame is up and you can see why we call it Ripple Retreat. SaveRead more
Spring Workshops with florist Lottie Longman

Spring Workshops with florist Lottie Longman

Not to be missed - Lottie Longman is a fantastically talented florist living and working in Haddington. We have to tell you how wonderful Lottie is because she's just not the sort to blow her own trumpet....   Both Nicola and I are long standing devotees of Lottie's workshops. Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without an evening spent with Lottie, guzzling mince pies and fizz whilst whipping up a wreath. And my spring planter from two years back is still going strong - the one and only time I've grown Snakeshead Fritallaria with…Read more
Coastal Garden

Coastal Garden

Not a great photo - but a quick snap of the view from a seaside garden we've just started work. Deeply excited to be working in such a fantastic setting. Beaches, big skies and grassy sand dunes were my first love in life. In fact I scribbled a post a few years back about how landscapes exactly like this one rule my creative roost: Creative Roots and Formative Landscapes.Read more
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