Have a look at Arne's journal for links to what's inspiring him right now, or click below to see some of our favourite growers, sellers and Inspiration.
A family run nursery with a huge stock of
fruit trees, roses and bulbs - and generous quantities of seeds,
that come in lovely brown paper packets.
Run by Chris Pike - a wonderful,
knowledgable gardener. He sells unusual trained fruit
as well as good hedging, ornamental and productive trees and
Derry Watkins travels far and wide to find the unusual specimens
that she grows and sells in her nursery just outside Bath. You can
buy plants and seeds, and visit her garden where you can see just
how well the plants perform.
These are the seeds I use at Allt-y-bela. They have a really
interesting selection for the kitchen garden and the varieties are
chosen for their flavour and ability to perform in our climate
(they are based in West Wales.) The website is packed with
information on how best to sow, grow and even collect seed and
breed your own varieties!
Choosing Dahlias from this website is like choosing paint from the
art shop - a marvellous collection all ordered by
A surprising mix of vintage and new from a
variety of sources - all share the qualities integral to their
repair, reuse, rethink philosophy.
A gem of a place - on the main high street in
Abergavenny. Selling an inspiring range of artists materials and
showing fascinating collections of art and craft.
A delightful nursery to visit with a great cafe
and a shop full of carefully chosen products.
Beautiful resin lamps and candlesticks, tables
and mirrors. Marianna runs an inspiring workshop from the heart of
Hand mixed traditional limewash paints for
exterior and interior use. We have used these fabulous paints
througout Allt-y-bela and can highly recommend the bespoke service
Francesca offers. A wide range of paint types is now available and
her eye for colour matching is incredible.
Through my work in East Hampton on Long
Island, USA, I have come to love the nursery, shop, gallery and the
team at Marders. They offer a fantastic selection of plants to both
the trade and general public. The nursery is laid out beautifully
giving visitors inspiration as well as landscaping solutions.
Founded in 2012, The New Craftsmen is a
network of makers who collaborate to showcase the finest materials,
skills and craft products of the British Isles. A regular
exhibition of work is on show at The Garage in
An extraordinarily powerful 18th century garden
designed by William Kent. I return here time and again and never
fail to draw fresh inspiration.
As a boy I visited this garden almost weekly.
It was a fantastic opportunity to absorb the exquisite taste of my
favourite gardener, Lady Salisbury, who later moved on to Hatfield
House. It's still a magical place.
Full of inspiring articles on gardens, profiles
on plants and details of makers, materials and what's going on in
the garden world.
It's been a real privilege to work on the
garden of Haddon Hall, in Derbyshire. You can see pictures of the
progress of the garden in the journal, and better still, the main hall and
gardens are open to the public, and well worth a
My work at Cottesbrooke Hall is ongoing and the
project seems to get more exciting the longer I spend on it. We
started on the perennial borders along Statue Walk and Lime Walk
and have now moved into the Pool Garden. You can read about
developments in the journal.
An architectural practice based in Wales and
London, who bring great sensitivity and elegance to their
buildings, new and old.
A beautiful garden makes this small B&B a
perfect getaway for two. I visited last September and can highly