Gardens in Highgate London

PGSD was asked to work on two gardens in Highgate, north London, by construction company Heydon & Carr who were converting one house into two separate dwellings.

We designed and planted both of the gardens and installed top soil, turf, trees, shrubs and perennials.

The plants, of which there were several hundred, included: Clematis Montana on 1.5 Trellis; Jasminum on 1.5 Trellis; Parthenocissus on 1.5 Trellis; and Hedra on 1.5 Trellis.

Architectural Shrubs and trees comprised Phormium 5L; Cordyline 5L; Yukka 5L; specimen Japanese Maple; Bamboo 20L pots; Olive tree 1.5m tall; and Betula multi stem 2.5-3m tall.

The borders contain a mix of shrubs, perennials and grasses in 3 to 5 litre pots: Agapanthus; Aster; Geranium; Heleborous; Heuchera; Kniphofia; Rudbeckia; Grasses 5L; Carex Evergold; Stipa Tenuissima; and Semperviren.

The Mulberry Centre

Located in Isleworth, The Mulberry Centre is a charity delivering a range of information and support services to all those affected by a diagnosis of cancer. Their services include complementary and relaxation therapies, ongoing one to one support on a drop-in basis, counselling sessions and support groups, plus a wide range of workshops. This combination of information, support, self-management and relaxation is designed to help people feel in control; it helps them to make the right decisions to manage both the physical and mental trauma of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

An integral part of the Mulberry Centre is the relaxing, calm and peaceful atmosphere both inside the building and in the grounds. As the Centre is based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital, it is a real bonus to find some peaceful outdoor space. PGSD and our staff have been maintaining the grounds since late 2015. We have donated our time, expertise and equipment to improving the external grounds in a way that is harmonious with the calm atmosphere of the location. Led by our senior supervisor Matt Farmer, our teams have been involved in a winter clean up, routine maintenance and replanting as well as donating shrubs to the plant sale from our Hatch Furlong Nursery.

Emma Cartwright, the Chief Executive of The Mulberry Centre said: “We are delighted with the work that the team from PGSD has done to ensure our gardens always look their best. They go that extra mile to keep the gardens in tip-top shape and any request for a pruned plant here, or added colour there is always willingly and swiftly responded to. This ensures that our gardens always look cared for and welcoming – a reflection of the ethos of the Centre! It is a joy to work with Matt and his team. Thank you.”

Matt Farmer added: “I am delighted to be able to help out with such a worthwhile cause and make a difference to people’s enjoyment of the grounds.”