Category: Gardens

International Garden Photographer of the Year – Awards

I’m delighted to have won three awards, in the Beautiful Gardens category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition 11. I won a Finalist Award for this photo, taken just after dawn in July at Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Cheshire. The low light emphsises the rich colour and

Cholmondeley Castle in Spring and Summer

I have had the good fortune this year to be commissioned by Cholmondeley Castle, in Cheshire, North West England, to photograph the stunning garden there in spring and summer. When I arrived at dawn in April I was greeted by a sea of daffodils. This stretched from the ornate, wrought

Garden Design – Photographing a Cheshire Garden

As a professional garden photographer, I very much enjoy working with garden designers. Each assignment is different, capturing gardens of all sizes, ranging from rural to urban, traditional to contemporary, formal to beautifully wild. When I’m commissioned to photograph a design project, my aim, in all cases, is to provide

Arley Hall and Garden - Ilex Avenue and Hydrangeas

Arley Hall and Gardens in October

First published in my original blog October 2012 Arley Hall is one of my favourite places in Cheshire. Its gardens are a delight throughout the year, but the historic double herbaceous borders must be the climax of any visit, rewarding you with a dazzling display of profuse colour at the

Powis Castle - Terrace and Yews

Powis Castle in October

First published on my original blog in October 2012 Earlier this week I decided to take a trip with my camera to one of my favourite places, the National Trust’s beautiful Powis Castle. It was a bleak, breezy, rainswept morning but the weather forecast indicated this would pass and be

Rode Hall - Kitchen Garden

Gardens for Photographers – Part Three

While immaculately designed planting schemes of bulbs, shrubs, trees, bedding and herbaceous perennials may be traditionally associated with our great country house gardens, their other important role was to produce top quality fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the property owners. Here are three top gardens in Cheshire featuring walled

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens - April Sunshine in Temple Garden

Spring at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

First published on my previous blog – May 2013 It might be running a few weeks late, but spring has finally arrived in this corner of the UK. My challenge in late April and early May has been to capture the blossom, the daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers in

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