what we offer
turf, fine lawns & and hay-field management : wildflower meadows : fruit & vegetable growing : pest & disease management : hedge cutting & topiary : hedge-laying & pleaching : tree, shrub and perennial pruning: fruit tree care and pruning : plant propagation : glass-house keeping : espalier & fan training : hot beds : interiors & orangeries : vines & vineyards : golf greens, tennis courts & croquet lawns : coppicing and green wood use : ponds & lakes : garden & landscape architectural consultants
Gardening & Estate Management
At the outset we offer our clients with an honest approach to gardening. We pride ourselves in our extensive knowledge of many practices, both modern and traditional. Our exquisite services are primarily aimed at larger gardens , but we are always happy to look at smaller projects. Over the years we have gained experience of many environments and styles, but our main focus is on plant knowledge for which we are experts.
Over recent years we have extended our knowledge to managing small estates and small-holdings, which include the upkeep of grape vines, hay meadows and other farm related issues. We can also take responsibility for animals if necessary. If the job is too specialised, Guy has many contacts within the industry who can facilitate your needs, from building permanent structures safely, ploughing fields and installing vineyards to installing commissioned artworks.
Garden Reconstruction and Restoration
If you have a more historically inspired or indeed an historically important garden Guy has a degree in Design History and has a wealth of experience in working to many different styles, from the Renaissance to Modernism. We can offer clients a Historical Reconstruction and Installation Service following strict historical records or, historically accurate planting combined with existing features.
As a company, we do not undertake hard-landscaping or building work of any kind, but do use or can recommend companies that undertake such work if that is what is required.
Architectural Design Consultants
Having studied design extensively, Guy is excited to explore ideas with other designers in his online cartulary THE GARDEN DESIGNERS GUILD. Discussing ideas with sound designers, graphic artists, painters, sculptors, fashion designers, ceramic artists, architects, film directors, garden designers, environmentalists and anybody who has been involved in or influenced by design, the magazine attempts to open avenues of thought. Differing from other magazines,it is not always flattering, pointing out flaws, re-imaging the sacred, creating iconoclasts.
Accordingly Guy is not afraid of being involved in design consultancy work, having worked closely with other designers in the past. If you would like him to oversee or cross-reference a project please contact us. Alternatively, if you want a second opinion, we would strongly recommend Taylor Tripp of Winchester.
Lectures and Talks.
Guy is very keen to help other gain knowledge. His talks and lectures are both quirky and informative.
A current list of talks include:
Sun Tzu in the garden:
Sun Tzu was a Chinese general and military strategist. Required reading at both Sandhurst and Harvard Business School, his book ‘The Art of War’ has a surprising relevance to fighting pests and diseases in the garden. This talk is a light-hearted and informative look at his military strategy for dominance on the battlefield that really does help tame garden pest and disease.
It starts with the soil:
Soil science is vital to knowing your garden, yet is often over-looked. In order for a garden to grow properly – with all the health and vigour that we aspire to achieve – understanding this most vital of subjects is key. This is a rough guide to getting to know the very stuff your garden needs to survive!
- Singapore Botanic Gardens:
An insider’s view of Guy Deakins’ volunteering at the National Orchid Collection in Singapore. He spent the time working alongside the Head Gardener in the world famous Orchid Garden. Included in the talk are many photographs from behind the scenes in the nurseries as well as a look back at history.
Restoration, Renovation, Reworking:
An illustrated guide on how to approach a garden of historical importance. How can we preserve and restore our national heritage? Guy has for many years been renovating, restoring and has worked with garden owners to restore some of the country’s hidden historical gems. This talk is a visual treat for those who want to see some secret gardens or learn more about conservation or historical reworking.
The name Deakins has been associated with horticulture and design since at least the Victorian era, Guy Deakins (BA Hons. ANC Hort.) being just the latest member to be involved in what is evidently a family tradition. In fact he has a lot to live up to, his father and grandfather having historically listed designs to their names.
Since starting the business in 1999, the company has gained experience in many differing environments from small courtyards in the heart of the city, roof gardens and fen gardens to the windswept beach-side formal gardens of a well respected Hotel, with just about every variation in between.
For more information on gardens and designs that inspire Guy, visit The Garden Designers Guild.
Whilst we are fully certified, qualified and trained to the highest degree, old garden lore is our bible.
(They knew a thing or two in them there days)
If you would like to find out more, or need advice, please contact us via email or phone for more details.
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