Author Archives: Jo Smith

Garden Care During A Dry Spell

With Summer on the horizon and temperatures on the rise, now is the time to get organised to ensure your garden is getting enough water to keep it looking at its best.

Watering your trees, shrubs and plants can feel like a thankless task. And don’t forget your lawn, particularly if newly laid, which needs regular watering to keep it green and healthy. Watering doesn’t have to be a chore, however, as there are many watering and irrigation systems out there to make our lives a lot easier.

Knowing when to water and what to prioritise will not only save you time, but also help conserve our precious water reserves.

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A Garden design to improve quality of life while adding value to a home

A Case Study: Why a new garden design was needed.

Steve and Jane came to GreenArt in search of a new garden design in the Autumn of 2021 after seeing the work of the Care & Development garden maintenance Team at another property in Benson.

They had lived in their 1930s’ home for over 10 years, during which time they extended and fully re-furbished the interior, to create a family home that would see them into retirement. An outdoor office built in 2018 allows Steve to work from home, but the view into the garden from both home and office was uninspiring.

The 50m long garden was substantial and well-established but provided little visual stimulation when working from home, nor was it practical for entertaining or to have a place to relax in after work.

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GreenArt’s Charities of the Year

We have teamed up with 2 fantastic charities to create the Kaleidoscope Garden at Oxford’s Helen & Douglas House and another to promote health, educate others & offer support to those suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

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Race to the Stones 2017

After months of training and over 1200K covered across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, we’re all set for Race to the Stones this weekend.

If you’d like to come out to support us, we’d love to see you so here’s where we reckon we’ll be during the course of the two days – give or take 30 minutes either side. Whether it’s a quick wave and shout out or you fancy jogging along or walking with us, it would be great to see you to help us keep going for 100K.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Neither George or I could make it to the Chelsea Flower Show this year so we asked our client Nicola, who despite having recently broken her foot and being confined to a wheelchair, braved the crowds to give us her very own report. As a lady who knows what she likes, this is what she said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Chelsea (Trevor not so much as he had to wheel me around in my wheelchair all day, so he was rather exhausted)! To be quite honest I had hoped to see more inspirational gardens. Perhaps we’ve just been a bit spoilt with what you’ve done as there were a considerable amount of plants and flowers that we could tick off, as you’d already put them in our garden! So, no garden envy for me”. Continue reading…

The makings of a great team

As part of our plans to grow GreenArt and make it the best garden design and landscaping outfit in Oxfordshire, we’ve welcomed two new members to the team this month; Luke as a Trainee Landscaper and Suzy as Operations Support Administrator. We’ll let you know how they’re getting on once they’ve had a chance to settle in. In the meantime, we thought we’d introduce John who joined us last year. John shows that you don’t have to have any experience to join our team, just a positive and enthusiastic attitude, willingness to learn and work hard.

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Container gardening – grand designs on a small scale

I recently treated myself to a day at the Cotswold Gardening School to refresh my skills in Container Gardening and get some inspiration from Caroline Tatham, the award-winning designer and lecturer. I certainly achieved both goals with the added bonus of rekindling my love of art and the works of the Impressionist painters in particular – more of that later.

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