Reclaiming the Garden

How often do you see junk in peoples gardens? Old chairs, wooden planks and every so often an old bathtub will litter people’s lawns. Removing bulky objects can be an expensive and laborious task. Sometimes this will even build up until it becomes a bit of an eyesore, however there are plenty of ways to integrate discarded objects into your garden without even removing them.

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I saw this beautiful gold painted bathtub in an old winter garden in Christchurch, New Zealand. After the earthquake countless homes were left badly damaged or destroyed completely. This affected gardens too, but nature has a great way of recovering and this particular garden has been transformed not lost. This old bathtub was painted in gold and placed in a disused glasshouse, as the plants have flourished they have almost engulfed the bathtub making it a central part of the winter garden.

Jennifer Newman Studio’s M-Bamboo Table

Jennifer Newman Studio will be showcasing their new M-Bamboo table at Clerkenwell Design Week this week.

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The M-Bamboo table is the first product designed by the Studio that incorporates bamboo surfaces. And because bamboo is a fast growing, replenishable grass it is also a sustainable resource.

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When bamboo is compressed in to solid material it initially has the appearance of a high quality semi-hard wood, it transforms into a dark hardwood following treatment to avoid bacterial degradation for use outside.

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The table comes in a dark chocolate coloured top for use outside or inside, or in a light caramel top for inside use only.

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The frame of the M-Bamboo table is made of powder-coated aluminium as is the M-Bench which fits the table perfectly.

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Jennifer Newman Studio will be exhibiting their designs in the Farmiloe Building at Clerkenwell Design Week from the 21st-23rd of May.

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Sustainable Design Ideas: Ellerslie Garden Show

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It may look like a moss covered traditional living room, but there is much more to this garden than meets the eye. If you look a little closer you may spot the salvaged plank table/greenhouse and the bottle plant pots attached to the walls.

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The garden was designed using reused materials and gained a considerable amount of attention and praise at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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This garden was created by Grant Stephens & Rebecca Hammond, H & S Landscape Design. They named it REVOLUTIONISING REUSE.

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“Natives and perennials [plants] meet to create and enhance a contemporary courtyard garden that provides outdoor living while challenging the perception of reusing discarded objects.”

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It shows that reuse and salvage can be applied to landscape design as well as in the interiors. This garden is innovative and beautiful, allowing the public to gather great ideas for their own homes.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Garden Chair, Bath

Garden chair just below Camden Crescent in Bath, North East Somerset. Camden Crescent was built in 1788 and is comprised of a number of Grade I listed buildings. Part of Camden Crescent was destroyed in a landslide in 1889 and is now a park covering the steep hill in front of the remaining part of the crescent. The chair was on a small cleared patch of grass next to the arches that support the road looking onto the park.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Garden chairs Cotswolds, England

Garden chairs in the Cotswolds, England