July/August Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest events and courses, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior design problems.

‘What a worry the vagaries of fashion in gardening are. One year we are all euphorbias or alliums. Then dahlias make a spectacular come-back, from nowhere. Now grasses, hot colours, hellebores, maybe fuchsias are the thing - it’s hard to keep up with. But, for a relaxed and easy life I feel the all-green garden is the thing - no colour and a very limited plant palette. Shape, leaf texture and the infinite ranges of the colour green are what make gardens exciting for me. This works especially well with an element of clipping and topiary - simple geometric shapes that contrast well with free-form growth. Forget colour and go green - it saves a lot of worry on the fashion front!’ George Carter, garden and exhibition designer (tel:01632 668130)
George Carter’s book Garden Space has just been published in paperback by Mitchell Beazley at £14.99 (to order in the UK call 01903 828800). His new Garden of Surprises (with water features, and a mirror maze) at Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire has just opened to the public.
Don't miss this month
If you're quick you can still get to The House & Garden/Daily Telegraph Fair at Olympia (27-30 June). Come and visit House and Garden Addresses on stand B2, and meet us! Book a ticket at the special price of £13 and bring a guest for £7. Call 0870 1212525 and quote HG31, or see:
A big thank you to Genesis Imaging for the production and installation of our giant home page (look at their vast range of photographic and display graphics services on, and to Emily Readett-Bayley for lending us the sweet white-washed driftwood-style stools. She is also exhibiting at the Fair
Salvo Fair (30 June, 1 July) takes place at Knebworth, Hertfordshire: this is the world’s ONLY architectural salvage fair. Set in 5 acres of the beautiful deer park, there will be workshops from wooden bucket making to thatching. Look at stone paving, a Serbian smoke-house, a sentry box from Whitechapel, a vast array of old building materials, plus a selection of vintage wallpapers. The Pot, the Vessel and the Object (27 June-1 Sept) Aberystwyth Arts Centre. A coming together of the wildly different approaches that potters and artists take with the use of clay - the beautifully practical, the functionally intriguing and the purely aesthetic, this is an inspirational exhibition of work from over 40 of the UK’s most exciting artists and potters. Tel: 01970 621631 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July) In the sumptuous and sprawling grounds of Hampton Court, this year’s show focuses on gardens that provide both food and a regard for the environment-visit Francesca Cleary & Ian Lawrence’s ‘Mange Tout’ - a decorative vegetable garden where everything, including the flowers, are edible. And Chris Beardshaw’s ‘The Growing Schools Garden-Learning Outside the Classroom’, where over 30 schools have collaborated in designing, planting and growing the garden. Hampton Court is also home to The Festival of Roses - the largest annual gathering of roses in full bloom. Ticket Hotline 0870 842 2234 The Garden Sale, Bonhams Bond St, London (16 July)
Bonhams is holding their first sale dedicated to the glory of the garden. The sale will include items of horticultural interest including pictures, prints, ceramics, glass, books, furniture, garden statuary, silver and objets d’art.
National Trust: Behind the Scenes During July and August the National Trust is organising visits at some of its most fascinating properties. Go beyond the rope and explore the attics, cellars, gardens and roof tops of Ham House, Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. You can even watch the Engine Rooms’ maintenance at Souter Lighthouse in Tyne & Weir.

Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service - this month it's bathrooms... Q: I have a lovely old cast iron bath that is showing the ravages of time. I have tried temporary re-enamelling solutions, but the bath never looks any better. What do you recommend?
A: Re-enamelling the bath in situ is very much a temporary solution and rarely stands the test of time. Drummonds ( use a ‘dry frit’ vitreous re-enamelling process, a traditional method used by the Victorians, which guarantees an incredibly hard, durable finish. The bath is sent away, shot-blasted back to bare metal, then enamelled with five coats and sent back home with a 25 year guarantee.
Q: I am looking for a narrow bath, say 550mm or slightly more at the narrowest end (but can be standard width or more at the other) but I would still like it to be a standard length e.g. 1700mm. All the narrow baths I have seen so far are also shorter than standard.
A: Bette make baths in all sorts of widths, lengths, and configurations. Edwins stock their range Alternatively have a bath custom-made for you in any shape, size, and finish by Cabuchon Bathforms They use a solid composite called Ficore®, which can be made in any colour.

Sources of the month The Georgian House For the purist house hunter who doesn’t want the distraction of looking at other types of architecture, there is now an agency specialising in finding homes from the Age of Elegance. Contact The Georgian House on 08456 344069 or log on to Butcher Plasterworks in North London are one of the few remaining specialists in decorative plasterwork. They offer both traditional designs (Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England, no less, are among their clients) and contemporary (see the 3-dimensional curves for Alexander McQueen’s futuristic shop on New Bond Street). They also restore and replicate patterned ceilings and ornate cornice sections.