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Emma Plunket, Wild meadow garden Peak District (CHES)

Styles: Rural, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South

Exposure: Exposed

Naturalistic biodiverse garden for Peak District estate set in stunning but exposed position. Creation of new garden with sweeps of meadows and wild planting and turf paths down to the stream. Combines British native wildflower turf with colourful perennial and annual ornamental meadows. Informal trees with fruit and berries underplanted with Rugosa Roses, Nepeta and Geranium to provide additional nectar and fruit for wildlife.

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Emma Plunket

Emma Plunket

About me
I am a professional garden designer and horticultural adviser, working from my studio in Hammersmith London to create gardens across London, the Home Counties and the UK. My gardens have featured in Alan Titchmarsh's 'Love Your Garden' and BBC2's 'Open Gardens', in books and magazines and open for the National Garden Scheme. I am a member of the Society of Garden Designers, Committee Member of the RHS, run workshops and talk and write about gardens.

Gardening expertise
Professional

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Creating a wild meadow garden in the Peak District planted for biodiversity and wildlife. Swathes of colourful ornamental and native meadows planted with Apple and Plum trees, Rowans, Rugosa Roses and ground cover sweep down to the river. The season of interest for visitors and wildlife is extended using bulbs, fruit, berries and hips and leaving seed heads and ornamental grasses standing.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Developing my horticultural expertise to allow my gardens to cope with the extremes of the British climate and the influx of foreign bugs and viruses. Using plant selection to offer my clients lower maintenance and longer lasting planting. Learning alongside international and RHS scientists specialising in latest techniques in tree care, soil science, pest & diseases etc.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Creating a 'brown roof' for a development in Tower Hamlets, liaising with Planning to meet biodiversity and sustainability targets. In contrast to planning a naturalistic river-side garden in rural Hampshire around a natural swimming pond.

On the web
Blog: www.plunketgardens.com
Twitter: @Gardensinlondon
Facebook: www.facebook.com/plunketgardens
YouTube: www.youtube.com/plunketgardens

Emma Plunket's forum posts

NGS Hammersmith designer garden 13 June 2017
Fri. 20th January 2017 11:26

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