Claudia de Yong changes direction
After many years of running her own successful 'design and build' garden business (Claudia de Yong Designs) in West Sussex, Claudia is changing direction to work as a consultant for business and private clients. This will allow her to focus primarily on offering a specialist planting service as well as developing the ever expanding garden-styling side of the business. Moreover, it will capitalise on Claudia's extensive planting expertise, and her many years of experience in the horticulture industry working for a range of prestigious clients.
Claudia writes regularly for main stream magazines, both on and off-line, including a monthly column for Houzz UK. She is also frequently engaged by business clients to collaborate on projects including gardens at high profile events such as the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court and the BBC's Gardeners World Live show.
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Landscaping Award success for West Sussex based Claudia de Yong Designs
On 13 March 2013 the annual Association of Professional Landscapers Awards was held in London’s most famous roof garden in Kensington and I was very excited as Claudia de Yong Designs won the Hard Landscaping category.
The awards recognize and promote the very best in Landscaping and to win an award highlights the high standard achieved by the Landscaper.
The judges commented that it was "a very technical piece of work of immaculate quality built to a high standard. A scheme, which as it matures, will get even better."
Plant Heritage 2012
We were asked by the RHS and Plant Heritage to design and build a central feature display which shows where our plants have originated from in the 5 Continents. This was a real challenge researching to get every species correct for each Continent and put into a display measuring 14 m by 3m at the widest. It is quite incredible to see how many of our nation's favourite plants have travelled thousands of miles over the last few centuries and have come into British cultivation. The display was awarded a Silver Lindley Medal.
The marquee was opened by Allys Fowler and seven collection holders from the Uk's 650 collection holders had stands which displayed their plants , sharing tips and offering advice.
eFig Office Plant of the Year 2012
I was invited by eFig and Ian Drummond , Creative Director at Indoor Garden Design to again join three other judges for Office Plant of the Year.
The judging takes place in Highgate, North London at Indoor Garden’s Headquarters and despite being the hottest day of the year so far and the first day of the Olympic Lanes being operational, I managed after three hours to arrive in time from Sussex.
I was joined this year by fellow judge Mathew Appleby of Horticultural Week and two new faces, Phil Evans of Planteria News and Rhiannon James, of The City Planter.
The three plants this year which had been narrowed down by voters who were asked ‘ Which plant makes you feel good, has a calming effect or you just like being round?’ were:
We all sat at a table deliberating and getting up at times to have a closer look at the three plants, which were displayed, in the room. The Vanda Orchid was hanging down with its wonderful root system on full display and vivid purple blooms adorning its head. The Ficus was magnificent specimen with a twisted trunk but the poor Sansevieria looked lost and alone in a small pot in the middle.
However, probably due to the heat we decided quite swiftly three to one that the Vanda Orchid would take first place and despite the Sansevieria looking a bit pathetic it actually tied for second place with the Ficus as we all agreed it does look great when planted en mass which is how it would be in an office situation and looks just as sleek and architectural as the Ficus does.
The main message for this process is to help people understand the health benefits of having plants in an office environment.
Plants are not there simply for aesthetics but to aid the purification of the air, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and performance, affect our creativity and generally increase a good feel factor.
I suggested to Ian that next year the judging should take place in the South of France. Not sure I will get my way or even be asked back!
Plant Heritage - Hampton Court Flower Show 2012
A chance meeting last year at The RHS Press event with Jo Jones form Plant Heritage , I was asked to design a water feature for the Plant Heritage Marquee at Hampton Court Flower Show. The small water feature then turned into a few months ago , designing and building Five Continents ! The Marquee is also sponsored by the RHS so the nerves kicked in as I realised that this would be judged not only on aesthetics but also scientific accuracy. Every plant has to be native to it's Continent.
Mick and I have spent the last few days building the large central feature which runs down the centre of the Marquee. Collection holders for some of Britain's National Collections of plants flank the outside of the Marquee. It has been a tough task with just the two of us and sourcing the plants has also been tough. I was lucky to have some wonderful specimens from Big Plant in Sussex. Bruce knows his stuff and we selected some lovely plants which cover most of the Continents. Wisley plant Centre were also very helpful, with Arlene going round with me hand picking.
We are nearly on the last leg and Bob Sweet Show Director came over yesterday to congratulate me which makes the 10 hour days more worthwhile!