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Kinetic Musical Troughs and Colour – a glance back at RHS Chelsea 2017.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  Beneath A Mexican Sky garden,Taking my first peek at the show last year on the Sunday before press day,  Manoj Malde’s ‘Beneath a Mexican Sky’ garden stopped me in my tracks with it’s in your face bold use of colour. Having spent some time in Mexico myself I know that Mexicans are not shy of using colour.

Manoj’s garden had a quiet, relaxed feeling to it and had one of my favourite plants Agave Americana, showing the blue green colours against the orange wall and turquoise water feature.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  Beneath A Mexican Sky garden,

Walking around taking in the show gardens I noticed that there seemed to be a predominant colour palette of reds, oranges and yellows coming through, as seen here in Charlotte Harris’s RBC Garden with planting of Aquilegia canadensis with Zizia aurea.Photographer: Stephen Studd, The Royal Bank of Canada Garden,  D

The Hagakure Hidden Leaves garden designed by Shuko Noda was framed in red, picturing another tranquil, peaceful and calming space._MG_8459

As a professional garden photographer at Chelsea, I know that one of the hardest spots for a garden designer to fill is the one that Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins ‘The Silk Road’ garden filled dramatically and really showcased the colour scheme of yellows, reds and oranges in such a large scale._MG_8674The Viking Cruises ‘Garden of Inspiration’ by Sarah Eberle had bright vivid mosaics and of course the orange tree to take you straight to the Med._MG_8464The Breast Cancer Now Garden: Through the Microscope designed by Ruth Willmott_MG_8611used the colour palette of oranges, reds and yellows to great effect._MG_8613

A new feature at the show in 2017 were the BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens, which were designed to uplift the senses and encourage people to lose themselves in the sights, scents, sounds, flavours and textures.

The Zoe Ball Listening Garden, designed by Skipper of the light fandango, James Alexander-Sinclair was another show stopper with the kinetic musical troughs. They were mesmerizing, just watching the sound waves ripple on the water and seeing what patterns they produced _MG_8504with the occasional splash from deep bass sound, a novel idea well executed._MG_8507The Anneka Rice ‘Colour Cutting’ garden designed by Sarah Raven was a colourful garden which had a lovely retro, nostalgic feel to it._MG_8731

The garden was a riot of colour which was blended together with great talent._MG_9075

As an allotment holder, the Chris Evans ‘Taste Garden’ designed by Jon Wheatley, reminded me of visits as a young child to my Uncle Harry’s garden in Ipswich, whilst giving me allotment envy.Photographer: Stephen Studd - The BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Taste Garden garden, from right to left: Cabbage 'Red Jewel, Kale 'Reflex' Kale 'Redbor', lettuce 'Red Iceberg', Leek 'Cumbria', with nasturtium 'Tall mixed', sweetcorn 'Sundance', runner bean 'StThe vegetable garden also reflected the warm colours of reds and bronzes.Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Taste Garden garden, Lettuce from right to left, 'Red Iceberg', 'Nymans', 'Lettony', Designer: Jon Wheatley

The Jeremy Vine ‘Texture Garden’ designed by Matt Keightley had so many great design ideas packed in to a small space, wow what a wall that was and great use of oversized irregular-shaped paving stones that created a feeling of space.Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Texture Garden, Stone path over pond, concrete wall inlaid with moss balls, Acer Griseum, Euphorbia 'Fens Ruby',  Euphorbia 'Whistleberry Garnet',  Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', Stipa tenuiMatt’s sumptuous planting truly showcased beautiful flower, grass and conifer plant combinations alike.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Texture Garden, Acer Griseum, Prunus serrula, Iris germanica 'Kent Pride', Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', Pinus mugo 'Mughus', Pinus mugo 'Pumilio', Stipa tenuissima, Calamagrostis x acutifl
Prunus serrula, Iris germanica ‘Kent Pride’, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, Pinus mugo ‘Mughus’ & ‘Pumilio’, Stipa tenuissima, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Melica altissima ‘Alba’, Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’

His garden really stood out with the combination of textures in it and coppery red tones with the grasses catching the sunlight transforming their colours whilst waving gently in the wind.Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Texture Garden, Verbascum 'Firedance', Iris germanica 'Kent Pride', Stipa tenuissima, Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Calamagrostis brachytricha, M

Copper was used to great effect in Charlotte Harriss’s garden with the patinated copper pavilion._MG_8744

The sunrise light on the Breaking Ground garden, designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam had a striking copper wall and Stipa gigantean and other grasses again absorbing the warm morning light.Photographer: Stephen Studd - The Breaking Ground Garden, Sunrise over the garden, Stipa gigantica, Melica altissima 'Alba', Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', Salvia greggii 'Nachtvlinder', Verbascum phoeniculum 'Violetta', Pimpinella major 'Rosea', Designer:

Finally the RHS ‘Greening Grey Britain‘ garden designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett was brimming full of take away ideas. The living roof over the wheelie bins, growing herbs and edibles was a great idea, even down to the wooden legs with drilled holes for solitary insects._MG_9143-EditThe very contemporary urban garden showcased the principles of sustainable rainwater management, with naturalistic informal planting set against the strong shapes and forms of the paths and hard surfaces. Greening Grey Britain Garden Nigel Dunnett RHS Chelsea Flower ShThe RHS ‘Greening Grey Britain‘ campaign is addressing the fact that we are paving over the UK, which is harmful to wildlife and is damaging to the nation’s health, whilst putting homes at more risk from flooding. Working with communities to transform neglected spaces into beautiful ones, researching about plants that can make the most difference to the environment and showcasing inspirational gardening at their shows and gardens. These spaces at the shows are always inspirational as they are achievable in our own spaces, no matter how small they are, helping everyonewith ideas to “get Greening Grey Britain, one plant at a time.”  _MG_8436

With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 countdown on, I look forward to seeing the new trends in garden design at the show this year.Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Texture Garden, sun reflected in small pond, Verbascum 'Firedance', Pinus mugo, Stipa tenuissima, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Calamagrostis brachytricha, Melica altissima 'Alba'


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IGPOTY Awards 2015; Behind the Photos

 

 

The International Garden Photographer of the Year awards have just been announced, I was Commended in the Beautiful Gardens category for this shot of Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Morocco, Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle (Yves Saint Laurent Garden)

I visited the garden a number of times as I was in Marrakech 10 days early before guests turned up for a photography city break I run there. The garden is a photographers dream with its bold colours and planting. The cobalt blue walls are a great backdrop to any plants in pots. The plant in this pot was just catching some sunlight giving depth to the composition.

I also converted it to black and white, and was going to send this one instead as I liked the simplicity of the shot.

Which one do you prefer?

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I was also Highly Commended in the Monochrome category for this shot of Chitting Potatoes.

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Chitting Potatoes

This was taken with my 100mm Canon macro lens, shot in a north facing window in natural light. It was the two shoots that caught my eye as they looked like weird alien cartoon characters. Even from the simplest of subjects you can find something to photograph with the macro lens.

Congratulations to Magdalena Wasiczek for her overall winning shot: The Ballerinas

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Print Gallery

After many requests for prints of my photography I have now started to roll out a new Print Gallery on my website, with three different print sizes.

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The Prints gallery has travel & flower photography sections. I will be adding new collections throughout the year. To visit the gallery please follow the link to my website.: www.stephenstuddphotography.com

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I have also set up a new Etsy shop with photographic prints of flowers, this will be added to over time with travel prints too.

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Bluebells flower photography workshops April 2018

I will be hosting two photography workshops in April 2018 to my favourite woodlands for wild flower photography.

The Bluebells in the Forest of Dean are one of natures wonders, a sea of blue under the fresh green canopy of beech leaves.

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For this photography workshop there will be a maximum of 8 guests.

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Bluebells flower photography workshop

These workshops are for all levels of photographer with small group sizes.

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Behind the photographs IGPOTY

Wild Garlic (Ramsons) Stroud, Gloucestershire; commended Wildflower Landscapes category

Wild garlic (Ramsons) Stroud, Gloucestershire; commended Wildflower Landscapes category

Wild garlic (Ramsons) Stroud, Gloucestershire; commended Wildflower Landscapes category

This shot was from a commission to photograph medicinal plants for the book; The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby. It is one of my favourite woodlands in springtime when the wild garlic flowers carpet the wood and the new fresh leaves of the trees all burst into life, the aroma in the woods is intoxicating. For this shot it was a pre sunrise start, getting in the woods at this time is such a treat as sometimes deer can be spotted and there is an air of calmness and peace.

After reading the published book, I now forage a few wild garlic leaves to make a medicine to keep colds at bay in winter and also use them in the kitchen.

Fractal Begonia; commended in the Macro Art category.

Begonia Rex L`Escargot IGPOTY Fractal Begonia commended by Stephen Studd photography

Fractal Begonia; commended in Macro Art category

I was photographing the show gardens at Malvern spring gardening show when I came across this Begonia which really caught my eye as backlit it really added another depth to the small leaf. The backlighting really showed off a translucent quality to the leaf showing its flame red veins and patternation.  I am fascinated by the repeated fractal patterns found in nature and thought this Begonia leaf displayed a perfect fractal.

The leaf was backlit just after dawn for no more than 10 minutes and the light and pattern changed considerably in that time. I used a 100mm Canon macro lens for the shot. The result is a straight shot of the fractal leaf backlit in dawn light.

Commended in the Monochrome category;  Winter Reflection.

Winter reflection Painswick Rococo Garden

Winter reflection, Painswick Rococo Garden; Commended Monochrome category

I had gone to photograph the extensive collection of snowdrops at the Rococo Garden, Painswick, on an early winter morning when there had been the first flurry of winter snow of  2012. The morning was very still and calm creating a perfect reflection in the lake. The low level light filtering through the orchard and catching the Exedra and Red House added to the atmosphere.

The image was converted to black and white as the Rococo garden has a timeless quality which I wanted to capture.

In Lightroom 3 the image was converted to black and white. Then the image was split toned with warmth in the highlights and coolness in the shadows to give it the feel of an old Kentmere paper image. Kentona paper was one of my favourite old photographic papers in the days when I wet processed black and white images as it had a lovely warm tone to it.

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Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

This years Malvern Spring Gardening Show started off very wet and muddy. The show garden designers had it tough on the lead up to the show with record amounts of rain. Thankfully the show went on and after a wet start to Thursday the subsequent days were dry and sunny.

Graduate Gardeners Ltd garden “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison gained them their 5th gold and fourth in a row Best Show Garden.  The vertical fern wall and stainless steel water chute  was a much talked about feature.

Vertical gardening featuring fern wall and water feature "A Place to Reflect", designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Vertical living fern wall and stainless steel water chute; Graduate Gardeners Ltd “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Gold and Best in Show Garden

The seating area backed by a highly skilled laid Cotswold dry stone wall and a circular butterfly garden wall feature.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Seating area and Cotswold dry stone wall

Stepping stones over a black pebble pool lead you to the rear of the garden.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold & Best in Show, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar (A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens, the alchemists of stone, with Villagio Verde`s ancient olive trees amongst the cascades of water and the Mediterranean herbs on the slope at 5.30am sunrise transported me to the Alpujarras in Spain, especially with the deep cyan sky and warm light.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary drift around the garden.

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

The refreshing water cascade running down two sides of the garden over reclaimed stone run into a deep cavern.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The cascade running down both sides of the garden disappear in to a cavern.

 

“Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associates was a large show garden with an amazing green oak pergola reminiscent of a barn frame, paved underneath, with a rill running through the garden into the wildlife pond.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Green Oak pergola; “Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The rill runs straight through the garden over the path under the pergola with a gentle flow to the wildlife pond which is edged with Primulas and Geums.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Rill flowing through the garden into the wildlife pond

Hanging over a formal pool is a seat attached to a grand green oak frame.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

 

The theme for the School Gardens was Sustainability for All. Our future young designers gave us lots of very useful and practical ideas for reducing waste and reusing materials for living in a more sustainable way.

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

With the very difficult conditions we have experienced in Spring the floral Marquee still managed to put on a great display, though many of the nurseries had needed better conditions for full bloom.

My favourite flower at the show was Meconopsis Sheldonii- Himalayan Blue Poppy, photographed from underneath looking up in to the flower.

Meconopsis Sheldonii  - Himalayan Blue Poppy

Meconopsis Sheldonii – Himalayan Blue Poppy

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RHS Show Cardiff 2012

This was my first visit to Cardiff RHS show and won`t be the last. The date of the show coincided with National Gardening Week.

Having previously lived in the Mumbles for seven years I am familiar with this part of the world and its weather. Moving away from Wales was tough as there is such spectacular landscape and people. Arriving on the Thursday, build up day, I had a little look around the show gardens then headed straight up the A470 towards Brecon for an afternoon in nature around the foothills of Pen Y Fan. What a beautiful afternoon it was, sun, showers, hail, rainbows and really clear fresh air, blowing away any cobwebs and making the soul feel whole and alive also remembering why I had loved living in Wales.

My walk up in the Brecon Beacons made me think of all the elements that make up garden photography, which to me are landscape, portrait and travel photography. I really enjoy photographing show gardens as I like their transient nature and admire all the hard work and thought that has gone in to making them for that short period of time that they are there.

As a professional garden photographer I am asked what do you do when there is no sunshine. The answer being it really doesn`t matter as there are photo opportunities in all weather, much the same as in landscape photography, though dull battleship grey blanket cloud with fine mizzle is the least favourite!

Having seen the weather forecast on the Thursday I knew I was to be blessed with some changeable weather which would keep me on my toes. Also as an outdoor photographer for over 20 years you get a good feeling about how your next dawn will be and I was looking forward to my 5.30am start.

What a beauty it was, the air still and at sunrise that beautiful orange glow with some dark clouds hovering around, a good start.

Show Gardens

“Naturalistic” a garden designed by Harry Rich of Rich Landscapes reminded me of my afternoon walk up at Pen Y Fan as it had beautifully built curved Brecon dry stone walls and little undulating mounds. The garden also had wave shaped hand crafted hazel hurdles on some of the boundaries reminiscent of the shape of Pen Y Fan.

"Naturalistic" Designed by Harry Rich awarded Best in Show and Silver Gilt RHS Show Cardiff 2012

"Naturalistic" Designed by Harry Rich awarded Best in Show and Silver Gilt RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Harry`s garden was awarded Best in Show. It was a garden that could be viewed from all four sides. To the back of the garden the Box balls, Dicentra and Hosta had great shape and colour when photographed backlit in early morning light.

"Naturalistic" Designed by Harry Rich awarded Best in Show and Silver Gilt RHS Show Cardiff 2012

"Naturalistic" Designed by Harry Rich, Box balls, Hosta and Dicentra behind Brecon dry stone wall

There was an intimate wooden seating and fire area on top of reclaimed oak timber boards towards the back of the garden.

"Naturalistic" Designed by Harry Rich awarded Best in Show and Silver Gilt RHS Show Cardiff 2012

"Naturalistic" seating area

“Off the Shelf” designed by Gaynor Witchard whose concept was to design a low maintenance contemporary garden with materials that could literally be brought “off the shelf” from garden centres or builders merchants did so with style.

"Off the Shelf" Designed by Gaynor Witchard Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

"Off the Shelf" Designed by Gaynor Witchard Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

The polished sandstone really lifted the light levels.

"Off the Shelf" Designed by Gaynor Witchard Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Cordyline australis in containers

"Off the Shelf" Designed by Gaynor Witchard Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Quiet corner seating

"Off the Shelf" Designed by Gaynor Witchard Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Water feature with bamboos against contemporary wall

“Regeneration” designed by Dewin Designs, Jane Grehan & David Lewis embodied the saying reduce, reuse, recycle as it was a garden made from reused materials and was awarded Silver gilt. On my own organic allotment I use reused materials so I really related to this garden.

"Regeneration" Designed by Dewin Designs, Jane Grehan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

"Regeneration" Designed by Dewin Designs, Jane Grehan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

The boundary was made from sanded and painted pallets, planted to soften its look and drilled wooden logs added for solitary bee homes. The shape of the garden was based around the unfurling fern in spring.

The water feature was on two levels made from off cuts from Welsh roofing slate and had a great old spade water outlet with curved seats made from old scaffold planks sat on top of old grates.

"Regeneration" Designed by Jane Grehan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Water feature and seating area made from reused materials.

"Regeneration" Designed by Jane Grehan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Great use for reusing old broken spades

“A Growing Community”by LLandaff North Residents Associaition with Cardiff Council designed by Stephanie Wilkins was a garden about community. It was designed to bring community together by using unused space and after consulting the community an informal planting scheme was decided upon. The garden was awarded Bronze.

"A Growing Community" Llandaff North Residents Association designed by Stephanie Wilkins

"A Growing Community" Llandaff North Residents Association designed by Stephanie Wilkins

“A Dream Journey”  Arriva Trains designed by Bridgend College highlighted the environmental and personal benefits of travelling by train.

"A Dream Journey" Designed by Bridgend College

"A Dream Journey" Designed by Bridgend College

Show Features

“Urban Oasis” Groundwork UK & the RHS designed by Chris Beardshaw showed how derelict places can be transformed with clever design turning them into `green` spaces that can be used for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

Awarded Best in Show Feature.

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012. Awarded Best in Show feature. Derelict side

The planting on the designed space;

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Planting on the designed space

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Seating area and water feature

Testament that it could be used by people and wildlife, these ducks were waking up at dawn on top of one of the walls of the garden.

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Ducks in the Urban Oasis at dawn

“A Spring Allotment” Designed by Chris Smith of Pennard Plants replicated what is growing on an allotment at this time of year.

A Spring Allotment designed by Chris Smith of Pennard Plants

A Spring Allotment designed by Chris Smith of Pennard Plants with terracotta rhubarb forcer

Finally walking around the floral pavillion I am always on the look out for eye catching plants. On my last evening at the show I got to photograph this Protea hybrid from the Trewidden Nursery stand. This was taken with a 180mm Canon macro lens with a 4 second exposure. When using such slow exposures its vital that the plant is totally still as it was this evening as the show was closed and most people had left the pavillion.

Protea hybrid from Trewidden Nursery

Protea hybrid from Trewidden Nursery

Now its time to get up my allotment and harvest some of my own rhubarb after seeing the Pennard Plants display.