The April checklist with Dan Pearson for The Observer

Here’s April’s shoot with Dan Pearson from Sunday’s Observer.

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Tilley Printers

This was a shoot I covered for Homes & Antiques at Tilley Printers in Ledbury, a ‘jobbing letterpress Printers’ still housed in it’s original premises since 1875. Martin Clark is the Master Printer who is the present proprietor who began his 5 year apprenticeship at the age of 15. It was remarkable to see all the original machines in action and the quality of print was absolutely beautiful.

Tilley Printing 01

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Tilley Printing 02

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Stone House Cottage – Garden & Nursery

This is the most romantic of gardens with a fantastic plantsman’s nursery attached to it. The home of Louisa and James Arbuthnott near Kidderminster which has been created since they bought the Gardener’s Cottage and walled garden in 1974. This appeared in the July 2012 issue of Gardens Illustrated and was also the cover.

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Garden & Wood

This is the garden of Piers & Louise from Garden & Wood. Apart from having the most beautiful garden, they also sell antique and vintage garden tools, garden furniture and garden ephemera. This was shot for Gardens Illustrated and appeared in the July 2012 issue.

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Scampston Walled Garden

I was lucky enough to cover a shoot at Scampston Walled Garden a couple of years ago for Country Living Magazine. This wonderful garden is set within the walls of the original kitchen garden for Scampston Hall. The garden was derelict for nearly fifty years when Sir Charles and Lady Legard started a huge restoration project with the help of garden designer, Piet Oudolf. This garden looks stunning during late summer and well worth the visit to North Yorkshire.

The Perennial Meadow showing the Conservatory

The Perennial Meadow

The Perennial Meadow

Perennial Meadow

Seed heads of Phlomis russeliana in the Perennial Meadow

Drifts of Molinia caerulea ssp caerulea ‘Poul Petersen’ and Phellodendron chinense ( Chinese Cork Tree ) in the middle

Drifts of Molinia caerulea ssp caerulea ‘Poul Petersen’ and Phellodendron chinense ( Chinese Cork Tree ) in the middle

The Serpentine Garden

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Morecambe Bay Shrimps

Here are a couple of images taken from a feature shot for Coast Magazine. The family business was started by owner Les Salisbury, who originally would have gone out with a horse and cart. A tractor has now replaced the horse but apart from that everything has remained the same.


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National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards 2011

For the past couple of years I have been commissioned by The National Trust to photograph the Winners of the Fine Farm Produce awards with another great photographer William Shaw.  The work is split between the two of us and we cover the entirety of England and Wales, it’s quite a shoot ! Meeting these fantastic producers and tasting their food makes up for the fact I spend most of the week rolling around in cow muck, herding sheep with a tripod leg and having my ankles bitten by pesky pigs. I even managed to unwittingly steal a farm dog, it wasn’t until I was half way down a lane that I heard an unusual sound coming from the back of my car, it somehow managed to get in whilst I was packing !

Here are some of the winners I photographed this year

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Barnhaven Primroses

This is a selection of images taken at Barnhaven Primroses for Gardens Illustrated which appeared in the March issue. Barnhaven Primroses are produced by Lynne and David Lawson at a small nursery at Plestin-les-Greves, in rural Brittany. These delicate little flowers were first produced by Florence Bellis of Gresham, in Oregon, Usa in 1935 from her home, Barnhaven.

Polyanthus 'Chartreuse' (Barnhaven polyanthus)

Polyanthus 'Paris '90' (Barnhaven polyanthus)

Polyanthus 'Gilded Ginger' (Barnhaven polyanthus)

Polyanthus 'Striped Victorians' (Barnhaven Victorian polyanthus)

Primula acaulis Barnhaven Blue (Barnhaven primrose)

Polyanthus 'Gold Laced Jack-in-the-Green' (Barnhaven Enthusiast's primrose)

Polyanthus 'Jack-in-the-Green' (Barnhaven Enthusiast's primrose)

Polyanthus 'Jack-in-the-Green' (Barnhaven Enthusiast's primrose)

Polyanthus 'Hose-in-hose' (Barnhaven Enthusiast's primrose)

Primula acaulis Osiered Amber (Barnhaven primrose)

Primula 'Cherry Ripple' (Barnhaven Double primrose)

Double primrose 'Sundae' (Barnhaven primrose)

Primula Doubles (Barnhaven primrose)


Lynne and David Lawson


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International Garden Photographer of the Year 2011

I am very happy as I have just had my portfolio submission put through as a finalist for International Garden Photographer of the Year. The work will be on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on May 14th 2011. There will be follow on exhibitions through to 2012 at Wakehurst Place, Lacock Abbey, Ironbridge, Shropshire and Exeter.

The work titled  “The hands that pick the food that I eat” was shot as a personal project after completing a similar commission for a chain of garden centres.

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Winter Flowering Clematis (the finished shots)

This feature appeared in Gardens Illustrated in December 2010. I have already posted something about this shoot earlier in my blog as it is a particularly good example of a plant profile for a magazine. For these profiles to work successfully it usually takes several visits and a very good relationship between photographer and nursery. I think I must have visited New Leaf Plants about 6 times over the period of 3-4 months, sometimes only shooting one variety. Everytime a new variety was ready to be shot I would be given a call and off down the motorway to capture it. All these pictures have been taken in polytunnels with the aid of clamps, twine, diffusers and reflectors, so when the article is finally published and I can look at the pictures again, I actually forget the work that has gone into producing them and can enjoy the photographs for what they are, beautiful winter flowers !

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'

Clematis cirrhosa 'Jingle Bells'

Clematis cirrhosa 'Balearica'

Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'

Clematis paniculata var. Lobata

Clematis paniculata 'Early Sensation'

Clematis 'Fragrant Oberon'

Clematis 'Lunar Lass'

Clematis x Cartmanii 'Joe'

Clematis 'Pixie'

Clematis Napalensis

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