Garden Design graduate, Carolyn Dunster’s book is published

Since cities were first settled, urban dwellers have created gardens on their doorsteps, cultivating beauty and gaining delight from their efforts, however small the landscape. Urban Flowers explores the many ways in which you can bring colour and interest to a small city garden, whatever its location and whatever your taste.

Garden designer Carolyn Dunster demonstrates hundreds of ways to make your outdoor space bloom. By using her colour-themed planting recipes, her charming projects, and a palette of reliable urban plants, you can turn the least promising corner into a thriving habitat for plants and wildlife.

As well as revealing Carolyn’s own floral journey, Urban Flowers encourages you to:

  • be inspired by gardening in the city and community gardening
  • evaluate your city space and be clever with design
  • choose plants and materials that reflect your personal style and suit your urban location
  • follow easy practical projects and experiment with colour
  • prolong the season by drying or cutting flowers and saving seeds for next year
  • choose the best containers and plant varieties for floriferous blooms

Carolyn says: “I am lucky to live a flower-filled life. I grow as many flowers as possible in a small inner-city garden cramming every available space with pots and planters that change with the seasons. In this book my aim is to demonstrate how growing your own flowers can transform the urban environment to bring a multitude of benefits for everyone who lives there. As our 21st century cities get bigger and become more densely populated it is imperative that we remain in touch with the natural world. From cultivating courtyard gardens to planting window boxes or growing vertically against walls and up drainpipes, there are lots of easy-to-follow projects that will inspire you to do this.”

CAROLYN DUNSTER is an award-winning planting designer, florist and urban gardener. After a career in journalism she trained in floristry with Jane Packer and in garden design at the Inchbald. She now runs her business from her home in north London. She has written for several lifestyle magazines and exhibits regularly at garden shows and festivals around the UK. In 2016 Carolyn designed a small cutting garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on behalf of Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund, which won the People’s Choice Award. Carolyn designs planting schemes for small urban plots and grows as many flowers as possible in her own city garden to use in her floristry work. She also sources gardening items that are ethically made by small producers using upcycled, recycled and sustainable materials to create products with a soul and a story. Carolyn is a strong believer in the healing therapeutic power of flowers and also works as a volunteer florist for Floral Angels, a sustainable charity based at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London whose Patron is Camilla Parker Bowles.

JASON INGRAM is an award-winning photographer whose other books with Frances Lincoln include The Cut Flower Patch, Grow Your Own Cake, and The Jam Maker’s Garden.

For further information and any requests please contact:

Melody Odusanya at Frances Lincoln, T: 020 7284 9362, E:

Obituary – Sam Beazley

It was with great sadness that I read of the death of an old friend, Sam Beazley at the great age of a hundred years.

Sam started his career as an actor, but he moved into antique dealing and opened a shop in Port Street, Portmeirion Antiques. His taste was faultless and soon all the leading interior decorators were beating a path to his door – I still have pictures and furniture that I purchased there myself. Some years later, perhaps dictated by rent rises, he moved to Barnet. I was horrified but nevertheless I determined to visit him in his new premises. I remonstrated with him about the length of the journey and said I doubted that busy firms like Colefax and Fowler were unlikely to make the effort.

Turning to me he said ‘Look who is crossing the road” It was Tom Parr, by that time the owner of Colefax. I was silenced!

Apart from interesting and impeccable taste, Sam had a great sense of humour and visiting him, which of course I continued to do, was always fun. Latterly he returned to the theatre and I went to see him a couple of times – by that time he must have been well into his eighties but he was still agile, and very good.

I last saw him about a year ago, when he entertained me to lunch in a pretty cottage in Battersea – we laughed about old times, and his wit and humour were as lively as they always had been.

Dear Sam – he will be much missed.

Save the Date – Inchbald Student Exhibition

Here is the open invite to the 2017 Inchbald Student Exhibition.

Please come along to see what can be achieved in one year at Inchbald School of Design!

“The Inchbald Exhibition is a display of well trained talent which will take our students to the top of their profession. Are you looking for a young designer? Don’t miss the opportunity to meet one on the 11th July.”

Jacqueline Duncan OBE, Dean

“From a Wiltshire vicarage to the refit of a WWII bunker, from new ideas for the the ‘German Gymnasium’ restaurant to Safari Lodge in South Africa, join us for an individual approach to Architectural Interior Design.”

Alan Hughes, Principal

“This year our students have chosen some spectacular projects for their Exhibition including an island on Berlin’s River Havel which is transformed into a landscaped gallery demonstrating “Light Art” whilst Lake Garda provides the backdrop to an hotel garden with lawns spilling down to the water-front. Also featured at the Exhibition is the re-design of a Grade 1 Cotswold landscape, creating a new balance between existing structure and a simplified contemporary layout.”

Andrew Duff, Managing Director

As always, our students have benefited from a wide range of knowledgable tutors and the mentoring of renowned designers Marcus Barnett, John Brooke OBE, Charlotte Rowe, Dan Lobb, Emma Mazzullo, Angus Thompson and Del Buono Gazerwitz.’

Marcus Green, Senior Tutor

Inchbald Graduate, Sophie Walker is creating an immersive experience at Borde Hill Garden

Inchbald graduate Sophie Walker is creating an immersive experience for visitors to Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath in West Sussex.  Her design for the exotic Round Dell includes an arrow-shaped, gravel path that will lead to a concrete pool fed by a waterfall.  The contemporary looking path with concrete sides will give visitors the chance to explore fully the subtropical, foliage-rich planting, which will become denser and more jungly as the path narrows, and will include species collected by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm Plants.

Looking for Part-Time Studio Tutors

We would like to hear from experienced interior and garden designers, with teaching experience, who would be interested in teaching on short term projects in studio from September for both in-house and online courses.

Essential skills required:

teaching experience.
practical expertise and a sound knowledge of the interior and/or garden design professions.
ability to work with a teaching team.

Initial enquiries should be directed to Jane Birch,, accompanied by a CV with a detailed explanation of specific areas of expertise that would be relevant to an informed and committed body of students.

Le K2 design competition, Courchevel

We are delighted that Thomas Capezzone, Inchbald graduate and MD of K Interior Design, has offered our current Diploma Architectural Interior Design students the chance to design the Reception and Restaurant for a luxury 5* hotel, Le K2 Altitude, in Courchevel, France.

Nanna Halinen, Interior Design graduate 2011

All at Inchbald are sad to hear of the death of Nanna Halinen, who was a graduate from 2011, successfully studying the Diploma in Architectural Interior Design.

Nanna was a very strong student with a background in graphic design. She was quiet and studious with a generous nature and a wonderful laugh if you could tease it to rise to the surface. Nanna produced wonderful work and drawings from her final project are still on show in Reception to inspire students and all those who visit the School.

We understand there may be a memorial service for all her friends in London and we will publish the date as soon as we hear. All at the Inchbald send condolences to her family, they are in our thoughts.

Alan Hughes, Principal

Helen Green Design Foundation – Inchbald School of Design Bursary

Congratulations to the two winners of this year’s Helen Green Design Foundation-Inchbald School of Design Bursary – Emily Williams for the Interior Decoration Certificate course and Rhiannon Johnson for an Online course.

L – R, Alan Hughes, Inchbald, Caroline Foster, Associate Director, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour (DCCH), Emily Williams, winner for Interior Decoration Certificate and Anna Bilton, Helen Green Design

Judges, Alan Hughes, Inchbald, Caroline Foster, DCCH and Anna Bilton, Helen Green wanted to thank everyone who took part!

Rhiannon Johnson, winner for the Online course

Cristina Jorge de Carvalho (Inchbald 1997) receives an International Property Award for Best Architecture Single Residence Portugal

Cristina Jorge de Carvalho (Inchbald 1997) receives an International Property Award for Best Architecture Single Residence Portugal

The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence.

The Algarve House was entirely designed by Cristina Jorge de Carvalho and her team. Reflecting the cool, relaxing lifestyle of the south of Portugal, this exquisite property features generous exterior areas, also designed by Cristina Jorge de Carvalho.