National award for St Albans gardener

PUBLISHED: 14:52 04 March 2015

Rosemary Coldstream has been awarded a prestigious design award at the Society of Garden Designers 2014 Annual Awards for her ’River Garden’.

Rosemary Coldstream has been awarded a prestigious design award at the Society of Garden Designers 2014 Annual Awards for her ’River Garden’.

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A garden designer has got a top award in her pocket after creating a modern courtyard with enhanced views across water.

Rosemary Coldstream, who runs her business from St Mary’s Walk in St Albans, won the pocket garden category category at the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) 2014 annual awards.

Her award was for her River Garden, in which she was briefed to create a modern courtyard garden which made the most of its location next to a small stretch of water.

The judges at the awards, which are dubbed the Oscars of garden design, described it as: “A thoughtfully designed space offering an individual solution to an unusual location. Interesting ideas, seamlessly executed. Very pleasing lines.”

Originally from New Zealand, Rosemary, has lived and designed gardens in Herts and across the south-east for more than 10 years, after studying garden design at Capel Manor in Enfield.

She said: “Gaining this recognition for one of my gardens is incredible. It is wonderful to create a garden that my clients are delighted with and receive an accolade from the SGD.”

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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