Outdoor Entertaining

Spring is here and summer just around the corner. When better weather arrives, we Scots are always ready to step outside and make the most of it with friends and family. This year, more than ever, we will be keen to shake off the COVID restrictions and start socialising again. What better place than the…

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A Day in the Life of… Joy Grey, Garden Designer

Joy, who trained at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and then studied for a diploma in Garden Design through the Pickard School of Garden Design which was achieved with distinction, set up Goose Green Design in 2004. Now, a well established and successful Scottish garden design and consultancy practice, Joy designs bespoke gardens for…

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Deck the Halls

With Christmas on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about festive decorations, nothing beats hanging a fresh wreath on your front door, twinkling lights and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the window. We may not be able to party and have the huge family gatherings we’re all used too, but we can take…

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Jobs for the October Garden

Autumn is here, it feels colder and the days are shorter. It’s a beautiful time of year – with the trees changing colour, bright blue skies, berries, seeds and crisp mornings. Perfect for preparing the garden for winter. GOOSE GREEN DESIGNThe Grey Cottage, Goose Green, Gullane EH31 2ATt: 01620 842866 | m: 07971163565e: joy@goosegreendesign.co.uk

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A Long Narrow Garden in Edinburgh

When garden designer Joy Grey first visited this garden of a substantial Victorian Edinburgh terraced house, its main feature was sandbags. Now, it’s a beautiful, secluded, low maintenance garden which offers the owners a welcome respite from their busy working lives. Living next to a river may seem like a dream for many, but in…

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A Nation of Gardeners

Garden designer Joy Grey shares the sources of gardening information she has found useful. Perfect for those of you who are new, or not so new, to gardening! As I write, it’s early May and we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 lock-down. Hopefully, by the time you read this issue of Local Life, life…

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Ten Jobs to do in the Garden in February

Joy Grey tells us February is the time to get your garden properly prepared for springtime. February feels like a turning point in the garden. It’s still cold outside, but there are signs of spring’s imminent arrival. Bulbs slowly emerge, days begin to lengthen, and, with luck, temperatures begin to rise. 1. Tidying Give everything…

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