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Everything in its Right Place

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This morning was one of those Garden Museum mornings where, inside the small box of our courtyard garden, conditions felt warm, calm and bright; redolent of the coming season. Our central Melianthus major has so far pulled through the winter safely – covered until last week – and with any luck, flower buds will soon follow.

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New Book: FOREST, Walking Among Trees

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Exciting to finally see this thing on book shelves following its launch last week at Ink@84 bookshop in Islington. Two wonderful years stalking valleys, mountains, prairies and rivers for interesting and often irregular stories about ten familiar trees. Stunning photography by Roo Lewis.

FOREST Walking Among Trees is published by Pavilion Books, available from all big – and little – book stores.

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Hortus Journal: Courtyard of Curiosities

Cover article for a favourite garden journal, Hortus, writing about the Garden Museum’s recent redevelopment and resulting garden, designed by Dan Pearson.

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Seasonal Flux

Populus albaWhite poplar and its unilateral disregard for autumnal hype.

Sardinia Water

000031960038A new one for me; water unlike anywhere I’ve been & wild rosemary fresh from the sea.

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Garden Design, Barnes

IMG_0650In 2016 I redesigned a garden in Barnes for a private client. Good to return in spring earlier this year to see how it’s been getting on.

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New Website

It feels a little strange coming back to the blog after so long; various exciting yet somewhat consuming commissions having taken precedence over the last couple of years, both gardens and garden writing. Good to return to this site though, and I hope to use it more frequently going forward for thoughts, images and little side-reflections regarding the wonderful world of horticulture and wild Nature.

I have now assembled my work for a new website, which can be viewed here: Matt Collins Garden.

Toast Travels

I’ve started writing monthly articles on plants and Nature for the lifestyle and fashion brand, Toast. The first piece looks at the wildflowers and wildlife of Caldey Island in Pembrokeshire, South Wales: Island Growing

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Hortus Article

Super pleased to have been asked to write an article for the spring edition of Hortus. Hortus is a fantastic journal of garden writing and I’ve been a fan for many years. Greg Barnes drew a lovely illustration of a Japanese anemone for the piece.

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New Book: My Tiny Flower Garden

Much of 2015/16 was spent writing a commissioned book for Pavilion Books on the subject of small flower gardens. Lots of fun to put together, working with amazing photographer, Roo Lewis. It’s now on the shelves!

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