The Garden Design Confessional is a series of podcasts where Darren talks to fellow designers and landscape architects about what inspires them and how their design process has developed over the years.

All his guests have created gardens for the cancer caring charity Maggie’s whose centres are re-
nowned for their stunning buildings and holistic approach to supporting people living with cancer.


Dan Pearson


In this episode I’m talking to writer and garden designer Dan Pearson about his work, his life and how gardens became his sanctuary. His naturalistic planting style can be seen in Chatsworth House, in the Kings Cross redevelopment in London, the Millennium Forest in Japan and in the work of thousands of other gardeners inspired by his work.


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Sarah Price


Sarah Price came to prominence as part of the team who created the magical Olympic garden in 2012 and has won 3 gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show. Darren talks with Sarah about her route into the profession and how dance influences her planting schemes. Sarah designed the garden at Maggies Southampton.


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Marie-Louise Agius


In this episode Darren talks with Marie-Louise Agius about her determination to break away into the profession, her stewardship of Exbury Gardens a 200 hundred acre estate in Hampshire where she grew up and being the leading partner of award winning practice Balston Agius. Marie-Louise designed the garden at Maggies Leeds.


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Kim Wilkie


In this episode I travel to Hampshire to meet writer, lecturer and landscape architect Kim Wilkie. Kim designed the garden at Maggie’s Swansea but is best-known for his metaphysical moulding of the land on his projects at Boughton Hall, as well as his gorgeous garden at Franklin Farm which has been in his family for generations. He gave me a personal tour …

 

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Arabella Lennox-Boyd


When I first walked into the garden at the Maggie’s centre in Dundee, I felt – treasured, privileged to be there. It was designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Her long list of projects includes everything from small London gardens to epic projects across the world. Her clients include rock stars and royals and her string of awards include six Chelsea gold medals.

 

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Pip Morrison


Pip is most well-known for his re-imagining of the Princess Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace. But despite his impressive client list, he keeps a very low profile. This interview for Garden Design Confessional is his first ever.

 

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Lily Jencks


Lily is the daughter of Maggie and Charles Jenks, the founders of Maggie’s so there was a whole other level of personal attachment to the project which she speaks about touchingly, as the daughter of two great thinkers, designers and garden makers she has inherited an eye for both the natural and the designed space and blends the two seamlessly.

 

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Piet Oudolf


In this episode I travel to the Netherlands to meet Piet Oudolf, the man who has done more to  influence garden design than any one else in the last few decades. His understanding of planting combinations, movement and the beauty of plants beyond their flowering peak opened the eyes of so many other designers gardeners and landscape lovers.

 

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Laura Lee


In this episode I speak with Dame Laura Lee, and Marcia Blakenham.  Laura has been at the helm of aggie’s since it’s inception having been Maggie Keswick Jenk’s oncology nurse. Marcia, as well as being a close friend of Maggie’s has also been instrumental in the commissioning of each centre both  in terms of architecture and landscape.

 

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