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Winner: The Chemotherapy Garden at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight won the BBH Award for Best External or Landscaping Project, 2012.

C.A.R. Gardens and St Mary’s Hospital winning an award from Building Better Healthcare 2012, in London on 7th November for their Chemotherapy Garden. From left to right: Craig Ratcliff (owner of C.A.R. Gardens), Diane Adams (St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W.), Dr Phil Hammond (BBH host), Sarah W...

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Breeding season for the birds in our gardens.

I just popped down stairs to make a cup of tea and whilst waiting for the kettle to boil i was captivated by a blue tit sizing up my neighbours bird box. Flitting to and fro, pecking at the hole and accessing the dangers.Wonderful to watch. Its turning to spring and the birds are turning […]

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Rambling Beauty at Seaview

A garden we help to maintain near Seaview, Isle of Wight.

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C.A.R. Gardens’ photostream

C.A.R. Gardens’ photostream on Flickr.

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Playground Project at Fiveways school, Ryde

FORT  We returned to Fiveways this year to continue the playground project started last year. SPIRAL FLOATING BENCHES FUN PLANTING ENTRANCE ARCH HERB BED BIRD TABLE FOOTBALL POSTS INSECT HABITAT PLATFORM FOR CHILDREN TO REACH BIRD TABLE FORT SPIRAL

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Planting a Beech hedge

Here are some photos of a project we are just completing. We have planted a native Beech hedge along the road side for a customer in Freshwater. Where there was just a strip of weeds we have prepared the soil with manure and feed and planted 94 locally grown Fagus Sylvatica. We planted in a [&hellip...

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Summer at St Mary’s Hospital garden.

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My favouite flowers in the garden right now

Lunaria, common name Honesty. This beautiful plant and highly scented flower is attracting our attention (and the bees) in our garden at home. Jemma and I planted the seeds last May and kind of forgot about them until this year we have this amazing display. The dried seed heads later in the year res...

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Bird, bat and bug boxes for your garden.

Looking after gardens organically means working with and harnessing the forces of nature. And so with this in mind we are using wildlife habitats in each new design and offering our regular maintenance customers these bat, bird and bug boxes. Birds, bats and bugs such as lady birds and lacewings wil...

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Residental Care Home: Our latest landscaping project

The owner of Waxham House Residential Care Home in Ryde approached C.A.R. Gardens with an interesting brief. The garden was almost entirely laid to lawn and concrete, with a loved but dominant fish pond. Our customer really wanted the garden to be a place of interest, vitality and movement. Crucial ...

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For Sale – Nest Boxes

Valentines day sees the launch of National Nest Box Week. Sometimes it feels like each day of the year is allocated to some cause, but we are of course happy to advertise this annual event. Tradition has it that the 14th February is when wild British birds start pairing up before preparing for their...

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Totland: Our latest landscaping project completes

Since October 2007 we have been busy landscaping in Totland. Our new customers have the good of their garden wildlife very much in mind, which gave us an added interest in the project.Firstly, a run of 12 mature Leylandii trees were felled and uprooted, revealing a magnificent view to the Downs. In ...

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We want to plug this one!

In the world of horticulture a plug is a small container grown plant. They may well be distributed in trays and installing them is usually most effective done en mass. This garden in Freshwater had been partially revamped earlier this year with an unusual decked seating area and board walk. The buil...

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A very friendly garden

Being respectful of our environment is paramount to the force behind CAR Gardens. Being friendly to wildlife in our designs, planting and construction are all important. But what is the reality of it all? We were challenged recently by a customer who asked us to put a little order into her ‘na...

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a wildlife friendly garden

This was our last main project for the hot summer of 2006. We were thrilled to be comissioned to create a garden that was great to look at and smell, to sit and relax in, to share with friends, to be straight forward to look after, and to be alive with the local wildlife. Being […]

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