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Helen Taylor features in the GARDEN DESIGN Journal

The March 2010 issue of the GARDEN DESIGN Journal, featured an arts and crafts garden of Helen's which includes bespoke cobble mosaics made by David James, Olicana Mosaics.

To see more of this particular garden in Helen's portfolio section click here.


Registered Membership of the Society of Garden Designers

Helen became a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers in February 2010 presenting her work for critical review by the Society. Helen becomes one of only 7 members in Yorkshire.

The Garden of Creation

The Garden of Creation, Little School Pre-School Nursery at Burley in Wharfedale Methodist Church, was officially opened on 16th July by Alison Goding, the Garden Manager at R.H.S. Harlow Carr.

Helen has redesigned the grounds of the Methodist Church leased by the nursery to provide a sensory garden, wildlife area and a large wall mural. She appointed 2 artists to contribute to the project: Lewis Morgan (www.lewismorgansculpture.co.uk) who designed and made a timber mural of Noah’s Ark and a procession of animals and David James (www.olicanamosaics.co.uk) who made a selection of mosaic images to tell the story of The Creation.

Mosaic by David James, www.olicanamosaics.co.uk

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Yorkshire Ridings Magazine

The August 2010 edition feature 'Grand Design' illustrates examples of Helen's private garden design in the Ilkley area.

Helen was interviewed by the gardening editor Linda Viney.

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The Garden of Creation, Burley in Wharfedale, has been selected by the Society of Garden Designers Journal as one of the best designs of 2010. Over 60 entries were submitted and this project was one of 10 selected.

The garden is featured in the January issue of the SGD Journal.

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Society of Garden Designers Open Garden's Event

Garden opening: Sunday 1st May 2011, 2 to 6 pm.

The Garden of Creation at the Methodist Church in Burley in Wharfedale has been selected by SGD as part of its 30th anniversary Open Gardens celebrations. The society has launched its own open gardens event nationwide to celebrate the best of British garden design over the last 3 decades. The society aims to hold three open garden days, each showcasing ten gardens, all designed by SGD registered members.

For further details go to www.sgd.org.uk

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Tatton Park Flower Show 20-24 July 2011

Helen will be helping to man the Society of Garden Designers' stand at Tatton on Friday 22 July (10.00-12.00 and 16.00-18.00). Design consultations are available free of charge.

September 2011

Launch of Bespoke Planters side business idea. Helen has teamed up with Richard Mason of the Secret Drawer in Ilkley, makers of fine kitchens and bespoke furniture, supplying hand painted timber planters in exterior Farrow and Ball paint, with coordinated simple planting.

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October 2011

Look out for Helen’s bespoke planters at 28 Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale near St. Mary’s Church. Made by local joiner Richard Thompson to Helen’s design and specifications.

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November 2011

Helen appointed by Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Ilkley to provide design ideas for the development of their school grounds in the area of the Outdoor Classroom.

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December 2011

Look out for Helen’s planters at Main Boutique in Addingham. Painted in Manor House Gray, Farrow and Ball exterior paint and planted with box balls.

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March 2012

Completion of a front garden project at St. James’ Road, Ilkley. Passers-by gave very positive feedback on the subtle use of natural materials for the drive surface and the craftsmanship of the sett laying by Steve Ferris of Ilkley.

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April 2012

Attended a series of inspirational planting design lectures this month including the SGD Spring Conference in London, ’Beyond Borders’ with renowned speakers Tom Stuart Smith, Cleve West, James Hitchmough, Raymond Jungles, Christopher Woodward.

The local Landscape Institute invited renowned Piet Oudolf, planting designer of Scampston’s Walled Garden to Leeds Metropolitan University.

May 2012

As part of the Ilkley May Day Carnival celebrations, Helen has teamed up with bespoke cabinet makers, The Secret Drawer to put together a ‘Jubilee’ inspired shop front and window display by supplying a set of red, white and blue planters.

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July 2012: Pro-Landscaper Journal

The July 2012 edition features the Garden of Creation, Burley in Wharfedale in a full editorial piece called Seventh Heaven.

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October 2012: Set in Stone

Editorial piece by Helen Mead discussing the forthcoming ‘sculptures in the garden’ exhibition, including work by Rowena Beaty and Melanie Wilks forming part of the Ilkley Art Trail, October 2012.

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March 2013: The English Garden Journal

One of Helen’s private gardens featured in an advert by Stuart Garden Architecture in the March 2013 edition of the English Garden journal.

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August 2013: New office address

1A Wrexham Road,
Burley in Wharfedale,
West Yorkshire.
LS29 7LS

Phone number 01943 862537 and email helen@helentaylorgardendesign.co.uk remain unchanged.

October 2013: Ilkley Art Trail

Participated for the 2nd year running in the Ilkley Art Trail collaborating with two Yorkshire sculptors, Rowena Beaty and Melanie Wilks who exhibited in private gardens designed by Helen.


December 2013: Versailles garden in Ilkley!

Large private garden in Ilkley nears completion with the planting of the parterre with box and yew hedges and holly standards.


December 2014: Hello Social Media!!

Helen has finally made it into this century and embraced social media! All news updates will now move to Facebook, if you'd like to see them as they arise, just click here and 'like' Helen's page. Helen also so has a page on houzz, click here to take a look.