Rachel is a garden designer & permaculture designer. She has a passion for plants, garden design & natural environment. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. She is also a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.
The Healing Power of Scent I'm delighted to announce that we were selected to exhibit a long border at RHS Chatsworth from 05 to 09 June 2019! We will be working with Scottish nursery-people (Binny's Plants; https://www.binnyplants.com) and a local craftsman, Chris Barrowman (http://www.fluxworx.com) to create our exhibit.
As mental health issues affect many of us at one time or another in our lives, our border will highlight the importance of scent in emotional well- being. Smell directly influences our emotional responses, memories and physiology, driving our behaviour at an instinctive and subconscious level. Inhalation of plant extracts is known to have a positive effect on brain activity. Rose oil vapour in particular is thought to have anti-depressive, calming and uplifting properties, helping to reduce fatigue, stress and exhaustion.
Central to this border is the iconic rose. A strongly scented variety is planted in a pattern resembling a brain-wave. An abstract metal brain-wave sculpture symbolises the direct affect of scent on our brains and subsequently how we feel. Supporting the rose are plants that stimulate other senses such as touch (foliage texture, especially grasses), sight (colour and aesthetics) and sound (rustling foliage and pollinators attracted to the flowers). These stimuli work together to create a positive interaction with plants and nature. The Rose is just one of many scented plants that can be incorporated into our gardens. In addition to the enjoyment such fragrance brings is the potential to harness the power of smell to improve our emotional well-being.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Best of Houzz 2019 Customer Service award. Our commitment to our clients has always been to meet their needs, create a beautiful garden that they can enjoy for many years to come and to guide them through the design and build process. We also love to revisit the garden in the following months and years to ensure continued enjoyment and offer advice when requested.
So we are over the moon that our customer service has stood out among more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design, and was selected by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.
"Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, renovation and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Marcus Hartwall, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app."