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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 15:06

We have now completely moved to the Design Barn & nursery, Bolton's Lane, Combe, OX29 8NB, on Blenheim grounds in Oxfordshire. Not far for us  to go but a great move.  This will be a place where HC clients can visit and consider their own designs at varying stages – with live case studies at hand of couture cut flower gardens, meadow patches, Tulip variety tests, kokedama, landart and more. We  intend for this to be changing all the time, not just with the seasons but also evolving from year to year, and we promise that no 2 years will ever be the same here. Photos of it all are coming soon, but in the meantime here are some juicy homegrown Tulips in our nursery.

All our e mails and the phone number remain the same, which can all be found on our contact page.

Come and see us soon! 

Images ©  the Design Barn by Adrienne, Watermelon Tulips by Sophie

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 09:45

We are moving today. The phone lines are being changed over to our new Design Barn this morning but there may be a delay so please e mail us and we will give you a call.

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Tiffany Blue, outside the box

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 18:45

Welcome to our latest exploration in our Design in Colour Season.

Outside in, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd.

Tiffany Blue  is the vernacular name for the complex Robin egg blue colour. This colour appears everywhere throughout our natural world, yet when isolated in it’s singular form, say as an object, it can sometimes seem artificial.

Tiffany’s of New York originally deployed the Robin egg blue for its catalogues back in 1845, now known as the iconic Tiffany Blue Book. Since then Tiffany & Co have harnessed the distinct colour for their branding and marketing. 

Luxe Interiors, San Francisco

Stairs at Queens House, Greenwich

Drowning Princess by Judas Berra

The colour is the brand, logo and identity of Tiffany so they gained ownership of the colour entirely in 1998, by filing with the United States federal government and trademarking it.

Pantone  then numbered it 1837, deriving from the year of Tiffany’s first store door’s opening in Manhattan. As a trademarked colour it is not publicly available and is not printed in the Pantone Matching system swatch books.

The iconic Tiffany Blue Box is trademarked and even the phrase Tiffany Blue Box  is the intellectual property of Tiffany & Co.

Through our design in colour season, we surprised ourselves by being drawn to Tiffany Blue, but once we explored it we could eventually articulate why! 

Hunter Wellies

Tiffany Blue lies in the blue spectrum but contains a great deal of green. To define Tiffany Blue you could class it as Turquoise. The definition of Turquoise is greenish blue and sky–blue. It’s a colour consisting of hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, and there lies verdigris.

Blue pond & Spring snow, Hokkaido - Kent Shiraishi Photography

Tiffany Blue is a mineral, a gem. Its opaque, its effervescent. It’s a moodlifter and it packs a punch.

Stropharia Aeruginosa woodland mushroom

If you think of not just the colour of a Robin’s egg, but the delicacy of the structure of the shell too and how it holds and protects its precious contents - you then realise that Tiffany didn’t just covet this colour by chance.

Lisa Kellner Jellyfish

As you further examine Tiffany Blue it starts to become oddly addictive, a little like Coca Cola!

You can definitely over indulge it, but then find yourself drawn to it again when it is absent from your world!

Tiffany Blue is a colour that exudes elegance when paired with white, and sits happily next to darker blues.

Himalayon Blue Poppy

The colour is cheerful, sometimes feminine, sometimes child like.

It evokes the underworld of the ocean in all of its aquamarine hues and looks crisp, clean and new in its opaque and chalky forms.

2016 will see electric colours like Tiffany Blue, Pinks, Chartreuse, etc. appearing in gardens and homes. Best used as a bolt or shock of colour in contrasting schemes -  both in dark dramatic places or pale modern settings.

Marshall Fields Clock

There is something very nostalgic about Tiffany Blue. We love how Tiffany’s have made it so iconic and synonymous with romance, indulgence and bling through their marketing. And maybe Tiffany does want to have it all for themselves and only permit us to ‘buy’ into it, but they will never be able to monopolise it all – just the boxes.

Tiffany Blue Egg Water Feature in The Potager, Kingham, a Hendy Curzon Garden.


Tiffany Blue, outside the box Source Book : Pantone Universe, Hendy Curzon Gardens,,, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr,, Lisa Kellner, Lamborghini,, Coca Cola, Judas Berra, Dior, VW,  Breakfast at Tiffany's, Kent Shiraishi, Ultra Linx, She Knows, Aesthetic Content, Luisa Moron Fotographia - Society 6, Vice Magazine, AdWeek, Starwalt, Pantone Colour Institute

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Chartreuse, design in colour

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 14:54

Greetings and welcome to our second design in colour blog. With Spring just a whisper away, we still face a spell of temperatures plummeting and even sharper bites of frosts, so to evoke some essence of Spring we are showcasing one of our favourite shades for 2016  - Chartreuse

Somewhere between green and yellow, chartreuse is the colour that epitomises Spring time. With Spring preparations at the forefront of our day to day work  at the moment (both in the studio and on sites),  we are enthused by the potential and possibilities of this illustrious colour once again.

Gary Grossman Photography

We have the joy of naturally designing with chartreuse, and enjoying it on all its levels between green and yellow

from the brightest lime

to the lightest sulphur.

Chartreuse originates from the French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks dating back to 1737. This redolent drink is composed of distilled alcohol aged with an astonishing 130 different herbs and flowers.

'Road' Czech Republic by Krzysztof Browko

Aurora Borealis

So come on, dive into the wonderful depths of the colour chartreuse with us and see what is possible within the spectrum of this colour.

'Just breathe' Kathleen Wilke photography

Malachite Butterfly - pbertner on Flickr

Arend Maatkamp

Green Tea Icecream

Hunter Wellies

Granny Smith by Kay Beausoleil

Claus Dalby

Alexander McQueen Sping 2003

Green Marble Arcs by Halakimok

Clifton Stewart - Wordpress

Keith Levit

Rock & roll London wedding at Battersea Power Station. Mark Niemierko

Green door of Gordes, Provence - Christine Pierce

Alliance - Roger Dautais

Photo by Bershka Original - Tokyo

Expect to see the colour chartreuse trending throughout homes,  gardens, design, fashion and interiors in a big way in 2016. From the most intense, incandescent levels of chartreuse to the flattest, mattest opaques.  Think somewhere between the Northern lights and the belly of an avocado! Well, that's just in our humble opinion. Here's to a big, bright, beautiful Spring.

Chartreuse SourceBook : Jason Withers, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Etsy, Longwings, Fashion Tag Blog, Flickr, Pinterest, Noemi Seminara,  & as listed

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Pink Dior, design in colour

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:53

Greetings and welcome to our first design in colour blog for 2016. This week's is intended to brighten up the dullest of February days, lift your spirits and turn your thoughts towards Spring.

It's a real Winter shock of pure pink, inspired by Christian Dior and la maison Dior.

Christian Dior was just a child when his mother Madeleine Dior first came across Le Rhumbs in Granville, Normandy, and set her heart on having it.

Once purchased, Madame Dior oversaw 2 years of colossal interior & exterior renovations on the villa, including a remarkable development of the garden in to an English style park. A home was crafted in her vision.

As a child Christian's imagination and penchant for detail developed accutely in this setting, surrounded by exquisetly designed interiors and a horticultural paradise.

Eventually this paradise was lost to war and the decline of the Dior fortune, but this pink house will always be remembered for incubating and nurturing a legend. 

Christian Dior never ceased to preserve the essence of le Rhumbs - in the Dior perfumes - with Lily of the Valley and Roses, and with colour - greys and pinks. The massive grey pergola of the garden hosted masses upon masses of pink and blush Roses.

We are continually influenced and inspired by Dior couture as you may have picked up on from this blog. Therefore, in the spirit of the pink Dior house we give you a visual feast  and shake up of colour in shades of pink from ultra through to fuschia, cherry, rose and beyond.

Valley of fire state park USA

colour blocking pink

The pink lake of Senegal - Lake Retba

Beata Cervin

We think that if you use pink in a garden you should never use it in an apologetic way. Go all out,

Hillside, Hokkaido - Japan

Christo & Jeanne-Claude 'Surrounded Islands' Biscayne Bay, Breater Miami, Florida.

Photo - Wolfgang Volz

With pink, it's all or nothing.

Wisteria Okayama Japan, Fuji Park

Photo - Misaki Fukuyama

Danish Architect firm BIG worked alongside landscape architects Topotek1 and artists Superflex

Superkilen park, Copenhagen

Lake Retba

Holi festival - India

Darren White photograohy

Pink iceberg - the result of Algae growing in the ice, effected by the uv rays turning it this reddish colour.

The Upside down Parrot Tulip dress, Autumn / Winter 2010 Dior

Dior haute couture 2010

Narrowist house in Sydney Australia

Flower festival, Mount fuji, Japan

Tia McIntosh, Eiffel Tower

Houses of Parliament

John Deere

For now think pink, and then next week we will jolt you in a completely different direction!

We have updates coming to our portfolio soon with some more bespoke gardens featuring touches of Dior floral couture.

Pink Dior SourceBook : Dior museum, La maison Dior, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Google, HC Gardens.

In the Dior garden in Granville, Normandy : Roses Gertrude Jekyll, Alberic Barbier, New Dawn, Shropshire Lad, Paul Massad, Penelope, Pink Cloud.

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