Your own outdoor space, whatever size, should be a special place. I set up The Balcony Gardener because of my own experiences – I wanted to make the most of my small balcony and create a space where I could look, sit, relax and grow my own little bit of green in the city.
The Balcony Gardener offers a small space design service and also supplies a unique range of indoor and outdoor gardening solutions for urban and rural dwellers, who like me, have limited space but heaps of imagination and a need to garden. We can complete a bespoke design plan for your small space, or you can shop from our product range that includes everything from plants, seeds and window boxes to pots, planters and garden furniture. We have everything that you need to create your own urban oasis.
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Isabelle Palmer is The Balcony Gardener
With her own two small balconies in her Hampstead apartment, Isabelle wanted to create a little green oasis of her own. Unable to find anything on-line related to small-space or novice gardening in an urban environment, Isabelle saw a niche in the market, and The Balcony Gardener was born in May 2009. Both Isabelle and the brand’s exquisite range of vintage and contemporary gardening items received substantial media attention as the company fulfilled a practical yet stylish introduction into the grow-your-own and gardening market for a younger generation.
Isabelle’s first book ‘The Balcony Gardener’ was published in March 2012 followed by her second book ‘The House Gardener’ which was published in March 2014, both by Cico Books. These are both sold in a number of other continents including the USA, Australasia, Asia, and Europe and have been translated into a number of languages. The Balcony Gardener: German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Czech and Slovakian. The House Gardener: German, Dutch and Italian.
In May 2012, Isabelle worked with the inspiring retail store Anthropologie to create two bespoke flower-filled shop windows in their Kings Road, London store. The partnership was a celebration of the distinguished Chelsea Flower Show and the launch of Isabelle’s first book.
Isabelle also joined a panel of female entrepreneurs to share her tips and tricks for running a successful business at a Stylist Magazine careers networking event called “How to grow your first million”. She was also shortlisted for a Red Magazine Hot Woman of the Year Business Start-Up Award in 2011.
In 2013, Isabelle opened her first pop-up shop at Squint, a leading furniture emporium in south Kensington, as part of the Chelsea Fringe. She also collaborated with major US furniture retailer, West Elm, to co-design their first outdoor range of products.
In summer 2014, Isabelle was chosen to be a guest judge as part of the Remodelista and Gardenista Considered Design Awards, judging the Best Small Garden category.
She has shared her small space gardening expertise by guest writing a number of blog posts and feature articles for various online publications, magazines and newspapers, including her new 2015 column in The Ham and High, and has also appeared in a number of TV programmes including Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden and London Live.
Isabelle hosts a range of workshops, which she hosts in her Hampstead apartment, as well as at other leading venues to include Summerhill and Bishop in Autumn 2015. v