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Easter Weekend with Butter Wakefield
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Easter Weekend with Butter Wakefield
21st March 2024

We caught up with Butter Wakefield at her London home to discuss Easter weekend plans, her design philosophy and top tips for the garden. 

Award-winning garden designer and self-confessed maximalist, Butter's Instagram showcases her love of greenery and eclectic style. We were lucky enough to visit Butter in her stylish London home, surrounded by lashings of greenery and splashes of dappled sunlight. Butter’s unique approach to design is evident through beautifully layered textiles, stunning antiques and floor to ceiling colour. So, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy exploring Butter's home this Easter...

What are your plans for the long Easter weekend?

Blessedly, I am at home with my dog Wafer for most of the weekend. Sadly, none of my  children will be joining me as they all have other plans. I have a few low key dates to see  some great girlfriends for supper on Friday evening, a trip to Petersham Nurseries with  another heavenly friend on Saturday together with a walk along the River. My dear Goddaughter has invited me for Easter lunch on Sunday. All very local and relaxing, it’s  been a hugely hectic spring so I am looking forward to lots of time in my garden and doing huge amounts of my tapestry. 

Are there any flowers at this time of year that are your favourite, or do you have a favourite flower arrangement for Spring?

I grow an enormous amount of daffs and tulips in bold and bright colours, all in pots which I love to pick, arrange and fill the house with. Nothing brings me greater joy!

What is your preferred Easter chocolate treat?

Nothing fancy, but I adore a Speckled Egg from M&S, once I start I find it very difficult to stop. 

What inspires you when it comes to interiors, and what guides you when choosing  pieces for your home?

I am inspired by a somewhat more traditional approach. I love to think about each room as a series of layers; using lovely antiques, rugs and textiles, and beautiful collections of artwork, pictures and porcelain.

Are there any key features of your home, or items you have, that you have a particular fondness for?

I have collected a series of lovely pictures throughout my working life and I also have a rather mad and extensive collection of Black and White Staffordshire Spaniels who keep me company in the kitchen. 

Do you have a favourite Birdie Fortescue piece?

I adore the Cordoba Embroidered Velvet Cushion in green!

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Any seasonal garden jobs that are really important for this time of year?

I start feeding my roses and pots this time of year. I also keep an eye on the slug situation and apply nematodes to help keep them in check. I also apply a lovely thick layer of mulch to the borders to help feed the plants, keep moisture in and weeds out. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start gardening, but doesn't quite know where to begin?

I would suggest you get a part time job at the local garden centre, or nursery, and apply to do work experience with garden designers who inspire you, together with local landscape contractors to help them with their maintenance rounds. 

What are your top tips for keeping your garden looking beautiful throughout the seasons?

The simple act of watering really does help to keep newly planted plants looking beautiful and fresh. I also encourage everyone to keep a beady eye on the garden as a whole, studying each plant/tree/shrub to see if they are thriving or not. This watchful approach really helps to catch problems pests and disease before they have a chance.

Describe your taste and style in 3 words

Colourful, green and layered!

If you could have a superpower for only 24 hours, what would it be and how would you use it?

I would love to fly at a supersonic speed (like Superman) to visit my daughter and granddaughter in California and return home all in one or two minutes suffering no jet lag or lengthy travel time. How gorgeously happy making that would be.

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Lapis Lazuli - symbolising royalty and spirituality. This blue stone was highly valued in Ancient Egypt, where it was believed to lead the soul to immortality and open the heart to love.

Malachite - this deep green stone has been revered by humans, particularly merchants, throughout history as a protective ward, shielding the owner from evil.

Jasper -  a sacred stone, appearing in various shades of yellow, orange and most commonly red, with physical and spiritual qualities of protection.

Citrine - a yellow stone that has been discovered in Ancient Egyptian archaeological sites in the form of ornamental talismans, thought to ward off evil spirits.

Quartz - this white stone was cherished in Ancient Greece due to the belief that it was everlasting ice formed by the gods.

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If you could visit any period in history for a day, where would you go and what would you do?

I would visit Cedric Morris and Lett at Benton End in the 1940s and I would beg him to teach me all about how he gardened and painted.

If you are interested in finding out more about Butters fantastic styling and to her see garden antics throughout the seasons then please check our her Instagram or visit her website!

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