New in This Week: The Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Guide Book - the finished design!
I'm soooo pleased to reveal the final design for the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens 2013 Guide Book. After months of hard work and research, it's wonderful to see that our effort has really paid off. The new Guide Book represents a new chapter for Riverhill, as yet more of their stunning gardens have been opened to the public, with the new Walled Garden being a huge attraction for 2013.
Riverhill has been in the Rogers family for generations, and one of the big changes from their previous Guide Book is the addition of the Rogers' family story. The Rogers have quite a story to tell, and the new Guide Book includes previously unseen photographs from the Rogers family private albums, some of which pre-date 1930. It has been a real privilege to have the opportunity to view these albums, and I'm pleased we're able to share some of them with Riverhill's visitors. We've really focussed on giving equal weight to the beautiful photos of Riverhill as to the words which tell the story of the family and Gardens - and I think we've struck the balance.
The Rogers family are utterly passionate about learning, and believe that visitors of all ages have something new to discover in the Gardens. Before we began design work, Sarah and I debated the direction - should the Guide Book be geared towards Riverhill's younger visitors, or to the keen horticulturists who regularly visit to see the rare species that live at Riverhill? We decided there was room for both, and have divided the page space to cater for all visitors. While the keen gardeners will enjoy the Garden Introduction by Riverhill's Head Gardener, Guy Chatten, children will enjoy the 'keys' which unlock some of the hidden stories of Riverhill. And of course there's plenty of space to introduce the mythical yeti which resides in the gardens...
To encourage visitor interaction, we've even included a QR code which visitors can scan to immediately land on Riverhill's Facebook page, allowing them to share stories, post photos and keep up to date with news and events. Riverhill have a huge amount of events planned for the new season (which starts tomorrow, by the way!), so do take a trip to the Gardens if you can - I highly recommend it.
A big thank you to Sarah Rogers for all of her time in helping us piece together the family story - you've been a star and an absolute pleasure to work with!