Garden Design Examples

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Walled Kitchen Garden

Location: Derbyshire

Brief
To restore the walled garden, which was once a working kitchen garden providing a wide range of produce for the house. The clients wanted to use some of the area to grow fruit and vegetables and maintain the formality of a kitchen garden, as well as providing ornamental areas and seating. A cut flower bed was also requested.

Solution
As the area is vast, only small areas were allocated for vegetables, with also a fruit and nut orchard and a large cut flower bed. Against the large south facing walls are beds of predominantly perennials and grasses. The area is centered around a simple raised pool which is suitable to sit on. At the highest part of the garden is a stone terrace, which looks across a formal sunken pool, down the garden and beyond over the surrounding Derbyshire hills.
Box Topiary frames the views down the paths, as well a providing a permanent structure to the garden throughout the year.

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Walled Kitchen Garden

Exeter Cancer Care Garden

Location: Exeter

Brief
The brief was to provide an intimate, comforting environment within which patients and their families can receive treatments and therapies.

Solution
In response, the design provides a hierarchy of peaceful spaces with varying degrees of privacy, using sensory planting and elements of water and sculpture. The screened walkway beneath protected trees around the core of the site provides an innovative design solution to privacy from the roadway beyond.

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Exeter Cancer Care Garden

Water Garden

This is a very wet site which the client wanted to drain and create a water feature.

Brief
Our clients saw our Back to Back Show Garden at Tatton Park RHS Flower Show which inspired them to create a similar scheme in their own garden.

Solutions
There are reclaimed stone stepping stones across water to an enclosed stone seating area cut into the bank.  A series of land drains were laid to drain the wet garden, which then fed into and created the new water feature shown.

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Water Garden

Family Garden

This garden in Cheshire complements a large Victorian detached house.

Brief
Create a family focussed garden with direct access from the main living area, as well as enhancing the main access to the property and rationalise the parking provision.

Solution
Dysfunctional spaces and awkward changes in level are overcome to provide a large lawn for play and ball games and a raised seating area with views back towards the house.  The design allows for the adaptable use of various elements such as the bike track around the lawn and pergola swing support, the character of which can change as the children get older. Liaison with the Local Planning Department allowed the drive and parking area to be formalised to reflect the grand style of the house.

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Family Garden

Steep Sloping Garden

This is a large detached Victorian house, on a very steep slope in the Peak District, with beautiful views of the hills.

Brief
Create flat areas of lawn for their young boys to run and play ball on, improving access around the garden.

Solutions
There are three oval flat lawns, retained by curved dry stone walls, in keeping with the informal nature of the site and local area.  Ramped gravel and sleeper steps connect the terraces, making access comfortable and safe. A summer house is sited on the second level, to the side of the main terrace, so as not to mask the views from the house and terrace.  It overlooks the hills and is a focal point within the garden. There is a small terrace to the front, for a small informal seating area.

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Steep Sloping Garden

Victorian Terraced Garden

An undervalued garden which lacked any features of interest.

Brief
To create a large terrace for entertaining close to the house, to overcome the awkward changes in level from the terrace to the rest of the garden, a summerhouse and an area for a shed and composting formed part of the brief.

Solutions
There is a large circular terrace in stone to compliment the house style. It makes the most of the south facing aspect and has plenty of room for entertaining. There are also a series of stone ramps to provide easy access over differing levels for garden equipment. A summerhouse and sculpture create focal points of interest and encourage full use of the garden. Reclaimed oak beams behind the raised brick seat bring height, interest and dimension as well as providing a framework for climbing plants.

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Victorian Terraced Garden

Arts and Crafts Garden

This is a large garden for an Arts and Crafts style house.

Brief
To give the garden a face lift, enhancing the features that already existed, in an Arts and Crafts style.

Solutions
Statues are utilised throughout the garden in a formal sunken seating area, as well as other focal points around the garden. A wire gazebo with a statue underneath forms the main focal point from the house. Wire work frames are also used as supports for climbers and to frame stone steps down to the lawn. Formal planting now exists around the existing central water feature and emphasises focal points such as the tops of steps, statues and the wire work. There is also informal planting throughout the garden to further enhance its appearance.

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Arts and Crafts Garden

Traditional Walled Garden

This substantial detached property was located within what was once a formal walled garden, but lacked any distinctive character.

Brief
To create a formal family garden in the Arts and Crafts style with lawn, sun soaked terrace and improved access from the main house.

Solutions
Awkward changes in level are removed providing a more useful paved area framed by a green oak pergola forming a focal point from the house. Formal steps from the principal entrance descend to a wide path through the lawn leading to the sunny terrace.

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Traditional Walled Garden