Tag: garden design Cambridgeshire

garden design offord cluny 01
garden design march 04

A generous site for a new build property and great brief: full-on TROPICAL ! I can’t wait to build this one as the planting palette selection includes many tropical-looking yet hardy ornamentals, and a few tender sub-tropicals which will be over-wintered in the heated glasshouse.

 

The bespoke garden gate and outdoor kitchen as designed will involve different local artisans.

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A charming site with dis-used post-war gravel extraction pits, this project currently under construction will create terraces and meadows, mown pathways, turf labyrinth near the church (see the walled garden, Fulham post) family beach and extensive pottager gardens.

Planting Zebra bed

mykonos 09 towards helipadMy earliest memory is growing a runner bean from seed at kindergarten.This sprouting bean started my life-long passion of plants.

Since building my first greenhouse and tending to my first vegetable patch aged six, I have been designing with plants and am fortunate, truly fortunate, to have practiced my passion around the globe.

I consider inspiration gained from observing natural vegetation communities and an understanding of vertical stratification, plant tolerance ranges, behaviour and symbiosis hold the future for sustainable planting schemes for our gardens, communal landscapes and degraded habitats.

 

Huntingdon Garden & Leisure 02

Whilst manager of the landscape division at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure I assisted in the design and planting of this site, the largest garden centre in England.

Mature trees were imported from Deepdale Nurseries.

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My first dissertation (MA Hons Landscape Architecture) questioned to what extent habitat creation schemes were posing a threat to existing ancient grasslands? Using field surveys I undertook on various grasslands in Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire, academic literature and my own seed mix trials, I fostered an understanding of responsible wildflower-rich grassland creation.

The moral concerns of local genotype pollution., distribution of non-endemic and non-native species, and the misguided view that we can create facsimiles of ancient grasslands are not, in my opinion, aiding our environment.

The study of vegetation communities and self-regulation/competition can, however, be instrumental in creating sustainable planting designs and solutions.

For my advanced diploma (historic environment) dissertation, and my current thesis (archaeology), I am gathering field-name, place-name and primary documentation evidence (Medieval charters, perambulations, land registers) to record the age of certain habitats on certain areas (Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire) to increase our knowledge of where habitats developed under human influence.

I hope my findings may be of interest to masterplanners and decision makers in how we maintain, manage and enhance our local environments.

Nuala 01

As a recently graduated young designer I was thrilled to have a client who was not only Business Woman of the Year, but also gave me a carte blanche to design and construct her garden.

The oriental atmosphere and peripheral pathway with garden pavilions that linked the primary and secondary spaces of the ‘L’ shaped garden were inspired by the interior design of the home. This worked well and integrated the garden and ground floor living space, with the garden maturing as the vegetation grew.

Display gardens 09

Whilst landscape division manager at the Garden and Leisure group (shortly after graduation), I was asked to design and build a number of display gardens to showcase materials, ornamentation, planting and ‘themes’.

As the site previously had a number of display gardens as patios, pools and borders, I chose to be inspired by geographic and temporal designs. The Oriental garden with hand carved granite statues imported from China proved the most popular, although children loved the Evolution garden (with fossil wall and bubbling oil pit).

The whacky ‘kitschen garden’ was a tongue in cheek exploration of an outdoor cooking area, with an aluminium sink and fridge shelves planted with ice plants, sempervivums and herbs.

Earith 02

garden earithThis modern development reflected the Dutch gable vernacular architecture of the area, and was a few hundred metres away from the banks of the River Great Ouse.

As the river floods annually the design had to incorporate flood defence, flood-tolerant planting and materials that could survive flood inundation.

The mulch in the lower terrace of the garden was made entirely of cockle shells, brought up river from the Wash.

The upper level deck terraces were gated and as the clients had a young family, access to each successive terrace was limited according to the age of the child.

Timber sleeper raised beds were built with a sluice gate recess to block and advancing waters.

Bury 03

Sited on the edge of the black fen, Bury was once within the miniature kingdom of the Ramsey Abbey Banlieu. This property was predominantly Victorian and lovingly restored.

The garden design integrated the driveway and approach (including a lime tree walk), to the orangery and the front garden, using a variety of natural stone and fired clay materials.

The huge urns were handmade, imported from Crete.