Tag: garden design huntingdonshire

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.

garden design offord darcy 16

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.

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.

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.

Carolyn 06

This design was a surprise birthday present from wife to husband. The brief was to have a low maintenance, high impact garden with year round colour.

Thankfully Carolyn’s husband was thrilled with the design and the project was constructed.

Ermine St 03

Ermine Street is the old Roman road that ran from London, through the Roman Fortification of Godmanchester on the south bank of the River Great Ouse, and where, on the north bank, the Anglo-Saxon town of Huntingdon was founded.

This garden site was a ground floor flat in Huntingdon’s old Workhouse, a Grade II listed building, behind which ran the the railway line linking London to Edinburgh.

With such varied history, the front garden design was eclectic, using salvaged and re-used materials including timber sleepers (not taken from the railway despiite local rumour!), roman style quarry tiles and eighteenth century reclaimed yorkstone slabs.