Tag: garden design wyton

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.

The headmistress of Houghton County Primary School approached me with a request to engage the children in a design exercise for a small courtyard space.

As I and several members of my family were former pupils of the school, the design package was of course offered free of charge, with the labour and materials provided at significant discount by the Garden and Leisure group’s Huntingdon store .

The concept was based on my interpretation of primary school student’s paintings of their ‘dream courtyard’ as a jungle with lots of seating for lunchtime dining and classtime outdoor lessons as well as accommodating a quiet reading area.

The following are a selection of various gardens developed from 1999-2001 in and around Cambridgeshire, England.

Clients included the Editor of Country Homes, Business Woman of the Year 2000 and a political advisor to Prime Minister John Major.
Various themed gardens were developed as a show-case for the Garden & Leisure Group’s/England’s largest garden centre at Wyton, Cambridgeshire, England, which included hand carved granite sculptures commissioned and created in China and shipped to the UK…. positioning such heavy works proved challenging!