Iford Manor is a Grade 1 listed garden designed by Harold Peto between 1899 and 1930. It is a highly regarded historic garden and attracts visitors from specialist groups from all over the world.
In January 2012, I was invited to design a new planting scheme for the Great Terrace, an area at the top of the garden 70m long with beds 3.5m deep; the beds had become tired, with overgrown shrubs, ailing trees and rampant perennials. I spent that year monitoring and recording the existing plants to assess which would be worth retaining before drawing up new plans. The brief was to retain the spirit of Peto’s original garden whilst acknowledging that it would be impossible to attempt an exact recreation. Over the course of 2013, the beds were cleared and replanted to the new design. This year, I am involved as a consultant to advise on general management of the garden.