Between 2005 - 2011, I managed the re-development of the gardens of this historic house just outside Bath. This involved redesigning all the planted areas, organising the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the garden as well as managing a team of gardeners.
The existing rear garden for this property on the outskirts of a village in Wiltshire was a narrow 3m wide strip. The clients acquired an additional 6 x 50m from the neighbouring farmer. The brief was to create a low maintenance garden suitable for a young family. Sensitivity was required for the neighbours to the south, so we placed the vegetable garden there rather than a play area for the children. A generous area of perennial planting wraps around the seating area adjacent to the house whilst planting is kept to a minimum in other areas for ease of maintenance. A dense hedge of grass, Miscanthus, softens the fence line and creates a visual link with views across the fields.
My own garden at home near Bath - still very much in progress.
Working with Llewellyn Harker Architects, we replaced outbuildings with a new extension and re-landscaped the garden.
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.
A contemporary renovation of a barn by Casa Architects. The client wanted a modern, minimal garden which would also be practical for her three children and sit well within the surrounding landscape of fields. The structural elements of the garden were formed with concrete to connect with the internal floors. The sunken lawn with raised walls makes a good area for ball games. A single grass species has been used in the beds to create a calm simplicity and to blend with the fields beyond.
Retrofit of 1980s house by Dow Jones Architects. I was brought in at a relatively late stage to design and implement the soft landscaping. Several mature white flowering cherry trees were planted with underground guys to create a contrast with the dark zinc cladding. These were underplanted with woodland plants such as ferns and grasses with a palette of white and lime green to create a lively freshness.
The building is shared by a number of offices so the garden was designed to provide the workers with a space where they could socialise together at break times. The garden is on a steep slope so the planted areas were banked in order to allow two large level areas which would be generous enough for large groups to circulate comfortably. An avenue of Amelanchier trees will provide shade to the dining area on hot summer days. Diamond cut limestone was used as paving to blend well with the ashlar bath stone of the building.