Some recent award winning commissions for Astra- Zenneca, the PDSA, Brewin Dolphin Securities.
Children enjoy the refreshing spray from the pop up sprinklers whilst, the BBC record the garden for Gardener’s World. Rachel de Thame is seen enjoying the coolness of the fern garden.
Left: These powerful little jets – a ‘magnet’ for children! created an arch to run through. The garden, commissioned by AstraZeneca Alderley Park, was part of a larger naturalistic garden for the RHS show in Tatton Park Knutsford.
Ligustrum parasols protect shade loving ferns from the sun and pick up the circular theme of the stepping stones.
This garden built for Brewin Dolphin Securities featured a dolphin shaped fountain which revealed a dolphin motif etched onto glass. Sculpted turf dolphins attracted crowds of children.
The words ‘strong’, ‘solid’ and ‘dependable’ are conjured up in this aspirational garden which exudes confident formality. Minimalistic planting and materials give a strong sense of unity which is immediately softened by clouds of box balls in the distance.
The Living and Breathing garden – a low allergen garden for sufferers of asthma and hay fever. A reflective garden needs a reflective pool. Circular decks float on the surface like lily pads – one of these carries a ribcage sculpture which framed the AZ logo.
In 2003, rusty steel and composite decking were groundbreaking innovations – the decking being seen for the very first time at Tatton.
Pleached hornbeams – a ‘hedge on stilts’ creates a classic background for the garden and makes a successful link with the tall trees in the distance and some welcome shade for our guests. Unusual bedfellows – clipped box balls and dolphins make this garden a little out of the ordinary.
Southern yellow pine from the Manchester Deck Company and palm trees (Trachycarpus fortunei) evocative of warmer climates, suggest wealth, aspiration and wellbeing.
The Perfecta flags from Marshalls are reminiscent of polished terrazzo, and the dolphin image is reflected in the pool.
This garden ‘Pteridomania’ celebrated the fern. A stylized unfurling frond is depicted in the green serpentine mosaics that form the stepping stones.
The design concept. Soft smooth splinter free floating decks. The curvaceous steel wall adds a sense of enclosure to the seating area and adds tension and mystery to the rest of the garden.
A low allergen minimalistic planting scheme is used with plenty of contrasts in plant foliage texture, size and colour. Hostas and Rodgersia were appropriate choices for this situation.
A show garden with year one students from my Garden Design course. This garden featured pop-up sprinklers, a mist making machine which caused vapour to rise up from this pool.