Anne Jennings of Viridian Landscape Studio - Private residence, Chelsea
Designer Anne Jennings, Viridian Landscape Studio
Main/maintenance contractor Tendercare Nurseries
Suppliers Killigrew King, London Stone, Plankbridge Hutmakers, Tendercare Nurseries
The clients had recently purchased this unusual Chelsea home that they intend to use only for part of the year when visiting the UK. The garden was to play a crucial part in the overall style and vision for the house and the small space (112sq m) was to be designed in exquisite detail. The clients were away in Hong Kong throughout the refurbishment process. The design, materials, artefacts and plants were all approved remotely in consultation with the interior designer.
The garden was to have the appearance of a secret garden. Paving was mainly reclaimed York stone, calibrated throughout to 5cm thickness and, where used as terrace coping, it was sawn with a half pencil round edge and a drip channel.
A shepherd’s hut was commissioned as a children’s playhouse, with distressed paintwork and a retrofit moss roof. To add to the appearance of the garden, the client requested large trees to be planted and ivy to be retained as far as possible around the boundaries, with new ivy plants trained along walls.
The judges noted: "The clients’ brief for this tiny Chelsea garden was for a magical garden that would look as though it had been there for years — and the designer has achieved the brief with boundless imagination and beautiful attention to detail. A newly built shepherd’s hut has been ‘distressed’, in keeping with the secret garden feel of the space. Paving has been lifted and relaid and items of architectural salvage have been integrated with entirely appropriate planting. This is a lovely scheme that has been very well designed."
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