Design Excellence Award (overall scheme under £50K)

Christine Whatley, Sylvan Studio - The Orchard House, Calne

Design Excellence Award (overall scheme under £50K) - Christine Whatley, Sylvan Studio The Orchard House, Calne
Design Excellence Award (overall scheme under £50K) - Christine Whatley, Sylvan Studio The Orchard House, Calne
Client Fiona Campbell
Suppliers London Stone, Chichester Trees & Shrubs, West Kington Nurseries, Landscape Plus, Langley Boxwood Nursery

This garden in a historic site inspired by the discovery of oxygen in 1774 by Joseph Priestly, who lived at the site. It has a strong narrative built around a contemporary architect-designed house. Oxygen, an essential component of life on Earth, weaves through the garden in the form of bubbles, symbolic of Priestley’s invention of soda water. The Oxygen Garden planting surrounds a dramatic oxygen sculpture reflecting primitive plants. The orchard is an older example of humans taming plantlife. Lines of Box "bubbles" punctuate the grass in a clear display of the human desire to control nature. The modern hint of a traditional knot garden connects the orchard to the inner courtyard, a highly contemporary water garden that is a calm reflective space viewable from the house or to sit within and with lighting creating a beautiful scene for evenings. The garden is wheelchair accessible and designed to look good from a slightly lower angle of view.

Judges’ comments

"The client’s brief was particularly tricky but the designer has managed to create an interesting garden design that is sensitive to the style of the house.

Sponsor: Nemetschek Vectorworks

"The composition and choice of plants is very good and includes the use of floating plants over the rill; the beautiful colours give a soft feel to the scheme. Existing walls have been carefully incorporated and other interesting elements have resulted in a confident, crisp design."

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