Sponsor: Hedges Direct
The Eco Garden
Designer David Keegan
Suppliers A1 Reclaimation, John Henry Mayors, Manchester Deck Company, Stone Market
A big part of the designer’s vision in setting out to design this garden was to truly create a connection between the inside and outside spaces, but as a garden distinct from a living room. The aim was to create a sense of being immersed in the garden even when seated inside. In setting out to achieve this, the designer deliberately decided not to follow the fashion of extending the inside out, but instead a separate space of nature that although it had a connection to the inside, its flow is complementary rather than continuous.
In so doing, whilst the two spaces coexist and connect, they offer a very distinct set of moods and, consequentially, emotional responses. The end result when you are seated inside the house and looking upon the garden is that it acts as a calming backdrop and picture, as distinct to when you sit in the garden, where you are immersed and escape the connection, and its confines, of what we call house, home and room. In this way the garden becomes a distinct, but complementary, separate space.
"This charming garden, created by superb workmanship and the use of high-quality materials, belies the challenges faced and overcome by the contractor as a result of difficult access. Southern yellow pine decking, Corten steel planters, cobbles, setts and a bee hotel in amidst beautiful naturalised planting have delivered a very theatrical, yet pretty and inviting, outdoor space."
Project Private Residence in Exeter
Designer Suzanne Ratcliffe & Nancy Hilland
Suppliers Barton Block & Stone, Blamphayne Sawmills, Bradfords Building Supplies, Simply Paving, Unique Steel Supplies
Having completed a major upgrade of the house by a local builder, the client was recommended to City Gardens by the same builder. The company was presented with the garden design by Suzanne Ratcliffe and Nancy Hilland of Hybrid Gardens that very much reflected the house upgrade works and the client’s liking for clean modern lines. Throughout the construction process there were many minor changes from the original design but it has remained essentially true to the design ethos. Materials were chosen by the client in collaboration with City Gardens and included the use of ceramic paving as cladding as well as surfacing for the raised patio. Planting was not included in the original contract but added later. Again, through collaboration, a Mediterranean theme was chosen and plants were supplied by Rainbow Nurseries and Urban and Rural Plants.
Project Our Space
Designer Cube 1994
Maintenance Contractor Cube 1994
Suppliers Europlants, Grenvilles, Jewsons, London Stone, Natural Stone
A contemporary garden design with three seating areas — for dining, relaxing and a bistro. The dominating factor in this small garden was the sheer height of the neighbouring garage walls. Taxus hedging was planted around the boundary so that when looking on the garden the focus is on the soft greenery. This was complemented by a new "Design Clad" system from London Stone. A 5m wide by 2m high "Steel Dark" section was designed as the backdrop to the dining area and two 5.5m-high Cupressus sempervirens were planted either side of the dining area to also soften the very tall brick wall. A bespoke designed steel pergola frames the view to the relaxing and dining areas, and tall copper "Florist" pots were placed to the rear of the patio. Strategic lighting is positioned around the garden to balance out the design at night.