Domestic Garden Construction - Between £60,000-£100,000 - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017


Sponsor: Johnsons of Whixley

Private Residence in Hatherop

Architect/Designer Graduate Gardeners
Suppliers Cotswold Stone Quarries, Piers Belmont Photography, Rand & Asquith (Aceblade), Senior Steel, Viridis Plants

The client’s work is based at home in a contemporary garden office. The brief was to create a modern feel to reflect the office while complementing the overall look of the period property and surroundings.

Two main challenges were that the office was sat higher than the existing ground level and there was a slight twist in the length of the garden near to the office. Notable existing features included a box hedge, fastigiate yew and two trees — cherry and birch.

After the design and build was accepted, the client wanted Graduate Gardeners to look at the area outside the cottage. The design and build of this area was also accepted and thus became one larger contract.

Judges' comments

"This is a quintessential Cotswold garden with a definite contemporary feel, designed around and providing the setting for the client’s garden office. An area of beautiful soft planting with Corten steel pond in front of the office leads into the lawn area in which are set individual flagstones leading back to the house. At night, an enchanting lighting scheme brings the garden to life and provides safe passage. A lovely scheme, beautifully designed and executed by the contractor, that successfully links the client’s modern garden office with the period property that is her home."


The Landscape and Garden Company

Project Private Residence in Enfield Designer Gilly Leach Garden Design
Suppliers H Butterfield, Instant Hedges, Island Stone, Rochfords, W Peck (Haulage)

This courtyard garden is entered through a recently built glass room. Millboard flooring inside continues out into the courtyard, fudging the boundary between house and garden. Elegant, sawn sandstone slabs, colour-matching the Millboard, pave the courtyard and clad walls as well as the tops of raised beds. The textural change of small setts slows the pace at a western red cedar arch. Wisteria sinesis and Rosa ‘Lady of the Lake’, trained up posts, scent the archway. This simple structure divides the garden, gives height and frames the focal point — a stone-clad wall and sheer-descent water blade. Cedar horizontal lath fencing contains the site and pleached Carpinus betulus provide screening.

Bowles & Wyer

Project A Regent’s Park Garden
Architect Kerr Parker
Designer Bowles & Wyer
Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer
Suppliers Bingley Stone, Deepdale Trees, Landscapeplus, Prima Industries, Vande Moortel,

An intimate family garden situated near Regent’s Park in the heart of London. The project involved a traditional property undergoing renovation and extension and in turn this required a complete redesign and construction of the garden to complement the scheme. Through close liaison with the client, architect and main contractor, Bowles & Wyer was able to come up with a restrained and cost-effective design solution to maximise the use of the external space. 


Project Private Residence in Staffordshire
Designer Alison Thomas
Suppliers The Garden Trellis Company, Jewson-Talke, Lady Brook Plant Nursery, Light Ideas

The challenge for the Designscape team was to turn the design for this unloved rear garden, part of which had been laid to Tarmac, into a stunning backdrop for a family wedding. New boundary walls, painted trellis and cedar wood screening sit well alongside the sharp clean lines of the porcelain paving. A lush planting scheme and subtle lighting provide a perfect place to relax with family. The outdoor fireplace and breeze house will help to make the space usable all year round.

Skidmores of Hertford

Project Private Residence in Kings Langley
Designer Emma Austin Designs
Suppliers Caithness Flagstone, Limegate, Springbridge Direct, Travis Perkins, UK Turntables

This scheme consisted of clearing a hard standing and car port then regenerating it with a new patio and resin areas, planting areas, perimeter wall, lighting, surface drainage and a car turntable, all finished off with a resin gravel driveway. The 1.8m-high perimeter wall was constructed using handmade bricks selected by the client. Specialist flint panels were also integrated into the wall and the client selected paving from Scotland. Further items included lighting and topsoil for planting areas. The car turntable involved constructing a suitable base. Resin bound gravel was then used to complete the scheme and the client was extremely happy.

PWP Landscape

Project A Contemporary Garden
Designer PWP Landscape
Suppliers GH Brooks, Interceramica, Knotford Nook, Milfords Building Supplies, TLS Turf

PWP was approached to design and build the garden for this semi-rural site and worked closely with the client to transform it into a modern, clean-cut space in keeping with the renovated house. The property benefits from a glorious sheltered south-facing aspect and rural views over surrounding fields. The design takes advantage of a natural flowing beck with a cantilevered viewing deck to capture the late sun. Multiple levels and feature steps lead up to the top "Pavilion Terrace", which houses a sunken hot tub. Here the scheme has been future-proofed for the later installation of a steel-frame pavilion with bee-friendly green roof.

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