A newly completed garden in London. A fun garden design of mine with two distinct spaces. A lower level with a circular balau wood deck and curved retaining wall wiith steps that lead to an upper level comprising a lawn, planting borders and a stone path to the garden studio. The eco-friendly garden studio is designed by Black Cat Architects.
The Alley Pocket Park is a project organised by the White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures.The park is located in the Alley behind Claremont, Trinity Triangle, Hastings.
I was asked to design and plant up a user-friendly pocket park for the Alley. To provide a space for social gatherings, entertainments and also a quiet space for relaxation. All of the plantings provide year-round interest with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials. The plants chosen are wildlife-friendly which provide food and shelter.
The design needed to be in keeping with the industrial nature of the Alley. We used rough timbers for the seating area and large planters on wheels which provide ample room for trees and plants to flourish.
Darren French and Colleen Dawson built the first phase and Darren has built the new awning, vegetable garden and additional planters.
Lee Dyer Designed and built these fantastic new gates for the Alley entrance.
This garden had a very steep bank with difficult-awkward steps leading up to the house. We completely redesigned the garden by terracing the bank with brick and oak timbered retaining walls to provided a safe, complimentary and user-friendly set of steps up to the house. We also made sure to include wildlife-friendly planting schemes. It was very important to include a pond for the frogs, newts, stickle-back fish, bathing birds, dragonflies, foxes and badgers!
This 200ft garden in the heart of London is an oasis for the homeowner and one very special black cat. It is also home to the abundant wildlife who find places to nest, roost and play.
The homeowner and I have worked together for many years refining, pruning, shaping and adding new plantings to this lovely garden.
A great space with lots of potential for a new garden. The homeowner wanted low maintenance plantings with lots of colour. We repurposed an existing paved area and built three multi-level oak planters for vegetables and herbs. The oak planters are next to the new terrace and dining area which provide additional perching places when entertaining and herbs and crops within easy reach of the kitchen.
Check out this link to the garden video via youtube to see how it looks now. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Hmg4YZWcH38