Once a registry office, the garden was municipal and uninspiring. We created a garden to be interactive alongside the ever changing exhibitions inside the art gallery. A community garden planted with fruit trees, a small vegetable plot, a herb garden and meadow flowers. A local childrens group runs the weekly growing in the vegetable garden. Winding hoggin paths and grass hillocks for children to gather and play. Tucked in seating to stop and be still in the midst of a busy market town. Since the original design I have been back to create a planting plan for plants grown for dyes. These are now used for workshops within the gallery. It is a vibrant and well used space.
Hermès Roof Terrace, Marylebone
A roof terrace for the offices of Hermès Fashion House. The brief was to create a tranquil space for workers to eat and socialise. Long trough planters were added to maximise planting space and powder coated to match the Fermob Luxembourg tables and chairs. Planted with herbs for staff teas, mint, lemon verbena, sage and rosemary. Salvias, and erigeron daisies to soften and create a garden feel. Espalier figs grow successfully against the tall brick chimneys.
Coastal Garden Design. Lots of hardy coastal planting with sage and hellicrysum and rosemary. Shade planting design of ferns, euphorbias and wild geraniums. Hard landscaping design of gravel paths and reclaimed york stone paving. Oak sleeper steps lead to the meadow.
Town Garden, Wandsworth
A garden designed to be an extra room for a beautiful town house in Wandsworth, with an Abigail Ahern style interior. An oak sleeper built in bench set under a simple pergola, with a plinth for a pizza oven and wood store under the seating. Red cedar slatted panel fencing, which smells incredible incidentally when being installed. The slate shingles were a temporary addition allowing the garden to be well used until an extension is built. The slate can then easily be removed and more grey sandstone paving added up to the lawn once the extension is complete. Walls painted in Farrow and Ball downpipe.
River Cafe, Hammersmith
I worked alongside the endlessly inspiring Rose Gray to create this kitchen garden out of large wooden planters. This was such an exciting place to work, growing many varieties of fresh green salad leaves, herbs and vegetables in amongst the tables of crisp white linen. Up against the elements on the banks of the river Thames we grew so much including tomatoes, aubergines, artichokes, borage, sorrel, lemon verbena, borlotti beans. The River Cafe was a place to absorb and learn from, the very best inclusive school for anyone passionate about quality growing, eating and timeless style.
Roof Terrace, Old Street.
The roof of a striking factory building in Old Street. Asked by the wonderful clients to include bright pops of colour to keep the roof vibrant on the greyest of days.
The main frame of the design was a scaffold board floor and red cedar pergola to introduce warmth. Countered by the lush ferns, olive trees, climbing white passionflowers and vibrant virginia creeper. All contained within weathered steel and powder coated planters.
A family garden in rural Normandy, near the stunning beaches of the Cherbourg peninsula. Set in heavy clay that lends itself so well to the perennial meadow planting of ox eye daisies which we used in large swathes to cover the steep grass banks.
Created from a field that swamped the house, the land was dug out to open the garden up and allow views of lush planting from the house. Many trees have been added to give structure and height including, pears, walnut, magnolia grandiflora and catalpa.
A planting plan for the roof terrace of Shoreditch House Members Club. A large rectangular herb border was set into the roof to form a scented carpet of colour, using calendar, borage, thyme, redcurrant sage and many more, always buzzing with bees. The lounge like seating areas were surrounded with big beautiful double cupped scented roses that climb the pergola. The dining tables were nestled in with crates of strawberries, tomatoes, figs and edible flowers.
A small city garden as featured in Gardenista. L shaped oak sleeper seating set in with raised sleeper planters filled with white agapanthus. The silver and copper tones of the raj sandstone are enhanced by the silver and deep red leaved evergreens that provide lush, low maintenance planting with year round interest.
Large oak sleeper beds surrounded by hoggin create the kitchen garden’s strong framework. This allows the area to stay looking good all year round in it’s prominent position right up against the house. A children’s swing has been set into the garden, tucked in well under a hazel tree with a large border behind to frame it and to make the swing a more permanent attractive feature. Many fruit trees have been planted, more to come in espalier form. Because this is my garden I am constantly experimenting and never finished…