Creative garden landscaping from design to completion


Tranquillity Garden 2015

A very special Garden Design project. This year, I had the pleasure of working for a very special customer – my family and myself. We have a great outside space, but certain parts of the garden were not being enjoyed.

The decking I had laid in 2000, was in good condition but it was time to redesign the garden to make more it as an area to relax and enjoy together.

It took a total of 4 weeks to transform the garden. My son Connor helped me out with the landscaping. When the garden was complete, we held an open day to raise money for the MS Trust.

The garden has since been used and enjoyed as both a tranquil and social space.

This area was messy and under used. I use the Log cabin as my design office.

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I started this project if February 2015. As it was my own garden, I had a free hand on how it looked.

The decking is a hardwood, which I reclaimed from the house end of the garden. The decking had been laid originally in 2000. After 15 years, there was minimal rot.

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Most of the planting was removed. I kept a large Acer Palmatum, 2 Olives and a tree Peony. The beds were filled with topsoil. The soil was covered with permeable membrane and then Scottish water worn pebbles. This is my son, Connor.

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I wanted to screen off this area, for a feeling of privacy and seclusion. I designed a screen based on a Japanese style. The screen is completely made from Oak fence posts. They were ordered from a local sawmill.

We set about machining down the timber and constructing the screen. It took forever!

But eventually came together!

It was time to think about plants, I could see a trip to Columbia Road flower market on the cards!

The seasons were starting to change and spring was in the air!

Time to add the garden furniture!

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I decided to hold an open day for the garden. So it was back to planting.

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We raise money for the MS trust, so it turned into a garden party,  tea and cakes were provided.

The garden party was well attended and everyone ended up in the tranquility garden.

Spelling mistakes on my Japanese calligraphy were corrected, Just like school!

We added a Japanese lantern as a focal point.

I even found some time to practice a little Yoga.

It has been a rewarding project, I particularly enjoyed the challenge of constructing the Japanese screen.
The recycled hardwood decking worked really well and the Oak screen has faded to a beautiful grey.
Now, to look forward to some sunny days and evenings to enjoy the garden.


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