denbighshire, north wales
award: planting award winner at society of garden designers awards 2014
winner (domestic garden <£250k) at british association of landscape industries awards 2008
size: 2 hectares
photography: helen fickling
The gardens of this large country house had been laid out some years before leaving a redundant field sandwiched between the immaculately restored stable blocks and walled garden. It was visually isolated from both the house and gardens and I had strong desire to make this new garden the heart of property. We opened up vistas to connect the stables and walled garden and projected a water rill out to join with the existing gardens beyond.
It was essential that this new garden respected both the architecture and the rural landscape and I chose to create a gravel garden that relied predominantly on planting and as the centrepiece I designed a piece of sculpture inspired by the stamens of a flower and crafted from English oak and lead.