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Have your say and vote for your favourite garden in the SGD People’s Choice Awards. Simply click on the first image and then scroll through all the gardens. Once you have made your decision, click on any of the buttons to take you to the voting page.
Voting closes on 31 October 2017 and winners will be announced at the SGD Awards Ceremony on 2nd February 2018
Central to the brief was a garden predominantly green without a large sitting or children’s play area, it was primarily for looking at and adding to the beauty of the house. They wanted an organic layout with lots of planting with an emphasis on texture and form rather than flower colour
Domaine de Cambou
Domaine de Cambou is a garden to attract people, an invitation to enjoy, relax and explore. The ecology has been greatly enriched by the intensity of planting and brought back many species of insects, butterflies and birds from sparrows to sparrow hawks.
It is a practically garden to be in and move through. The east west historic connections are retained by a sinuous stone path floating over water. A timber deck is the primary resting place to be entertained by the dual performances of the river to the south and new plant displays on the north west slopes and waters edge.
Transform 17+ acres of equine land (including paddocks & ménage) into a ‘formal landscape’ retaining as many mature trees as possible. There should be multiple areas for entertaining large numbers of people and VIP guests who are expected on completion of the works.
The design was to create a garden that connects to the wider landscape and reflect a stronger sense of place. This was designed to look good mainly in the summer with relaxed seating for 6 with a firepit.
Islington Courtyard Garden
Brief was to make a really elegant space visible from all floors of property and accommodate outdoor sitting and dining areas using a complementary palette of materials and colours. Screening from neighbours was also required. New built-in seating area to enjoy morning sun and additional seating area with focal point fireplace.
The garden design is modern and contemporary, consistent with the style of the house and utilising materials sympathetic to both the exterior and décor within. The design gives privacy to the rear garden, minimising being overlooked by neighbouring properties and enhances space for entertaining.
The challenge was to create a feeling of privacy and seclusion with the restrictions of weight, punishing weather and exposure of a 13th floor corner roof terrace. We designed a multi layered, continuous steel planting system dividing the space into smaller, inhabitable spaces that could be enjoyed by a single person or a group.
As well as opening up the spaces, the client wanted to be able to flow seamlessly out from the house and into and around the garden, and feel that they were part of the wider landscape. They were also about to start a wildlife conservation trust and needed to be able to entertain large groups of people outside.
The clients wanted a stylish, secluded garden with a sense of privacy, where they could relax amongst verdant, textural planting. This was to be created in a very narrow north-facing street corner plot dominated by two large lime trees and with a 2m deep light well on the house side.
Sopwell House Hotel
Our brief was to create small, private gardens for apartments on the ground floor of ‘The Mews’ which supported the interior décor, but encouraged visitors not to linger too long so that they may us the hotel’s wider facilities (spa, restaurants and bars). A central ‘hub’ was requested for gatherings.
The Magic Garden
Our design for The Magic Garden at Hampton Court has created a contemporary space, which embraces the rich historical, cultural and mythical legacy of the Palace to deliver a ‘playable landscape’ that is unlike any other, and a landmark destination within the grounds.
Tyre Hill House
Water is at the heart of the design and flows through the entire space linking the new East and West boundaries. A bespoke granite water wall forms a striking synergy with the Malvern hills in the distance extending the vista outside of the space and forming a subtle link with the wider landscape.
A small garden that felt closed in, the idea was to open the views out to the sea whilst maintaining a feeling of landscape within. Installation of a mirror pool with infinity edge on all sides and integrated invisible pool cover integrating it as a frame within the house area (they are close so needed to work harmoniously with the property.
The primary objective was to create a space that looked incredible from the house, with the secondary objective to provide a sociable seating area towards the bottom of the garden, maintaining privacy and intimacy both in the house and garden. The interior colour palette to be mirrored outside.
A family garden with a large entertaining area including a swimming pool and pool building connecting to the living area of the house and with a visual connection to the surrounding countryside was important. Flow and connection to be created between the divided areas of the garden to draw people around the space.
The front garden had to be traditional in keeping with the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust but the client wanted a more contemporary rear garden. Dealing with the wide but short plot and views from large windows around the house was important as was keeping the ‘eye’ in the garden.