Large Shady Garden, Cheshire

In this project, our challenge was linking a large woodland garden with an ultra contemporary extension to the house.  One of the key advantages of the site was the presence of large established trees.  Such features give landscapes an immediate sense of maturity and serenity.  They also provide an inviting destination and focal point from the house.  From these natural elements, I began to design a geometric plan near the house which gives way to a more curvaceous and exploratory design plan around these trees.

Hard materials also become more informal as one journeys away from the house:  black basalt with under-lighting flows into large stepping stones, cobbles and bound gravel.  Seating in various areas allow people to enjoy the afternoon sun and the changing dappled light through the trees.  Lighting is used to great dramatic effect throughout the space and the planting is predominantly evergreen.  The lush woodland understory provides a tapestry of foliage  throughout the year:  fragrant Sarcococca, winter blooming hellebores, and a wide variety of woodland plants including ferns, hostas, and daphne create endless change and interest.  The design provides a voyage of discovery with a coherent framework to guide the experience through the garden.