Robert Kennett ~ Garden Designer

Garden design and landscaping from RHS Gold Medal winner
Telephone: 01747 858215

Walled cottage garden

The Brief

The existing garden in Compton Abbas, Dorset, had stunning views to all sides from a walled garden containing semi-mature trees, an unusual stone gazebo, no paths and lots of weedy soil.

We were asked to create a garden design that invited exploration and which connected the gazebo with the large Georgian farmhouse, while making use of existing mature trees. As much as possible we wanted to re-use materials found during landscaping and deploy reclaimed materials in order for the garden to sit comfortably alongside the house.

The Solution

With a 360 degree vista of wonderful rolling countryside it was important to have a visual anchor within the garden. So we created a central secret garden enclosed by beech hedges and with a raised bed containing an umbrella clipped bay tree, relocated from elsewhere in the garden.

Paths of gravel and reclaimed herringbone pattern brick were introduced to offer a journey around the garden, with various seating points offered along the way. Yorkstone paving found during landscaping was re-used to create a seating area in the dappled shade of an existing apple tree. Within only six months the reclaimed materials had aged in well and the effect was of a garden that had been in existence for many years.

If your garden needs a little secret hideaway where you can find peace and solitude call us now for a free initial consultation on 01747 858215.