At the Association for Professional Landscapers Award ceremony last month, the prestigious landscape company Artscape won a ‘Special Feature’ award for this stunning swimming pool garden. Designed by Jill and constructed and planted by Artscape, the existing pool was totally transformed. The timber boardwalk links the pond and the pool, and the luscious planting creates the illusion that the water flows seamlessly from one to the other. The Gazebo is perfectly placed to provide shelter on sunny days and to capture the last rays of the sun in the evening.
Have a look at www.art-scape.co.uk for more photos.
If you live in the Cotswolds or are just visiting, pick up a copy of the latest Cotswold Essence magazine and find out more about Jill and her design practice.
Hot off the press are these photos of a garden that I recently designed in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol. The garden was excellently constructed by TAG Landscapes who are based in Chippenham. Although quite a small garden, there is now ample space to entertain and the raised wall doubles up as extra seating for parties. The espalier fruit trees take up little room but will provide a variety of fruit for years to come.
The raised seat is now softened with Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’, Penstemons and a haze of pink Verbena bonariensis.
My latest TV garden adventure was ‘The Landscape Man’ on Channel 4. Set in the beautiful Welsh hills, the restored farmhouse had no garden to speak of when I first arrived. My clients had three young children and a vast collection of rescue animals who all had to be catered for in the overall design. Sustainability was the key issue though, so we used local stone and re-cycled materials throughout the garden. The weather during the build was absolutely dire, with heavy rains and biting winds and yet the pressure to meet the TV deadline was ever-present.
However, it turned out to be a great success and the garden, with its slate terrace and drystone walls, now fits perfectly in the stunning Welsh landscape.
“Jill was engaged to design a new garden, including landscaping and planting plans on a new build site. The consultations, proposal and execution were excellent, and have made a huge contribution to the enjoyment of the home.”
David Walsh, Surrey
“The transformation of our garden by Jill’s design has been so stunning that we decided to spend our summer holiday at home in the garden this year, instead of going away!”
Lisa and Tony Roberts, Surrey
“Jill has designed some of the best gardens The Outdoor Room has ever built. She always shows great attention to detail and the end results are stunning. I would not hesitate to recommend Jill as a friendly and extremely talented garden designer.”
David Dodd, The Outdoor Room Ltd
One of my Surrey gardens has been featured in September’s edition of Homes & Gardens magazine in an article entitled ‘Designer’s Secrets’. The site was a nightmare when I first saw it: heavy, wet clay on a steep slope which had been totally trashed by the builders who were constructing the house at the same time. Although the garden is very shallow, I have ‘borrowed’ the surrounding Surrey landscape to extend the views, and to make the garden feel far larger than it is.
A garden that I designed for the landscape contractors Artscape, has won the Overall Design and Build Award in the Association of Professional Landscape Awards 2010.
See the Barn Garden in my portfolio and also Artscape.