The client initially wished me to design the land immediately around the house as a formal garden, leaving much of the block as pasture. The site was originally part of a larger farming property, and even though there were pleasant views of the surrounding countryside, any newly planted vegetation would need protection from strong seasonal winds so the view became introspective. Only once these more formal zones were planned, constructed and planted did I develop complementary ideas for the whole property.
Over the past eight years all the property has become garden, and it is still evolving – and improving. The fifteen garden rooms that make up this large garden are very therapeutic to walk around and consists of the Japanese courtyard, grand parterre and Ash walk and entertaining area and Ash and Elm woodlands and the lake.