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One of the best ways to demonstrate how garden designers can dramatically alter the character of a garden is by taking photographs from the same spot before and after the work has been completed. What has taken place between the photos is the design process: the listening, thinking, noticing, problem-solving, assessing, designing and building of the new garden.

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Before image 1   After image 1

^ The front aspect of the Edwardian period house. Note the new French windows, the lack of definition of the drive and the slope.


^ The surface level has been built up to reduce the effect of the slope. A change of level has been disguised in the octagonal gazebo feature.

Before image 2   After image 2

^ A featureless front garden, overlooked and with an oversized deck area, few focal points and sense of privacy.


^ The deck is shortened in length, a water feature included and deeper borders with an island bed draw the focus of attention back into the garden.

Before image 3   After image 3

^ A featureless and overlooked garden with an interesting Magnolia in it.


^ The octagonal gazebo provides a focal point and attention is focused on the path and bird bath.

Before image 4   After image 4

^ A rough patch of overgrown grass lies between the greenhouse and the boundary. This space needed to relate more strongly to the new greenhouse.


^ Brick walls are built along the boundary to protect the southwest-facing area. A potager garden is created to link with the greenhouse and give a sense of purpose to this useful space.

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