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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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^ A set of concrete steps with a haphazard boundary wall. I didn’t know this at the time, but the steps continue into the neighbour’s garden with the wall dividing the steps down the middle.


^ I hid the steps by retreading the upper set and hiding the lower set under the return. This provided an undisturbed area in the patio where I located the dining table and chairs

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^ A mishmash of materials and surfaces (not to mention levels) created a cluttered and messy entrance to the pool area.


^ I reduced the range of materials and created curved steps to guide visitors easily and safely towards the pool area from the upper garden.

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^ A new conservatory with lots of windows overlooking an unattractive and neglected space. Directly opposite the conservatory (on the left of this photograph) is a 5m high conifer hedge.


^ I angled the patio areas at 45 degrees to create a strong diagonal pattern linking the house to the artists studio, calming the effect of the conifer hedge. A row of Olea europea (Olive) trees set in square hedge blocks (Cotoneaster horizontalis) creates a pleasing rhythm through the space.

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^ This narrow, shady area has been neglected and the summerhouse has very little to look out on to.


^ A serpentine path (sleepers and gravel) meanders towards the summerhouse making it a strong focal point and destination. The borders either side have been thickly planted.

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