The Cambridge Garden Company offers a creative approach to designing and landscaping garden spaces and can offer a full design and build service from concept to completion.
Working with the owners and the estate manager of the Great Hall, the brief was to construct a new pathway and seating area in the ancient rose garden to facilitate a new opportunity to conduct outdoor wedding ceremonies. The work would need to be completed before the gardens were opened to the public and the old roses relocated to new beds.
This was a great opportunity to work within such magnificent surroundings and the rose garden was especially fine but we needed to move the established plants with care as some of the varieties were no longer available. The new rose beds were dug and in some cases the soil sterilised prior to replanting. All of the main landscaping, construction and replanting was completed on schedule and ready for the wedding season ahead.
To design a more useable outdoor space with emphasis on the paved areas together with a long low wall to the garden tree boundary and a new lawn.
The design for the new garden incorporated a new lower paved circular area that allowed for pathways and access to the gate and the garage whilst the planting of a low box hedge created a small formal garden with herbaceous planting for seasonal interest throughout the year. The upper patio area allowed for a larger outdoor dining table and chairs for entertaining and also a larger area for a small table and chairs outside the master bedroom.
The brief was to reclaim the garden as it had become neglected and somewhat overgrown prior to the new owners purchasing the property and moving in. The main access to the house was not well defined due to the overgrown planting and lack of defined path so more emphasis was required here. A larger paved patio, new lawn and open views of the fields beyond were also high on the list.
It was obvious that the previous owners had loved their garden and had been adding to it for many years but the trees had all matured and had been planted almost at random and blocked the fine view from the house. The plants needed to work with a new scheme and the bulk of them were relocated and incorporated into a new planting plan.
The new design allows for a much improved access to the front of the property and opens up the garden to the wonderful countryside beyond. Some of the trees and the old water feature area and its planting have been incorporated back into the new garden.
To refurbish existing teak boarding and provide new planting in containers for all three garden levels.
This was a difficult challenge as all the materials had to be carried up the various flights of stairs. The metal cube planters were linked to a hydroponic watering system and set on a timer for ease of watering care when clients were away.
To safeguard the existing Natural Swimming pool with a toddler proof fence and gate system.
The use of a picket style fence allows for continued views to the pool whilst acting as a secure barrier. The choice of English Oak for the fencing married perfectly with those used in the existing landscaping and would also weather naturally and remove the need to paint them !
The existing patio area to the side was also enlarged and matched in the same stone.
The brief was to overhaul the entire garden and paved areas to provide a more contemporary feel whilst retaining the ‘feel’ of the existing garden with the mature fruit trees and mixed hedging and pond area for wildlife. A small area for growing herbs and vegetables would be a requirement also.
The existing paving would be replaced with a natural sandstone and put onto a decent compacted base unlike the old one which was laid on sand and had moved.
The old seating area would be replaced with a small decking area and this would add another physical layer to the garden. The raised planter in Oak would act as a division and allow for a herb garden also.
The small existing pond that was previously ‘lost’ has now a prime position within the new lawn area and is quite a striking natural feature.
Informal natural stone pathway leads to the raised oak vegetable garden beyond.
Working directly with the client and property developer the brief was to create a strikingly simple yet modern aesthetic for the garden spaces at the front and rear of the property.
With emphasis on choice of materials and good planting the front garden was transformed with a series of clipped buxus balls and the remaining areas covered in natural sandstone stone mulch. The rear garden featured a polished limestone paved courtyard and planting including a black bamboo living screen and a custom built trellis screen panel. Three large olive trees in pots completed the mediterranean feel.