Posts Tagged ‘Garden Design’
Monday, April 8th, 2013
Artscape have been featured in the Dartmouth Chronicle for our ‘garden with stunning views across the River Dart.
The Chronicle reported that Artscape were winners at the APL Awards 2013 for our Seaside Garden which turned a steep garden in to a garden with a ‘wow’ factor.
The garden was really overgrown and climbs at an angle of 45 degrees but Ross Moyse, Director at Artscape Design and Build said “I could see the potential.”
Jusges commented, “the design and planting is brilliantly sympathetic to the setting and very photogenic”
View the article and see pictures of the garden.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Artscape have just won a top garden design award at the APL Landscaping Awards. As well as a winning garden we received commendations on our other gardens. See more about Artscape’s awards.
Winner – Seaside Garden
Artscape Design & Build created a stunning seaside garden with fantastic views over the River Dart. As the garden of a holiday property the aim of the project was to deliver a ‘wow’ factor’ and maximise rental value. Key to this was making smart use of a steep bank that led to a view point at the top of the garden. Artscape introduced timber staircases and boardwalks with handrails that meandered through planting and up the slope to give access to an upper deck terrace providing a relaxation and dining area. The front garden and lower deck were harmonised using matching granite paving, across the front door, storage and seating areas, and finished with a modern trellis and bamboo planting to provide screening and privacy. The judges commented that the design and planting is “brilliantly sympathetic to the setting and very photogenic. There can be no doubt that the client’s brief, which included adding a ‘wow factor’ to the property, will have been met.”
See pictures of the garden.
Commended – Contemporary Family Garden
Artscape Design & Build Ltd constructed a contemporary garden with a strong geometric design providing a terrace for dining and a comfortable seating area. There is a large lawn for play and an area with a trampoline and climbing frame semi screened in the garden with a bay hedge and vegetable garden. Judges commented that the garden was “A great family garden of good scale in which the proportions work well.”
Project Value under £20,000
See pictures of the garden.
Commended – Courtyard Garden, Cliveden
Artscape Design & Build brought this courtyard to life by transforming it from a simple open space into a traditional life filled garden incorporating a dining and storage area and complimenting its prestigious surroundings. The judges commented that: “They have made a really intimate yet usable space which really showcases the plant collocation. It is comfortable, simplistic and soft, giving a marvellous impression.”
See pictures of the garden.
Commended – Swimming Pool Landscaping and Vegetable Garden
Artscape Design and Build renovated a disused swimming pool in a large open garden to produce a natural looking focal point. A heated pool with intimate planting and a pond with a board walk bridge were integrated into the space, complemented by a gazebo that created a lounge area. Artscape also located a raised bed, vegetable garden and decorative green house. Judges commented that this project which has been allowed to mature “really brings the swimming pool into context with the garden in a sympathetic way.”
Project Value £100,000-£250,000
See pictures of the garden.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Pioneers who helped create new standards in the UK landscaping industry celebrated a milestone in a reunion at Merrist Wood College near Guildford last week.
The event celebrating 40 years of teaching landscaping at the college attracted some of the leading figures in the industry, many of them former Merrist Wood lecturers or students whose work has won medals at the Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flowers Shows. Among them was David Dodd, who appeared on ITV’s recent series of Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.
Keynote speaker David Winn, of Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, outlined plans to develop a professional skills framework and invited businesses and training organisations to contribute their views. He explained that Lantra has funding from the Employment and Innovation Fund to produce the framework for land-based industries and was working with BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) and businesses to agree a minimum level of competence across the sector.
“During the forthcoming months we will be trying to contact as many businesses as possible for their contribution, as both qualifications and expertise must be part of the framework if it is to engage with all in the sector,” he said.
In his welcoming speech at the celebration, lecturer in landscape construction Tony Begg told guests that the event was also to honour the contribution of the late Brian Norcliffe, who introduced the first Ordinary National Diploma in landscape construction at Merrist Wood in the 1970s. The course had paved the way to new standards in landscape training, which had previously been confined largely to parks maintenance, he said. Mr Norcliffe was also instrumental in the founding of BALI, whose first Annual General Meeting was held at the college in 1972.
Guests at the event included two former national BALI chairmen Paul Cowell and Robert Gardiner and current vice-chairman Robert Field, who said he had enjoyed reminiscing about the old days and noted that landscape training at the college was “as strong as ever”. Robin Williams, founder member of the Society of Garden Designers, commented that he felt privileged to have been a lecturer at the college.
Merrist Wood director John Nutt said: “Forty years of teaching landscaping is a huge achievement and we are very proud of our former lecturers and students and the current strong teaching team. Many former students who are now very successful senior managers and business owners still visit the college to deliver guest lectures as well as providing work experience opportunities for our current students.”
To contribute to the development of the professional skills framework for land based industries, interested parties are asked to contact David Winn at email@example.com
For more information on landscape training at Merrist Wood College, visit www.merristwood.ac.uk
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
In the January edition of the Garden Design Journal Magazine, Artscape Design & Build worked closely together with fellow garden designer Tresa Pulford of Bluesteam Designs. Together, they created spectacular designs which included a log wall and a contemporary sandstone pond which was surrounded by textual planting with jewel flowers. Click the link below to view the full article.
Sunday, March 18th, 2012
No doubt with Chelsea Flower Show approaching a few Berkshire Garden Designers will be preparing to exhibit. As with all major flower shows garden designers spend months, sometimes years getting ready for the show. They will now be in the final stages, sourcing materials and plants, which need to be in perfect condition on the few days of the show.
At Artscape, Berkshire’s leading Garden Designers we know the amount of effort involved having twice won ‘Best Garden’ at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Efforts are concentrated on getting the timing right and inevitably that means a considerable amount of work well before the garden building commences a couple of weeks before the show itself.
See more of our recent garden design awards.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
The selection of the right garden features can really enhance a garden.
Artscape, prestige garden designers based in Berkshire, help their clients choose the perfect features from a range of suppliers, many supplying products that you won’t find anywhere else. These unique products include unusual water features, scupltures, and pots. Of course we have considerable knowledge of planting – over 25 years in fact – so we help our clients create gardens that are very special.
Producing a design that matches the client’s needs and then choosing every element from the plants to the features is something that requires considerable experience. Not only, being able to design but knowledge of plants, materials and suppliers to be able to produce truly special gardens.
See a small selection of the gardens that Artscape have designed and built.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Autumn is upon us and the temptation is to move inside and forget about the garden over winter. However now is the perfect time to be thinking about garden design.
If you are considering redesigning your garden, then starting now will ensure that you get the most possible use out of your garden next spring. By working on the garden design now – it will take a few weeks – and then a planting plan, work can start on construction and, where appropriate, planting during the winter. So when spring arrives your new garden will be ready for use and coming to life to give you pleasure for the whole year.
If you leave it then you may find that just when you are hoping to sit out in the sun – you may remember that we had a hot spell in April in 2011 – the construction and planting may not be finished.
If you would like to speak to someone about garden design give Artscape a call on 01628 629238. We provide garden design and build for clients in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and London.
Monday, July 11th, 2011
If you were unable to attend this year’s show at Hampton Court, here are 4 top highlights:
1. The Conceptual Gardens. Unique to Hampton Court, these are gardens, usually designed by young designers, that explore ideas not usually found in conventional gardens. There was one comprising entirely of edible fungi: more interestingly all the action is underground and only visible through a series of periscopes.
2. Jon Wheatley and Anita Foy’s vast show feature, the RHS Edible Garden. This included fruit and nut orchards, wild plants for free foraging, a vegetable garden, an olive grove and even a hot house full of tropical fruit.
3. Roses: not only all the main rose nurseries but a rosy pavilion celebrating Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland.
4. In a large blacked-out tent was the first night garden showing how to use lights in the garden.
Call Artscape, a previous Hampton Court show winner, to discuss ideas for your garden.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Slightly wild areas or where a formal garden meets woodland are good places for spring bulbs and blossom. Small plants in soft pastel colours canopied by delicate blossom merge together to create a gentle and romantic look and planting on a slope means that you will see the blooms in more detail.
Preparation and planting:
- Clear, dig over and weed the main area for planting
- Plant the magnolia and prunus (cherry), staking them if necessary. Ideally, do this in autumn or winter although if the trees are container grown they can be planted any time.
- Plant hellebores randomly to look as natural as possible.
- Plant the bulbs (narcissus, muscari, chionodoxa and scilla) around the hellebores in small groups and drifts. For a natural effect, scatter the bulbs and plant them where they fall.
- Finally, plant pot-grown primroses and erythroniums. For ground cover, try spreading Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle) and Tiarella wherryi.
Monday, April 18th, 2011
How does your garden look at night ? The evening can extend our pleasure of the garden immensely. How often do we work all weekend in the garden then all week in an office and never take time to enjoy the triumphs of our labour. Evenings can be a time when we can enjoy and savour the garden, when moonlight illuminates the flowers and foliage and presents a different, almost surreal, experience.
The obvious way to enhance the darkness is to use flowers that are white or bright in colour. Many varieties are best viewed in the shadows, the popular impatiens is a lovely example of a simple everyday flower that thrives in shady locations; plant them in pots on the deck or in masses in the front of borders and see how they reflect the moonlight to create beautiful mounds of brightness. Tall elegant trumpet lilies, towering at the back of your border, their deep outer petals contrasting with the brightest of white, or golden yellow, centres that glow in the moonlight. Many flowering shrubs, such as peonies, roses and hydrangeas, come in brilliant whites and yellow to add splashes of brightness to borders in the evenings.
Bright foliage is another way to create an evening glow in the garden. Lamium spreads in the garden bed while the mint-green silvery coloured Silver Licorice forms long draping sweeps that shine in the moonlight.
The smell of a night garden can be quite intoxicating with aromas tending to carry further than in the daytime. Evening blooms have a strong fragrance to attract to attract night-flying moth pollinators. The heady smells of Trumpet Lilies, Alyssum and the sweet vanilla scent of Heliotrope are just a few to consider.
Careful garden planning and design can enhance the night garden. Place plants that suit the evening glow close to the house, windows and patio so you can enjoy the sights and smells. The use of artificial light can create shadows and reflections as well as serving a practical use. Twinkling Christmas lights, draped through trees or around pergolas create a magical glow for parties. Water features can look stunning at night, perhaps add candles to add to the moon’s reflections on the water
The visual impact of bright colours, the scents of flowers and the sounds of the evening combine to make the evening garden a place to calm and soothe the spirit. In the evening we often have more time to sit, relax and entertain. Make your garden one that shines at night.