Note: This garden was opened in 2018
The decorative blockwork, remnant walls of a previous house gave rise to an enclosed, walled garden, creating a whimsical and welcoming entry to a recently renovated country home.
Approaching the house along an established avenue of trees, a sweep of lawn addresses distant views to the sea. The broad deck allows outdoor dining and enjoyment of this open aspect and a view to potential ball games on the lawn.
A line of trees draws the eye and invites visitors through the gate into the walled garden area, where productive and ornamental plants create an enchanting outlook both during the journey into the house, as well as views down from inside the house.
Under the canopy of an old Oak tree, fire pit and strategically placed rock platforms create another seating area. Beyond the walled garden, refurbished buildings and meandering paths create further invitations to wander and explore through copses of fruit, native and exotic trees. Character and whimsy abound with changes of material in the enclosed garden, sculptural elements, found objects, an outdoor bathroom and pathway edging created from repurposed materials.
Photography by Simon Griffiths, who regularly photographs gardens for books such as those by Paul Bangay, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer and others.