The Cheshire Garden Shortlisted for Designer of the Year Award
December 6, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2020 in the category of Designer of the Year. The design which has captured the imagination of the judges is the Georgian Cottage Courtyard. This small urban garden is a project of which we are particularly proud. The scheme transformed a rather gloomy, concreted yard into a beautiful oasis at the heart of the city. The design needed to make effective of use of a restricted and challenging space to provide an attractive garden, whether for a quiet moment or entertaining friends, while also accommodating practical requirements such as parking and refuse facilities.
The clients for this project were looking for a complete transformation of the gloomy, concreted courtyard to the rear of their Georgian cottage into an oasis in the city. The design needed to deliver an outdoor space which would be both attractive and functional, all within a restricted footprint.
The challenge was to provide a beautiful view from the kitchen window and a seating area which could be enjoyed at any time, while also accommodating a small car and utilities such as recycling bins. The clients wanted a versatile space which could be used for entertaining and also wished to keep maintenance to a minimum. The overall appearance of the garden needed to be consistent with the neighbouring listed buildings and conservation area.
RHS Tatton 2019, Let’s Go Fly A Kite! – Definitive Plant List
July 15, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to be exhibiting a show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019 in the ‘Back-to-Back’ category. The garden is called “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” and depicts the work of the Children Today charity in its 25th anniversary year. The garden symbolises the work of the charity in supporting children and young people with disabilities to engage with activity and the outdoors. The planting scheme has been designed to reflect the colours of the Children Today brand and to include plants which are symbolic of the characteristics displayed by the beneficiaries of the charity’s work.
In order to try and raise more money for the Children’s Today charity the “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” garden is available for sale, either in its entirety or elements from the garden. If you are interested in buying the garden or any of its features, including plants, please contact email@example.com or call 07534 414909
When you’re busy with multiple projects at various stages of development, it can feel like there’s no time for anything else. However, it’s always good to get out from behind the desk to visit established gardens for ideas and inspiration, or just for sheer enjoyment – even better when it is only stone’s throw away! Tirley Garth is a private garden in a beautiful rural location in Cheshire which opens on a handful of dates each year for the National Garden Scheme. Arriving on a gloriously sunny, late Spring afternoon I was greeted by dramatic swathes of colour delivered by mature Rhododendron and Acer luring visitors up the winding driveway. At this point I knew it would be a good afternoon.
The Cheshire Garden was approached by the clients for this project after they had an extension completed on their house. The extension had encroached on an existing patio and had an overhang which made it quite a dominant feature. The clients were looking for a complete redesign of their outdoor space to complement the expanded footprint of their home. In addition to the impact of the new extension, the garden was also overlooked by an adjacent property. The clients wanted a garden which provided a variety of different spaces where they could enjoy sitting in the sunshine throughout the day, and which they could use for entertaining friends and family. As keen gardeners they had a number of existing Acer and shrubs they wished to retain in the new planting scheme.
As previously announced The Cheshire Garden will be exhibiting a show garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019, following on from our award-winning design of 2017. The design for this year’s show has been developed as a celebration for the 25th anniversary of inspirational local charity, Children Today. The garden will encapsulate their work in raising funds for specialist equipment which assists children and young people with disabilities to engage with the outdoors. The Cheshire Garden is now pleased to reveal the details of the design.
Who amongst us has not had the urge, during a long hot summer, to plunge into the cool waters of a shimmering pool? Gloriously, our garden designer, Jane had the opportunity to do precisely this while visiting Ellicar Gardens, near Doncaster, with the Society of Garden Designers North West Group, on a flawless day last June. This beautiful naturalistic garden is found at the family home of Sarah Murch, a co-founder of the company Ensata which specialises in the design and build of natural pools and swimming ponds. Sarah welcomed the group with a tour of the gardens which have been designed to provide a haven for wildlife. Entering via a beautiful enclosed area offered a tantalising and unexpected glimpse of the wonderful natural swimming pool which sits at the heart of the gardens.
The Cheshire Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019
March 1, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to confirm that it has once again been chosen by the RHS to exhibit a garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2019. This follows on from the success of The Cheshire Garden’s awarding winning design for the ‘Remember Me’ Dementia Garden at the 2017 show. Read more…
As a North-West based garden design business, The Cheshire Garden was thrilled to learn that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) had secured a site in Salford to establish a new world class public garden. RHS Bridgewater is currently being developed on the former location of Worsley New Hall, and when the RHS began offering the opportunity to tour the site while under development, I jumped at the chance.
Leaving the motorway and driving along leafy Leigh Road, an imposing set of wrought iron gates within a long stone wall are passed giving an early hint of the vast site which becomes visible on turning down the access road. At 154 acres, RHS Bridgewater is the largest garden project currently in development in Europe. Congregating at what was the entrance to a garden centre (just one of the many ways the site has been used over the years), me and my fellow tour participants were kitted out in some natty high-vis. Read more…
The Cheshire Garden was commissioned to develop a design for a small courtyard area immediately adjacent to the client’s house. The area adjoins the kitchen and a conservatory but was dark and damp and as a consequence an under used space within a larger cottage garden. The clients wanted the courtyard to provide an extension to their living space which they could use both as an outdoor room and as an attractive vista to enjoy from the warmth of their home during the winter months. Existing garden furniture and a contemporary water feature which had become lost amongst a jungle of overgrown shrubs at the end of the courtyard were to be incorporated into a modern design. The area was also used to provide an outdoor area for the client’s small dog – an expert escape artist! – and so needed to be contained. Read more…