From start to finish

Finished garden

Before

After

Finished garden

Before

After

Finished garden
Finished garden
Finished garden

Family Garden in Catford

Overview

Small family garden in Catford, previously refurbished by a property developer with zero features except an established cherry tree in the back corner.

The Brief

This was such a fun brief as one of the owners was Finnish and wanted a garden that reminded her of the forest she grew up in. The clients also wanted to use sustainable materials wherever possible and most importantly the garden had to accommodate their baby daughters developing needs for discovery and creative play.

Design Concept & Process

The design had to accommodate:
  • A larger patio for dinning and yoga, for which we used the existing pavers with gravel from the front driveway to extend the surface area and make it SUDs compliant
  • A lawn for play and picnics, in this case we selected multi-species turf to add biodiversity
  • A path and retaining gabion walls which were created from reclaimed tree trunks from a local tree surgeon.
  • Pergolas that not only add privacy and support for climbers they double up as supports for swings and hammocks.
  • The planting design focused on woodland planting with seasonal interest planting close to the house to consider the views from the large bifold kitchen windows. We ensured that the plants chosen for under the large tree could cope with dry shade.

Testimonial

“We commissioned Carole to help transform our back garden from an uninspiring square lawn to a lush haven for wildlife and a place of adventure for our daughter. She did not disappoint, and we are so happy with our new garden! She listened to us and our brief, understood what we wanted and then transformed it all with her creative flourish into something much better than we’d ever have been able to come up with ourselves. We were also very pleased with how much she managed to conserve and re-use, avoiding unnecessary cost and waste. The process took a while but the planting was finally done at the end of last year and this spring has just been pure joy watching the different plants come to life. We’re going to commission her to do our front garden as well in the near future, and would happily recommend her to anyone looking to get more out of their outside spaces.”