Society of Garden Designers Student of the Year 2006
What the judges say:
“Kate’s entry was of a high professional standard. She has an understanding of three-dimensional space and of how the garden relates to the house. The design flows between the different areas, inviting you to walk around the garden as well as sit and relax. Her presentation and drawing skills are excellent”
The Judges: Juliet Sargeant, Andy Sturgeon, Catherine Heatherington MSGD.
Kate submitted her final course project into the first Society of Garden Designers Student of the Year competition. It was open to all student members of SGD studying for a qualification in garden design and presented a real opportunity for students to launch their careers.
Kate was joint winner with her final project, a live brief for a real client, in this case a professional couple with two young children living in a detached house in Esher, Surrey. The existing garden was a 40 x 20 m rectangular site mainly laid to lawn with boundary hugging borders. The client expressed a desire for a low maintenance garden with year round interest and an area for the children to play. They specifically wanted to avoid the use of architectural plants, conifers and decking.
Kate’s design proposal sees ample parking for up to five cars in the front garden on a resin-bonded aggregate driveway for ease of maintenance. Planting offers subtle screening from the road while a wide brick drive/path gives a clear route to the front door. This brick surface has been repeated in the rear garden as the main path and step constituents.
The rear garden is traditional in style to reflect the architecture of the house. There are two main terrace areas – a generous space for dining near the house with steps down to the main lawn and a more secluded sunken area with fire pit for quiet retreat. Both terraces are in random York stone with brick details. At the back of the garden is the children’s play area, incorporating the existing trampoline, climbing frame and Wendy house.
There are two main planting opportunities in the rear garden: predominately sunny borders and areas of dry shade beneath the existing trees. The planting is linked with repeated use of low box hedging. Trees such as Acer
Palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, A.p ‘Osakazuki’ and Sorbus acuparia were chosen for autumn colour, while Malus hupensis and Amelanchier lamarkii provide spring displays.