The garden is a 5 acre walled garden first established in C17 by Sir John Danvers (a previous resident of the Manor) who brought Italianate gardens to the UK – the client has reinstated large herbaceous borders, a new rose garden, an orchard and arboretum centered around a trout stream and duck pond. The Japanese water garden was the final piece to complete the grounds.
The scope of works included deconstructing and rebuilding an existing stream running through this part of the garden – it suffered with leaking substantially and the water levels were never sufficient. The stream was re-coursed, re-built and rejuvenated.
With restricted access many of the larger materials (1 tonne boulders) had to be manoeuvred by hand. This necessitated strong mental teamwork from the team as well as physical strength. They worked cohesively to ensure no weak links and proved what can be achieved when working together.
The garden was built using Pentland paddle stones, Highland galcial boulders, black polished pebbles interspersed with traditional Japanese planting of Azaleas, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Kirengeshoma palmata and of course Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ to name a few.
Photo Credit: Charles Johnstone Photography
Design: Roderick Griffin