Georgian manor farm garden
A design and build challenge for the front garden for a manor house farm at a well known adventure activity and riding centre that sits in a valley in the North Lakes. Yellow roses and lavender, and some kind of herb area were in the brief along with creating a formal traditional shape affront an asymmetrical building.
The garden had to sit naturally in the scale and rural and historic character of the landscape and buildings.
A sloping site, poor soil and severe weed and drainage problems had to be overcome as well as the difficulty of planting for long season colour and to suppress weeds in a site exposed to brutal temperature extremes and high rainfall. The front of house site meant that evergreen structural elements were needed through winter.
The activity centre’s blue and yellow logo colours were chosen for the planting theme and a wide range of ways of using this were found. A set of herb steps were added to one side of the lawn to complement a lavender hedge atop a dry stone retaining wall dividing the sloping site into flat lawn and floral areas. A rose arch, water feature and seating areas were included. Traditional local building materials, methods and local craftsmen were used.