My clients wanted to create a large new kitchen garden with a greenhouse in an empty field opposite their house. Their brief was to create a beautiful and peaceful area which was friendly to birds, bees and insects, and where they could happily lose themselves in their passion for growing organic fruit and vegetables.
I started by lining up the view of the new kitchen garden from the main window of the striking architectural tower on their house. I then designed a symmetrical layout of eight main planting beds formed from raised oak sleepers, with mixed hedging, ten different varieties of fruit trees and a long swathe of wild flowers framing the edges of the new garden.
At the far end of the kitchen garden I positioned the new greenhouse and four raised oak sleeper beds for summer and autumn rashberries. New wooden compost bins and a large old butlers sink for washing hands and vegetables were positioned behind the greenhouse out of view from the main house.