Japanese Garden

Designed by Debbie Roberts MSGD and Ian Smith MSGD of Acres Wild

The dream

The property is a Grade II listed early 18th-century country house. Following a successful garden development project on the property’s south side – designed by Acres Wild and built by The Garden Company – the clients’ next priority was to create a tranquil Japanese style garden to complement their new pool house.  Debbie and Ian of Acres Wild provided a stunning design concept and worked closely with The Garden Company to bring it to realisation.

The transformation

The architect-designed pool house is a beautiful structure with an overhanging roof invisibly supported by largely glass walls.  The Garden Company applied its landscaping craftmanship and knowhow to complement the pavilion with a footpath paved in granite and basalt, finished with a lovely ‘grippy surface’. The square slabs break out prettily where they meet the adjacent lawn to a scattered chequerboard effect.

The level lawn is framed and shaded by beds of clipped evergreens evoking a Japanese effect.

Drifts of Sarcococca sail above low platforms of Pachysandra in calm and restful greenery. On one side of the Japanese garden, ‘flowing’ away down the gentle slope, is the River of Life, crossed by a bridge and studded with glittering boulders representing islands in the stream. All this forms a coolly restful setting for the impressive pavilion.

The landscaping work is rich in detail and drawn from years of expertise and experience; a Country Life journalist described it simply as ‘a little world of its own …. First class’.

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