The Friar’s Mead
A chance conversation at my local gym, whilst on the running machine, led to us embarking on a design for this striking Victorian house set on the Southerly slopes of the North Downs in Reigate, Surrey. The house had been lovingly restored over the previous few years and the garden was next on the list; an awkward shaped plot, with a beech hedge cutting diagonally across the main sightline, overgrown trees and a rather sad looking pool area provided the starting point. To design a garden befitting of the house, I created framed vistas set perpendicular to the house. These avenues, each culminating in a focal point, utilise trees and cloud hedging to control the lines. Whilst the route to the pool becomes an enticing meander along a sweeping, crunchy gravel path beneath Rose clad pergola arches. The installation of expansive tree, shrub and perennial borders blur the awkward lines of the plot and create a true English Country Garden.