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New Look at Gardenproud!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The new Gardenproud brochure is printed and available for you to see.

It features some of the highlights from our recent Landscaping projects.

To get your copy, or for more information about our

Design, Construction or Maintenance services,

just contact us at info@reallygardenproud.com

or, call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820

New Japanese Garden Design Book from Gardenproud

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you’ve got a courtyard garden, or an area you want to develop in a very special way, then think Japanese.

We have recently been invited by Russ Chard to co author a helpful book for all you would be Japanese garden fans.

It’s called “11 Simple Ways to Turn Your Garden Japanese.”

The aim of this book is to inspire you and give you lots of useful ideas to add a ‘touch’ of Japan to your courtyard or garden.

Japanese gardens are beautiful, peaceful, simple spaces, steeped in history and meaning. With careful design they can help you create a unique tranquil space in your garden, whatever size it is.

Russ Chard is no newcomer to Japanese gardens.

He fell in love with Japanese gardens after a delayed flight in San Fransisco, he visited the famous Japanese garden in Golden Gate Park and developed his interest from there.

Russ lives in Herts and has visited many Japanese gardens worldwide in his job as a professional broadcaster.

He has also built his own small space Zen garden at his home and this spring will start work on a moss garden and a dry riverbed hill garden.

Russ has been writing about Japanese gardens and Zen gardens for over 10 years and has published 3 books, plus has 3 very successful websites on the subject.

Gardenproud helped co author Russ’s new book providing a case study of one of their most recent projects. In this case a garden was given the oriental touch. You can see more about this project on this blog, just look for our December article “A Japanese Oasis in Tunbridge Wells”.

Get your copy of “11 Simple Ways to Turn Your Garden Japanese”
today. It’s FREE!!!

To obtain your copy of the book as a PDF download just visit Russ’s site : http://www.turnyourgardenjapanese.com

You will also get a copy of his Japanese garden newsletter called ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’.

Enjoy the reading and remember if you want some help designing and creating your very own Japanese Garden, then contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 713820.

A Japanese Oasis in Tunbridge Wells

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

About a year ago we were invited by a Tunbridge Wells resident to take a look at their garden. It had seen better times and the land was heavily terraced with a considerable rise in levels.

But it had real potential and at one time some thought had been given to the design and the terracing of the garden, albeit things were held together with loose rocks and old pathways and steps were crumbling.

There were a number of rather nice tree specimens including a couple of Acers and interesting Conifers. Elsewhere there were some overgrown Rhododendrons and a Camelia. An old bench sat on a grassy embankment at the top of the garden, commanding superb views of Tunbridge Wells.

The client filled us in on their brief for the garden which included a proper base for the seat at the top of the garden, revisiting the combination of steps, terraces and planting areas, a larger rear terrace outside the dining room, and another entertainment area mid garden. It would also be necessary to build in a watering system, and choose planting that was relatively low maintenance.

Armed with the brief earlier this year we set to designing and renovating the garden, from it’s old tired state to a vibrant new oasis.

Tim Sykes commented, “the combination of the terracing, rocks and the plants set the old creative juices flowing and inspired us to think of an oriental theme for the garden!”

Our vision for the garden was inspired by the Japanese, such as those at Chinzan-so, in Tokyo, and the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

“I adore the combination of colours and contrasting themes you find in Japanese gardens in particular the use of red (my favourite colour) to paint bridges and benches”, comments Sykes.

“To draw the eye and as a real feature we designed the new garden to incorporate a gloss red Lutyens bench set against a backdrop of a similarly crafted dense green hedge.”

The client loved our ideas and this summer commissioned Gardenproud to redesign and landscape the whole of the rear garden.

The design incorporated an upper sitting area and rockery, a series of lower pathways, steps and terraces, a large circular mid terrace, then further steps leading down to a lower patio area and the house. It included some perimeter lighting and a water irrigation system. Trellising helped to camouflage an otherwise unattractive shed and unify the design of the lower patio.

Many tons of new Sandstone Rocks have been brought in to create new rockery walls and new flights of steps. The use of Indian Sandstone pavers has been augmented with interesting stone patterns to create new features.

The use of rustic posts and handrails at key points in the garden, helps visitors climb the terraces, but just like the planting their juxtaposition deliberately takes the eye on a journey up the garden to that gorgeous red bench!

A planting plan was created that would help emphasise the Japanese theme and included Tree Ferns, Acers of contrasting colours, Camelias, Phormiums, Buxus Balls, Azaleas, Magnolias and Dwarf Conifers.

An ingenious water butt now makes best use of the rain water that runs off the shed roof.

Along the way a lot of other more mundane things had to be addressed! Including an enhanced drainage system, renewing boundary fences, new foundations for steps, a fair amount of earth moving (by hand), a lot of lifting ( so much lifting it’s unreal)! We painted the benches, then repainted the benches ( we can advise you which famous brands not use on outdoor benches)!

But the finished result looks reasonably faithful to the concept, and the client is delighted with his new oriental oasis.

Let’s hope we have a nicer Summer next year and our client and his friends can really enjoy this unique garden.

If you’d like to find out more about this garden or would welcome a fresh new theme for your garden in 2013 contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 173820.