A carefully designed garden provides an extension to your home and often needs to serve a number of purposes including entertaining, children’s activities, hobbies or quiet relaxation. A successful garden will be great to look at and enjoyable to use all year round. Everyone has a different emphasis on what they want from their garden, but any garden design will always consider these things:
- Is the design in sympathy with the character and proportions of your house and its surroundings?
- Does it make the best use of the space available and emphasise your garden’s existing good points?
- Is it practical and safe to use in terms of the ergonomics, choice of materials, and design features and can it be maintained in the longer term?
- Does it cater for all the users of your garden?
- Does it reflect your tastes and aspirations?
- Can it be built within the budget and timescale available?
Ultimately, the aim is to create individual and manageable gardens that have an enduring appeal, and which give the maximum amount of enjoyment, irrespective of your garden’s size.
Erika Hunt has a Bachelor of Design (Hons.) from Liverpool University and a Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) from the KLC School of Design in Chelsea, London. Erika was Student of the Year at KLC School of Design and a finalist in several national garden design competitions including BBC Gardener’s World Live and the Society of Garden Designers 25th Anniversary students’ competition.
Erika has been designing gardens in and around Cambridge since 2006.