Wildlife Friendly Garden, Bristol
The Garden Brief
The existing garden was overgrown with a mismatch of random patches of paving slabs and a large imposing shed in the middle of the garden, which separated the space.
The young family wanted a garden which they could enjoy as a family and with friends, whilst also creating somewhere to escape into. They wanted a fun place for their children to play and encourage a deeper connection with nature and wildlife.
A wildlife pond, lawn, pergola, dining terrace off the house with space for a BBQ, raised vegetable beds and a shed all formed the practical side to the brief.
The Garden Design
I divided the space into four unfolding zones. Immediately off the back of the house is the entertaining terrace with BBQ area and raised vegetable beds. Planting all around softens this space and brings the garden right up to the house.
Beyond this, the garden draws in. Abundant layers of textural planting spill onto a meandering stepping stone plank path. The planting surrounding the pathway frames an inviting view and creates a desire to explore. An intimate seating area is found nestled under a mutistem tree in a small opening overlooking a wildlife pond which emerges through the planting. A calm and intimate space.
Moving through, the garden opens up into a playful lawn for the children. Finally you are drawn across the lawn all the way to the back of the garden to a pergola structure within soft meadow planting. This is the perfect spot to sit back relax and enjoy the evening sunshine.
The garden encourages biodiversity with the planting variety, meadow and pond. A place to both entertain and step away from the bustle of the day. Moments of calm are revealed through the garden and destinations to find create surprise, intrigue and flow to the garden. Three small multi-stem trees provide height, rhythm and shade to the garden. A playful and tranquil family oasis to escape into.