The Frog Garden RH2

Posted on 1st September 2016

The brief from this Surrey based client was to provide outdoor entertaining space that wrapped around the rear of their property.  They loved sunshine and wanted a hint of the mediterranean in their garden.  They also had acquired a band of five performing, human scale, sculptural frogs that were in need of a prominent stage.

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We came up with a design that would transport the client back on one of their relaxing holidays when out in their garden.  We divided the space up into a series of rooms connected with complimentary materials of oak, sandstone, gravel and rendered surfaces.

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Firstly a meandering gravel path entrance from the front of the house through gnarled olive trees lead to a dining area beneath a shade sail supported on reclaimed telegraph poles.  An outdoor food preparation area with Grill, pizza oven and built in storage was also designed into the space.  The oak deck was broken up with planting or aromatic herbs.

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Alongside this area we created a sandstone terrace accessed from the kitchen bi fold doors and surrounded on two sides by a water rill, fed by a water blade. The rill also provided a watery stage for the musical frog sculptures and we gave them a bespoke trellis backdrop made from rusty metal and more telegraph poles for evergreen jasmine and clematis to climb up. A floating stepping stone connected the space to the rest of the garden, accessed via more olive trees and a rich planting palette of ornamental grasses and colourful perennials.

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This lounge area then led onto a further snug nighttime seating area with a corten fire pit -the perfect place for a night cap! From here a flight of oak sleeper steps led to a raised area of lawn and more full planting with a row of pleached hornbeam providing screening from the neighbours property.

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