Highgate Garden Design, N6Contemporary Garden, London
The clients of this Highgate Garden contacted London Garden Designer in Dec 2011, after seeing some of my work in House and Garden Magazine. They had recently moved into the house and were keen to have the garden ready for summer. The brief was fairly open, although one specific request was for a Garden Lodge to be used as a Gym and art room. This was something that would require planning permission so I set this in motion whilst I got on with designing the rest of the garden. The ground floor of the house opened out onto a deck that was one metre from the lawn level, and felt quite exposed to the surrounding neighbours. The garden also sloped across its width by about 1.5 m, so I needed to incorporate this into the design.
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‘Finally, the lawn is fixed to the ground with a combination of 6in fittings and bonding glue applied evenly throughout the lawn,’ Rory explains. ‘All fittings are hidden, so you won’t know they are there.’ As a finishing touch, landscapers will ‘spread kiln-dried sand evenly over the lawn and then sweep it in against the pile to pull the grass so it stands upright. This is when it looks it’s best,’ adds Rory.