The owners of a hotel in a conservation area in Bedfordshire needed to build a new community space for the hotel residents and day guests on the site of a derelict pub next door to their buildings. We were commissioned to design and project manage the build, that included complex heritage building designs for garden walls and renovation of an old Norman wall within the garden. We need to age the garden so that it felt as though it had been established for many decades. A complex planning process, and over eighteen A1 drawings later and we got the go ahead to build the Walled garden for the Old Palace Lodge Hotel, as a main focus for wedding receptions and outdoor dining. Finished in Spring 2019, we look forward to seeing the planting develop and the garden mellow over the coming years.
Victorian clay pavers, an eight foot heritage garden wall, a large central porcelain terrace and oak gazebos and pergola arches all combine to bring some classic elegance and a secret garden feel to the space.
The main planting is designed to compliment the hard landscape as classic English garden style. Evergreen perfectly clipped box and yew topiary give the centre and boundary of the garden structure a formal, stylish feel.
The main function spaces are surrounded by borders of beautiful perennial plants adding all year round interest, colour and texture to soften and complement alongside mature ornamental trees including stunning white trunk birch and ornamental cherry trees giving exquisite Spring blossom and dramatic stem interest over winter.
Ornamental grasses interspersed between the main planting add movement and balance creating a modern feel.
Shrub and climbing roses in complementary whites, reds & pinks are used to add yet more colour and opulent scent, with climbing roses and wysteria grown against the walls to give the feel of a classic walled garden.
4 Knot garden sections are the main planting focus of the centre which surround the central terrace area. These are formed from clipped box and filled with soft planting spilling out with colour and scent.
Both Spring and early Summer flowering bulbs (crocus, narcissus, white and black tulips and alliums) add a succession of colourful, elegant forms from February to June meaning is always early season interest, before the rest of the garden peaks in July.
Outside the main hotel building, topiary yew cones are grown in planters that can be moved, and low planters tastefully separate table areas. Seasonal colourful planting (annuals or winter colour) also add interest to these planters.
The owners have invested in some stylish garden seating PODS from ‘Ornate Garden’ which add a modern twist and provide a real talking point for clients to eat and drink under shelter.
AFTER (work not quite complete February 2019):