It has taken twenty years to achieve a garden that we both love and enjoy. Having said this, parts of it are relatively new because we have changed and modified the planting and design of it. We live in a suburban area, where hedges and fences denote the boundaries of every garden. Consequently, we have no landscape to ‘borrow’ in order to give the impression of additional width to ours.
The elongated shape of the site has to some extent dictated the design of it i.e. a series of ‘rooms’ each with its own character and planting. It contains a Courtyard, Mediterranean garden, a Shade garden linked to the Kitchen Garden by a Gravel walk, Pond Garden and Woodland garden. However, unity has been achieved by limiting the use of hard landscaping materials and by echoing planting combinations and colour schemes throughout the garden.
Maureen is a gardener and practising artist and designer who divides her time between the development of the garden at Southlands, the garden design and consultation service she offers and her own work which she exhibits in galleries and craft shops. In the past she was a senior lecturer in art and design.
Maureen is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Cottage Garden Society and a listed RHS speaker.
Duncan is a practising artist who exhibits his work in major galleries throughout the country. He has now retired from his position as a senior lecturer and Head of Foundation Studies in Art and Design in a college of Further and Higher Education