This is a design that Philippa Baldwin, one of our Great Garden Formula Course students has created for a client in Cumbria, UK.

Garden before & design layout

One of the first things I teach students in any of our design courses is how to arrange the space so the layout of the garden both looks good and is functional. As you can see, Philippa has done a great job creating interest and functionality.

Here’s what she had to say about her design…

“The garden was situated in a new build estate so soil conditions not great, it had just been turfed right up to the fence.  The garden is overlooked and lacked any shape or interest.

A good-sized lawn was required for sports and large patio for entertaining.  A pergola was suggested in the design but after much deliberation, the client decided to go for a functional but less permanent gazebo to provide the privacy.”

“In the New Year, the client is hoping to go for horizontal cedar fencing around the full boundary fence, to complete the design.”


Get the planting right is vital to any great design and Philippa has done a lovely job with the colours and varieties in her design. It’s already looking great in its first year.

And I love the simple finishing touches of the timber and gravel areas as well as the visual punctuation the clipped box globes give to the design.

If you’re in the Cumbria area, specifically Carlisle/Brampton and would like to hire Philippa and her team to design and build a garden for you, contact her via her Facebook page (website coming soon).

Hopefully, Philippa will keep us updated with more photos as the garden develops!

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    1 Response to "Great Garden Formula Student Garden – Philippa Baldwin"

    • Vince Ward

      Thanks for the post. Always enjoyable to see creative garden design!

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