Another wonderful garden from a Successful Garden Design student – it’s always lovely and so inspiring to get emails like this…

Thought you might like to see my small garden design. Did it myself but had help to lift the pergola beams – otherwise AMOW. Not bad for an 80 year old. Hope we can enjoy it for a few years!

We downsized to this new house in June 2020. The 10m x 7m garden had been done to ‘look nice ‘ with the usual square lawn and surrounding shrubbery etc. There was even a swing seat on gravel at the end of the garden. The builders obviously took the easiest route and there was no specific ‘design’ about it.
David hard at work!
I saw your course and did a lot of doodling on paper with straight lines and circles etc. and came up with what you see now. (I used container lids for the circles! )
I tried to do it quite cheaply with secondhand decking, retaining some shrubs and cut down (and improved)the lawn that was already there.

The pergola timber was new from diy store, we filled borders with perennials and annuals and a couple of dwarf fruit trees.
David’s design plan
Overall the cost was about £1500 for the timber, trellis, fixings, window boxes, cement, sand, gravel, edging, planting and a few extra slabs to augment the ‘mean’ patio. Furniture was extra of course.

Hard work, but we think worth it and hope other folk my be enthused and inspired by this result!
David Kaye
Thank you so much, David, for sharing your beautiful garden with everyone – I’m sure you will have inspired many :o)

If you’d like to do the same course David did then check out our Small Garden Formula Course…

And if you’d like to see some of our other students’ results watch the video below!



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!

    4 replies to "Small Garden Re-Design – David & Margaret’s Garden"

    • Diana

      An incredible improvement – the garden actually looks bigger. Cannot believe it was done by an 80 year old. Respect!

    • Nikki

      David, your transformation is a triumph! I am very inspired to do something similar in my small garden. Thank you.

    • Rebecca D

      Young at heart, what a brilliant transformation.
      Long may David and Margaret enjoy their garden.

    • Jean

      What a beautiful improvement! Thanks for sharing, I feel inspired (and on a very tight budget it’s great to see what you did with relatively little).

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