Wide Garden Design – Howard’s Garden Update

Normally, the SGD Student Hall of Fame is for gardens designed by you – on this occasion I’m slightly breaking it as I designed this one, live, in the Wide Garden Workshop we did in Oct 2015…
The reason I’m including it is because the owner, Howard built the garden, with no previous experience as a ‘retirement project’!

Be Honest, How Good Does Your Garden Look in the Middle of January?

If you’re like most people, probably not great… this garden is under a year old and still has more planting to do – it shows just what the right design can do…

Building the Garden

Howard did all the work himself apart from laying the main patio by the conservatory and then the new lawns being laid a couple of weeks ago.
The garden project involved him laying 2000+ setts on concrete foundations, which as Howard commented in his email “takes a long, long time!”
He went on to say, “Friends are amazed by the fantastic transformation in the garden from the original…so much more attractive views from the house and conservatory.
Hard landscaping is nearly finished, but more work to do on the planting next year. With the open space behind, the garden is exposed to SW gales bouncing off the house, and NE gales from Botany Bay in front funnel between the houses.  Need to put in some windbreaks and grow more wind resistant planting…”

The Power of Good Design…

Watch the video below to see how the garden all came together from design to build.

Well done Howard – you’ve done an excellent job, I hope you’ll give us another update in the summer once you’ve finished the planting :o)

I hope Howard & Anne’s garden has inspired you to properly design and plan your garden. If you’d like some help with that, do check out our online garden design courses where I walk you through the entire process, step-by-step.

If you’ve a ‘wide garden’ like Howard and Anne, then take a look at the Wide & Square Garden Formulas Course.

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About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 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. Janine McMahon says:

    Love it – great design Rachel and brilliant follow through by Howard. Well Done !

    • Admin Superstar says:

      Thank you so much, Janine 🙂 We appreciate your support and delighted to hear that you have enjoyed the design.
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