potential in a site
One of Hugh
O'Connell's interests in garden design is the creation
of a classical garden in a modern setting.
The key to this is the
creation of a formal design whose proportions fit in harmoniously with the
physical restrictions of the site.
The result will be a
garden with modern, clean lines, that will fit in with the traditional formal
garden associated with, for instance, Grade I and Grade II listed Georgian
In the example I have
given on the next page, the main feature is a water parterre, which is designed
to blend in with the old (house, orchard and croquet lawn) and the new
(children's area, swimming pool and vehicle access). In an existing garden, all
these would have to be integrated into the design, utilising existing plants
wherever possible or practical.
Sourcing of materials for
such a garden also has to be appropriate for the setting. I can source
furniture and ornaments from a number of suppliers - an example being the
large, fine fountain shown on the right. The cast iron
fountain is 1.95m high,
with the bowl over 1m across, and water also comes out of the lion