suffolk garden, uk
Located on the edge of the Suffolk coastal marshes and in the shadow of Blythburgh church, this garden was based around a historic Arts and Crafts house. Although on a relatively modest scale, this country garden manages to neatly incorporate formal gardens, outbuildings, vegetable garden, orchards, wildflower meadows and a woodland garden with views onto the ruins of an Anglo Saxon priory.
The formal gardens near the house needed to reflect the architectural style while addressing the oblique view of the marshes to the north west. They progress from a stone and brick terrace to knot gardens, a formal cloister-like lawn (often used for croquet or badminton) and on to a lead-capped oak arbour designed by Charles Morris.
Jem designed, constructed and planted the vast majority of this garden in 2008 while living at the property, but it has flourished thanks to the ongoing care and passion of its owners.