Chiltern Estate

Chiltern Estate

Having previously used Jo Alderson Phillips on another project, the clients approached Jo again to design this 6 acre site on one of the highest spots in the Chilterns. Orchard House or Chiltern Estate as it is otherwise known, is one of our long term projects.

Two large man made ponds already dominated the front garden together with a substantial woodland area planted within the last 30 years but which had never been managed or thinned. Beech trees, so characteristic of the Chilterns had been butchered above and below ground by previous builders and contractors as the drive was laid and ponds created.

Meanwhile amorphous masses of evergreens, circa 1982, dominated the rear garden, with a raised terrace of Indian sand stone, laid so badly that it represented a trip hazard.

Finally a neglected bog garden provided a clue to the natural springs that were later to be discovered. Rarely did a site call out more for a flexible & professional approach, from both designer and contractor, as the design and concept has evolved with time.

  • Native bulbs and wild flower plugs were planted in the 10,000’s
  • Woodland areas generally were restored
  • A breeze house and seating area were created close to the house, surrounded by mass plantings of Agapanthus Alba and Salvia officinalis.
  • A Former swimming pool was transformed into a raised vegetable area
  • A boardwalk some 80m in length led you to and around the bog garden, which in turn was planted with a mass of hostas, Irises, Loddon Lillies and Meadowsweet
  • A groove of Betulas, Jacquemontiis for the drier areas and Nigras for the wetter areas was planted

An orchard and wild flower meadow was planted with yellow rattle being introduced to impoverish the grass. Constantly developing ,the garden never ceases to surprise and challenge with its South facing, windy aspect and bands of clay interspersed with layers of water worn pebbles.

However this long term project is really too big to describe so please do take a look at our online book to discover the secrets behind this garden. Or watch the video below.

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GDC in the media

We’ve been lucky enough to have several of our projects featured in the media. To read some of these articles visit our media page.

Country Homes & Interiors featured this fabulous project in an eight page spread. What used to be an overgrown tennis court was transformed into a secret garden… read the article.

Homes and Gardens also featured this garden which was designed by Joanne Alderson Phillips and created by us… read the article.

Homes and Gardens also featured this garden which was designed by Joanne Alderson Phillips and created by us… read the article.

Homes and Gardens featured our longest running project in this six page spread. Set high up in the Chilterns. The six acre site is set in one of the highest spots in the chilterns… read the article.

Our oldest project, this garden is just stunning and so well maintained by the clients who have looked after it so well. Small wonder then it was featured in Homes and Gardens… read the article.

Our oldest project, this garden is just stunning and so well maintained by the clients who have looked after it so well. Small wonder then it was featured in Homes and Gardens… read the article.

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Homes and Gardens feature

country homes & interiors November 2021 edition