This garden was short-listed in the Society of Garden Designers 2014 Awards!




A south West slope in Hampstead, the project included the front and back gardens, a roof terrace, and pathway on the outside of the property.




The back garden of this property had been dug into a severe slope to make it level, maximising lawn space for the clients young family.

The rear elevation was approx 7m in height. 
The design had to reduce the oppressive feel of the retaining walls.


Design Interpretation


Maximising the available ground area meant the garden being designed vertically. 

Different planes of hard and soft materials were used to connect and disguise boundaries i.e. a curved paddlestone wall. 

Trellis over the foldback doors that runs through two adjacent boundaries, separating layers of planting and living wall. 

A wave of pleached Hornbeam creates a dynamic movement that connects the upper and lower garden. 

The living wall, which echoes the wave pattern.

High planters 3- 5.5M high, partly over the building, allow for layers of planting. 

Three specially chosen bonsai Pinus banksiana, themselves wave shaped, reach into the space creating visual depth without disrupting the play area below.

Further bonsai pines were used, with the same paving, on the roof terrace creating cohesion, further enhanced by the high planters seeming to be on the same level.

The vertical slate waterfall is appreciated from several important outlooks.

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Winner of the Principal ‘Design Excellence Award’ 2010

The BALI judges commented:

The design creates an affiliation between house and garden and is complemented by the finesse of materials and plants. An extremely complex and challenging site, in particular, the very high retaining boundary walls. The designer dealt with this  very successfully, spatially and with a good use of hard materials and some innovative planting solutions.

Andrew Wenham Garden Design
38 Hitchin Road
United Kingdom


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